Ophthalmic Medical Assistant

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) for Ophthalmic Medical Assistant will serve as the initial education program for learning and understanding the core level of care for entry into the fascinating world of eye care in a clinical/office setting. The program will focus on learning how to assist and work with ophthalmologists. Included will be an overview of patient services and even assisting with minor surgical procedures, instrument care and maintenance. Special attention will be given to complete comprehensive eye examinations, including chief complaints and history taking, anatomy and physiology of the visual system, eye terminology, general medical knowledge as well as hands-on skill instruction.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Academic Plan
Ophthalmic Medical Assistant (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Clock Hours Required
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Admissions criteria

1. Background check requirements:

Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy.

2. Clinical health and safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Clinical Health and Safety Policy.

3. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.

4. 18 years of age to enroll.


Students will be required to take a randomized urine drug screen and submit a negative result prior to being eligible to participate in the clinical externship. The expense of the urine drug screen is the student`s responsibility.

Externship hours are site specific and may require attendance any day of the week, including during unscheduled days and times.

The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program serves as a pathway to excellent job opportunities and a lifelong and challenging career with the future opportunity of becoming a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA).

What You'll Learn
  • Demonstrate proficiency of various ophthalmic medical equipment and procedures in a clinical setting, including assessment, measurement, and testing. (OPH101, OPH110, OPH112, OPH114, OPH190)
  • Demonstrate leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal communication skills. (HLC130, OPH101, OPH110, OPH112, OPH114, OPH190)
  • Exercise HIPAA standards and regulations, interacting in a professional manner with diverse patients and the health care team in a clinical setting. (HLC130, OPH101, OPH114, OPH190)
  • Perform various scribing duties in a clinical setting at an exceptional level of expertise. (OPH101, OPH110, OPH112, OPH114, OPH190)
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Prerequisites: Admission to the program.
Required courses
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Clock Hours:606
HLC130Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery30
OPH101Introduction to Eye Care54
OPH110Medical Terminology/Abbreviations and Disease Processes for Ophthalmic Medical Assistant42
OPH112Clinical Theory and Skills177
OPH114Basic Skills and Ocular Assessment183
OPH190Ophthalmic Assisting Externship120

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