A-B Tech Ophthalmic Assistant Program Announces Information Session for Fall Classes

Asheville, N.C. – A-B Tech's Ophthalmic Assistant Program will hold an Information Session for fall admission on Wednesday, July 20 at 2 p.m. in the Ferguson Allied Health and Workforce Development Building, Room 449, on the Asheville campus. Classes begin September 6.

Ophthalmic Assistants work with Ophthalmologists (eye doctors) to assist with patients' needs during exams and procedures.

The full program consists of two courses with a total of 641 hours, including 108 lecture hours, 5 hours of CPR, and 528 clinical hours. Classes are taught by Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologists. Students must successfully complete both lecture and clinical portions to complete the program successfully. Students who successfully complete the entire program will be eligible to take the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) exam.

Prerequisites for the course include:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Completion of Reading Test (TABE) at an 11th-grade level
  • U.S. Government Issue, a signature bearing, non-expired photo ID
  • Interview with the lead instructor and/or coordinator of the program
  • $417.70 Registration Fee (Registration fee includes tuition, insurance, technology fees, lab supplies, and CAPS fee)

For more information about the program, visit Ophthalmic Assistant Program or call the Health Occupations Office at (828) 398-7878.

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