The curriculum for the three-year national diploma programme in dispensing opticianry (NDDO) has been reviewed to produce dispensing opticians that are:

  1. Trained in standard methods of mounting spectacles lenses on frames of various shapes and designs.
  2. Armed with the art and skill of ophthalmic lens production.
  3. Well-groomed in proper marketing and management skills in ophthalmic wares.

This is in consonance with the provisions of our enabling Act (Cap 09 Laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004) Part IV Section 18, Subsection 1(a) which states that the Board may approve: “any course of training which is intended for persons seeking to become members of the profession under this Act and which the Board considers is designed to confer on persons completing the training sufficient knowledge and skill for the practice of the profession.”

Thus the courses offered in the programme have been reviewed to adequately expose the students to the theory and practice of Dispensing Opticianry in six semesters.


  1. To produce skilled manpower in the art of ophthalmic dispensing (i.e mounting of spectacle lenses on frames; production of lenses; marketing of eye wares).
  2. To provide such training as would equip graduates of the programme to collaborate with other ophthalmic practitioners in providing eye-care services.
  3. To prepare student towards qualifying for registration with the Board.
  4. To produce Dispensing Opticians who could satisfy internationally recognised standards in Dispensing Optics.
  5. To prepare graduates of the programme for higher training (HNDDO) in the production of Lenses, Frames and Ocular prostheses.


  1. To produce Dispensing Opticians who are well grounded in the general management of ophthalmic dispensing.
  2. To produce Dispensing Opticians with sufficient technical skills who could efficiently utilise various types of equipment and machines in a modern ophthalmic laboratory.


  1. Graduates of the programme could be employed in Hospitals/ Clinics with Dispensing units (Public or Private).
  2. They could work in Optometry Clinics.
  3. They could also be employed in surfacing plants.
  4. They could go into self-employment by setting up Dispensing Laboratories to services Eye Clinics/Optometry Clinics, Hospitals, General public


Candidates who seek admission into this programme must possess a minimum of four (04) credits in WASC or SSCE at not more than two sittings in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

However, a candidate with a minimum of 10 years cognate experience in optical dispensing (apprenticeship), who has two or three credits in any of these, subjects may also be considered for admission.


The duration of the training programme is six (06) semesters or three academic years. The first three (03) semesters shall be devoted to general and foundation courses. While the remaining three semesters shall be devoted to professional courses and intensive practical sessions in the of ophthalmic laboratory including industries training. Courses in the programme are in two categories: Core and mandatory. For a student to graduate from the programme he/she shall be expected to obtain a pass grade in all Core courses and 80% of all mandatory courses.

The final professional examination to that will lead of the award of a Diploma Certificate (NDDO) will be conducted by the Board (ODORBN) simultaneously in all the training schools. it is only successful students in this professional Board exam that will graduate from the programme. However, unsuccessful students will be allowed to re-sit the qualifying examination in two subsequent years. A student who is unsuccessful after two extra attempts would be advised to withdraw from the programme

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