Ophthalmic Assistant Technician and Optician Programs
The Office of Continuing Education (OCE) is offering a non-credit Ophthalmic Assistant Technician and Optician Programs. This program will provide enrollees with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment in optical centers under the supervision of an licensed optician; or in an ophthalmic office as an ophthalmic assistant. Participants must have a high school diploma or a GED. The discounted tuition for each part of the two-part program is $1595.
Certain income eligible people may be able to participate free of charge.
Part I – Ophthalmic Assistant Technician and Optician Programs (163 hours):
Prerequisite: High school or GED Diploma; one year high school algebra
1. Ophthalmic Office Procedures -hands on- (15 hours);
2. Ophthalmic Equipment -hands on- (15 hours);
3. Math Brush-up (15 hours);
4. Overview of Ophthalmic Medicine (6 hours);
5. Community Ophthalmic Practice - hands on- (15 hours);
6. Introduction to Medical Law and Ethics (12 hours);
7. Introduction to Medical Terminology (24 hours);
8. Introduction to Optics and Lensometry -hands on- (15 hours);
9. Communication Skills (8 hours);
10. Ophthalmic Calculations -hands on- (15 hours);
11. Excel for the Health Care Professional -hands on- (15 hours);
12. Ophthalmic Observation (8 hours).
Part II Ophthalmic Technician Program (188 hours)
Prerequisite: Successfully completed Part I
1. Advanced Ophthalmic Calculations (21 hours);
2. Advanced Lensometry (30 hours);
3. Advanced Ophthalmic Equipment -hands on- (15 hours);
4. Review for the American Board of Opticiany Exam (ABO) (15 hours);
5. Field work/Internship - (80 hours).
Part III Ophthalmic Technician Program (15 hours)
Prerequisite: Successfully completed Part II
1. Review for the Opthalmic Assistant Exam (COA) (15 hours).
All participants must pass an entrance exam before being accepted into the program. Click on link below for details.