Continuing Education

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19 Hours of Continuing Education Credits are available through ECP University!

You can enroll into any CE for $18.50 each. Or take advantage of our 12 for 12 Promotion.

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12 for 12 Promotion

$144for 12 CEs

Select any 12 CEs below and pay only $12 per CE.* A $78 savings!

* Additional CEs will be priced at $18.50 each.

Business Management - CE1

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe why loyal patients are important to the dispensary and how Dispensers can contribute to patient retention and satisfaction.
  2. Explain the concept of mentoring employees in the dispensary and describe the roles and responsibilities of a mentor and mentoree.
  3. Explain the importance of collaborating with employees in the dispensary.

Business Management - CE2

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain how to identify conflict and key steps for resolving conflict in the dispensary.
  2. Describe techniques for effective time management.

Business Management - CE3

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe best practices for managing inventory in the dispensary. Describe key techniques for effectively managing frame inventory and how to interact with patients when a product is out of stock.
  2. Define marketing and describe common marketing practices in the dispensary. Understand the concept of merchandising and how this can be done to sell products more effectively.
  3. Understand the advantages of setting goals and introduces and describes the concept of SMART goal setting.

Business Management - CE4

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Understand the concept of diversity and how diversity contributes to a better work environment in a dispensary. Provide information on different challenges associated with diversity and how to overcome these challenges.
  2. Describe the concept of ethics and review ethical practices in the dispensary.
  3. Provide key steps for having a touch conversation with a colleague or patient. Use these techniques for navigating tough conversations.

Patient Service and Selling - CE1

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe different types of communication and how to use an understanding of these communication types while interacting with colleagues and patients in the dispensary.
  2. Describe best practices for working with a patient's insurance when dispensing optical products.
  3. Explain how Dispensers can evaluate a patient's current eyewear performance and make recommendations based on their current eyewear.

Patient Service and Selling - CE2

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe ANSI Standards and how these standards are applied to polycarbonate lens materials.
  2. Define Sagittal value and how to consider different elements of sagittal value when dispensing lenses to a patient.
  3. Define the concept of Toric Transposition and how to use a lens clock to get the basic power readings of each lens surface.

Patient Service and Selling - CE3

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Understand how to dispense products best suited for children, how to measure children correctly and how to work with the parents of younger children.
  2. Describe techniques for dispensing optical products to patients based upon their unique needs.
  3. Know how to use the Needs Based Solutions approach in different patient situations.

Patient Service and Selling - CE4

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Know the basic concepts of fitting and adjusting a patient's frame.
  2. Describe different types of frame designs and materials and how to dispense to patients.
  3. Know how to use information about the patients prescription, lifestyle, and facial shape to make an appropriate frame recommendation.

Patient Service and Selling - CE5

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe the process for developing different types of lenses.
  2. Know how to do both manual and computer based order submission and give key information on how to transpose a patients prescription and submit a lens order.
  3. Describe the Lab process from beginning to end starting with Order Placement and ending with delivery of the finished lens to the patient.

Optical/Medical - CE1

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Give detailed information on how to read prism in a prescription and identify different types of prism. Provide information on how to use a lensometer to identify the amount and base direction of prism in a lens.
  2. Explain the difference between prescribed prism and induced prism and the purpose of balancing prism. Provide the rules for cancelling, compounding, and balancing prism.
  3. Provide information on how to identify lens power in different types of lenses. Provide a detailed description of how to use Prentice Rule in measuring the power of a lens.

Optical/Medical - CE2

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain the concept of vertex compensation and how to consider this factor when fitting a patient's eye wear.
  2. Explain how unbalanced magnification in lenses can create vision problems. Identify key elements of magnification and how to use a knowledge of these elements to balance magnification in a lens.
  3. Define focal length and explains the relationship between focal length and dioptric power and how to calculate focal length.

Optical/Medical - CE3

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Discuss the different parts of the eye and how they contribute to a patients vision.
  2. Understand the anatomy of the eye and how this knowledge should be used when working with patients.
  3. Have a general understanding of various ocular diseases.

Optical/Medical - CE4

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe vertical imbalance, how the patient experiences it, and how an Optician can compute and calculate the amount of imbalance in a lens.
  2. Describe key steps for re-marking progressive lenses.

Optical/Medical - CE5

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Give information on various ocular diseases, their symptoms, and the treatement. Identify the Optician's responsibility in identifying and discussing these diseases with patients.
  2. Give an overview of the different types of contact lenses and the benefit of each to the patient.

General - CE1

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain Progressive Addition Lenses and how these lenses are used to benefit patients.
  2. Know the various lens materials, how each material benefits the patient, and key factors for dispensing these materials.
  3. Provide introductory information on anti-reflective treatments and describe how these treatments benefit patients.

General - CE2

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe the concept of polarized light and how polarized lenses are used to benefit patients.
  2. Know the features and benefits of computer lenses and how to dispense these lenses to patients.
  3. Understand the concept of photochromism and the technology used in photochromic lenses. Apply this knowledge to describe the different features and benefits.

Technical - CE1

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe the processing time for each step in the lab and ordering process. Identify causes of delay in the lab and ordering process and how the Optician reduces these delays.
  2. Describe the difference between traditional and digitally surfaced lenses.
  3. Explain the benefits of digitally surfaced lenses and why design matters.

Technical - CE2

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Define different factors that affect and how to measure visual acuity.
  2. Describe various techniques used to adjust and mount frames and lenses. Knowledge of the various tools used in the Optical.
  3. Handle different adjustment scenerios and provide key tips for troubleshooting and making certain adjustments.

Technical - CE3

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Know the purpose of a lensometer, identify key parts of the instrument, and describe how to use a lensometer to verify a prescription.
  2. How to measure sphere power, cylinder power, and prism in a lens.
  3. Identify Single Vision Spherical and Single Vision Cylindrical lenses. Know how to add powers to Flat Top Multifocals and power in Progressive Addition Lenses.