Ophthalmic Assistant Proficiency Certificate

 This program of study prepares students to become ophthalmic assistants who will work under the supervision of optometrists or ophthalmologists to provide patient care by performing many different eye- and vision-related clinical functions. Ophthalmic assistants take patient histories, perform the pre-testing and follow-up eye and vision examinations, provide patient education, and perform basic front office duties such as telephone triage and medical billing and coding. 
Upon graduation, ophthalmic assistants may work in optometry practices, ophthalmology practices; optical dispensaries; optical laboratories; health care and optical equipment businesses; lens, frame or contact lens companies; and pharmaceutical companies.

The Ophthalmic Assistant proficiency certificate includes the admissions requirement of a composite score of 64 on the Kaplan health care exam. The Ophthalmic Assistant program is a select program. Based on feedback from employers, graduates are expected to be well versed in math, particularly degrees and angles.

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Ophthalmic Medical Technologists - est. salary $44,919*

**EMSI Data, 2020; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Ophthalmic Assistant Proficiency Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

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.

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