Ophthalmic Medical Assistant

The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program 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.


Academic Plan Code: 
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Total Clock Hours: 
Effective term: 
2020 Fall 1
Award notes

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).

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Prerequisites: Admission to the program.
Admission criteria

1. 18 years of age to enroll

2. High school diploma or GED

3. Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card (DPS)

4. Proof of immunizations

5. Healthcare Level CPR Card

6. Healthcare signature form completed

7. MCCCD Supplemental Background Check

8. Accuplacer reading score of 74 or greater or Accuplacer next generation score of 249 or greater, or ACT reading score of 22 or greater, or high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (within the last 10 years), or GED reading score of 175 or higher, or successful completion of RDG100 or CRE101 with a grade of C or better.

9. Accuplacer for elementary algebra (score of 20 or above) or transcript proof of passing score in class MAT081 and MAT82 or MAT090.

10. Current and valid government-issued photo identification.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Clock Hours:628
ISP116Computer Foundations24
ISP108BKeyboarding II36
OPH101Introduction to Eye Care54
OPH110Ocular Medical Terminology, Abbreviations, & Disease Processes42
OPH112Clinical Theory and Skills171
OPH114Basic Skills & Ocular Assessment181
OPH190Ophthalmic Assisting Externship120
Program Competencies
  • Demonstrate proficiency of various ophthalmic medical equipment and procedures in a clinical setting, including assessment, measurement, and testing. (ISP108B, ISP116, OPH101, OPH110, OPH112, OPH114, OPH190)
  • Demonstrate leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal communication skills. (ISP108B, ISP116, OPH100, 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. (OPH100, OPH101, OPH114, OPH190)
  • Perform various scribing duties in a clinical setting at an exceptional level of expertise. (ISP108B, ISP116, OPH100, OPH101, OPH110, OPH112, OPH114, OPH190)
  • Demonstrate effective patient transferring techniques utilizing various types of specialized equipment in the classroom. (OPH110, OPH112, OPH114, OPH190)

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