Do you want a career that combines customer service and technical proficiency? Our Ophthalmic Assistant Proficiency Certificate program will teach you to provide patient care by performing many different eye and vision-related clinical functions in a variety of optical environments. Ophthalmic Assistants work closely with optometrists or ophthalmologists to take patient histories, perform eye and vision examinations, and perform various clinical administrative duties. Upon completion of the certificate, you'll have the skills necessary to perform ophthalmic procedures, process insurance claims and calibrate and maintain ophthalmic equipment and instrumentation in an office, clinic or lab setting.
Ophthalmic Assistant Proficiency Certificate
|Course Number and Name||Credits||Advisory Notes||Course Type|
|OPH 103 - Ophthalmic Testing||4 credits||Major Course|
|OPH 104 - Ocular and Ophthalmic Concepts and Refraction||4 credits||Major Course|
|OPH 107 - Ocular Anatomy and Contact Lenses||3 credits||Major Course|
|OPH 108 - Optical Dispensing and Patient Relations||4 credits||Major Course|
|OPH 110 - Clinical Experience I||1 credits||Major Course|
General Education Requirements:
All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.
Ophthalmic Medical Technologists
Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provide instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assist with minor surgical procedures, applying aseptic techniques and preparing for procedures.
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- Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
- Collect ophthalmic measurements or other diagnostic information, using ultrasound equipment, such as A-scan ultrasound biometry or B-scan ultrasonography equipment.
- Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
- Take anatomical or functional ocular measurements of the eye or surrounding tissue, such as axial length measurements.
- Take and document patients' medical histories.
How well does it pay?
New workers generally start around $32,216. Normal pay for Ophthalmic Medical Technologists is $44,919 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $72,626.