The Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), a not-for-profit agency, accredits Opticianry education in the United States.
The mission of the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation is to foster excellence in opticianry education by setting standards, assessing educational effectiveness, and identifying those academic programs that meet the standards, in order to aid programs to produce competent graduates who will provide professional services to the public.
Scope of accreditation: COA accredits two-year Opticianry degree programs and one-year ophthalmic laboratory technology certificate programs in the United States and Canada that are sponsored by post-secondary institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the Department of Education or CHEA.
Recognition: The COA is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA, http://www.chea.org/).
Recognition is a "key strategy to assure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education. Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement and accountability expectations that CHEA has established." (CHEA Policy and Procedures)
CHEA can be contacted at:
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510
Washington DC 20036-1135