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Ophthalmic Assistant

Program Quick Facts

Join the Ever-Growing Health Care Field with this Short-Term Certification Program

This 50 hour/7 week Ophthalmic Assistant Program prepares the student for entry-level positions in one of the fastest-growing healthcare fields. Through classroom lectures and labs, this program includes: anatomy and physiology of the eye; general principles of pharmacology; prescriptions written for the eye; visual acuity; and tonometry (basic) and glaucoma.  Also includes a review of ocular dressing procedures; maintenance of equipment and instruments and other areas.  With the increase in laser surgery and the overall technological advances in eye care, the need for Ophthalmic Assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020.

Once employed in the field of Ophthalmology and meeting certain work requirements, students will be eligible to sit for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Ophthalmic Medical Assisting Exam under the sponsorship of their employer. Successful completion of this exam serves as a prerequisite for the written certifying examination for Ophthalmic Medical Assistants offered by the Joint Commission on the Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) which leads to National Certification.

* Please note: This program is not eligible for Pell Grant or Stafford Loans (FAFSA). Please click here to view other types of assistance. 

Road Map to Success (Work-Based Training Program)

  1. Students must have high school diploma or equivalency
  2. Complete the Great Oaks 50-hour Ophthalmic Assistant course
  3. Take the AAO Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Exam
    • Successful completion of this exam serves as a prerequisite for the written certifying examination
  4. Complete 1000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of an Ophthalmologist
  5. Submit application to IJCAHPO to take written certifying national exam
    • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant ($300)
  6. Register for exam within 90 days
  7. Take test to become Certified Ophthalmic Medical Assistant

Download the admission packet here!

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The Ophthalmic Assistant program is offered at Great Oaks by Condensed Curriculum International (CCI). Since 1993, CCI has supported schools in communities nationwide with educational programs focused on healthcare and other in-demand disciplines.