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Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Apprenticeship

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Competency in Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Apprenticeship is a 240-hour program that serves as a pathway to excellent job opportunities and a lifelong and challenging career in ophthalmology. Students will also participate in an 800-hour paid apprenticeship at the same time. The program will introduce students to learning and understanding the core level of care for entry into the fascinating world of eye care in a clinical setting. The program will focus on learning how to assist and work with ophthalmologists and opticians.

The program content includes a variety of skills associated with patient services and assisting with minor surgical procedures, instrument care and maintenance. Special attention will be given to complete comprehensive eye examinations, including chief complaints, history taking, anatomy and physiology of the visual system, eye terminology, general medical knowledge, and hands-on skill instruction.


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Field of Interest: 
Health Sciences
Academic Plan: 
Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Apprenticeship (CER)
Academic Plan Code: 
Total Clock Hours: 
Effective term: 
2021 Fall 1
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Prerequisites: None
Admission criteria

1. Verification of employment in ophthalmology

2. 18 years of age to enroll


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Students will be required to complete all required coursework and apprenticeship hours to be eligible to take the certification examinations. Students will have the opportunity to earn their Ophthalmic Scribe Certification (OSC) and their Ophthalmic Assistant (OA) certification. Upon completion of the program, students will also be eligible to complete their Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA).

Course fees include materials and one exam attempt for the Ophthalmic Scribe Certification. The Ophthalmic Assistant certification exam code will be included in the students` textbook purchase.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Clock Hours:240
OPH105Ocular and Refractive Clinical Assessment, Skills, and Procedures240
Program Competencies
  • Demonstrate leadership and interpersonal communication skills. (OPH105)
  • Display problem solving and critical thinking skills. (OPH105)
  • Maintain professional and ethical conduct in all job-related activities. (OPH105)
  • Employ HIPAA standards and OSHA regulations while interacting with diverse patients in a clinical setting. (OPH105)
  • Differentiate between the roles and responsibilities of various eye care professionals. (OPH105)
  • Display quality practice management techniques through effective teamwork and collaboration. (OPH105)
  • Perform comprehensive eye exams on a simulated patient with minimal to no difficulty. (OPH105)

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