Course Information and Fees
OPTICAL DISPENSING (NQF level 6)
ND: (National Diploma)
Working as a dispensing optician is a varied and multi-faceted career, which offers a balance between working with people and using modern scientific technology to the benefit of the patient.A dispensing optician analyses a written prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist and also considers the lifestyle and working environment of the patient. By taking accurate facial measurements, using sophisticated equipment, applying knowledge of ophthalmic lens materials and interpreting the prescription, the dispensing optician can order, manufacture and process ophthalmic lenses and produce devices to correct defects of vision.
The work also entails screening before visual examinations as well as adjustments, maintenance and repairs to spectacles. The good dispensing optician develops and maintains a long relationship with the patient, which makes the career a rewarding and fulfilling one.
A dispensing optician usually sets up his or her own practice and registers with the HPCSA. The National Diploma in Optical Dispensing is an internationally recognised qualification.
For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.
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The fees for 2021reflected below may be subject to change.
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Total number of subjects to obtain the National Diploma: 19