If you would like more information about the
Ophthalmic Assistant Program
Call the Health Occupations Office
The next information session will be
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
in AHWD Room 449
Orientation will be Tuesday, October 12, 2021
at 8:00am-12:00pm in AHWD Rm 449
1st class October 13th, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in AHWD Rm 449
What is an Ophthalmic Assistant?
An Ophthalmic Assistant works with an Ophthalmologist (eye doctor) by helping with the patient's needs.
A-B Tech Continuing Education is accredited by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).
We offer the opportunity to sit for a certification exam by The International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) and this is an international certification.
Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) Certified Ophthalmic Assistant® (COA®) exam upon completion of the program.
As part of the pre-requisite for this program, there will be a background check and a drug screen. More information about that can be found here: Criminal Background Investigation Drug Screening FAQ.
For more information on upcoming classes, please call the Health Occupations Office at (828)398-7878.
The full program consists of two courses with a total of 588 hours--108 lecture hours; 480 clinical hours and is 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 will include but are not limited to:
- High School Diploma or GED
- Take a Reading Test (TABE) at the Health Occupations Office (call (828) 398-7878 for an appointment). Must score 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
- $377.70 Registration Fee (Registration fee includes tuition, insurance, technology fees, and CAPS fee)
Further prerequisites prior to the clinical portion:
- TB Skin Test
- Provide documentation of all required immunizations
- Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccination, and subsequent booster every ten (10) years
- Measles vaccination, unless Student provides serologic confirmation of immunity or documentation of physician-diagnosed measles
- Mumps immunization, unless Student provides serologic confirmation of immunity or documentation of physician-diagnosed mumps
- Rubella immunization, unless Student provides serologic confirmation of immunity or documentation of physician-diagnosed rubella
- Hepatitis B vaccination series (unless Student signs an appropriate declination form)
- Varicella immunization (chickenpox), unless Student provides serologic confirmation of immunity or documentation of physician-diagnosed varicella
- Influenza vaccination (required for clinical sessions occurring any time between October 1st and March 31st).
- Successful background check and drug screening completed by Wolfe Inc.
- Reliable Transportation, as clinical sites can be up to 31 miles each way
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