The Ophthalmic Assistant Program will serve as your 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. You will receive an overview of patient services, instrument care and maintenance, and even assisting with minor surgical procedures.
You will be instructed in various duties and responsibilities such as taking patient histories, basic eye testing and measuring, administering directed treatments and topical medications, diagnostic test procedures and equipment operation, anatomical and functional ocular measurements, patient care, anatomy and physiology of the eye and related body systems, ophthalmic and surgical equipment maintenance, safety and sterilization procedures, and office administrative procedures.
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.
Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency and to take the Ophthalmic Assistant Exam* that is accredited through JCAHPO and AAO.
*After 500 hours of employment (approximate six months), graduates may take the COA certification exam.
You must be 18 years of age, with a high school diploma or GED. Also, you have to obtain a Level I fingerprint clearance card, have a healthcare level CPR card, pass MCCCD background check and drug screening, and have proof of immunizations. This is due to off-site clinic visits and “hands-on care” training.
Information Session Attendance
If you are interested in a Healthcare program offered at the Central City Campus, you will be required to attend an Information/Advising Session that will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance. The sessions are held every Tuesday, from 1 to 2 p.m., in the Healthcare Department (Building A, Entry #4, Room A232).
You may find employment at eye care centers, eye doctor's/surgeon's offices or hospitals. You also may take advantage of career services to gain skills in interviewing, resume writing, looking for a job and other career guidance. Through these services you will be better prepared to complete successful interviews and attain employment.
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Ophthalmic Medical Technicians**
Certificate of Competency - Ophthalmic Assistant: $3,826*
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*Costs include tuition, lab fees and registration. Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on the 2018-2019 tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.
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