Ophthalmic Medical Assistant

Program Overview

The human eye is a fascinating and sensitive organ. Several subspecialists help care for the eye, and our Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program will help you move freely between them all. As an essential member of the ophthalmic health care team, you will assist in the effort to prevent, detect, diagnose, and manage conditions that can interfere with one of our most precious senses: sight. The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program serves as a pathway to an excellent job with lifelong opportunities and continuing education.

In this program, you will be taught the skills and knowledge needed to work efficiently in a clinical setting and side by side with an ophthalmologist, or in an administrative role. You will have direct exposure to the industry with our 24-hour shadowing program, 120-hour externship, field trips, guest speakers, and a cow eye dissection led by our medical director. The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program prepares you for certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), which is recognized internationally.

Take the first step in your career as an ophthalmic medical assistant. Start your journey today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why GateWay Community College?

GateWay Community College is the only college to offer the Ophthalmic Medical Assisting program in Maricopa County Colleges. It is considered a clock hour certificate program, which are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Ophthalmic Program at GateWay Community College. 

Program Location

SouthWest Skill Center (Arroyo Hall)

*The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program is moving from our Central City location to Arroyo Hall as part of the expansion to our SouthWest Skill Center located at 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale. 

Program Cost Estimate*

Certificate of Competency in Ophthalmic Medical Assisting:  $3,317  |  628 hours/7 months

*Months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.