This 80-hour Ophthalmic Assistant | Optician Training course provides
students with the skills necessary to perform ophthalmic procedures in the
offices of an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist. Procedures will include:
taking medical histories, ocular anatomy and physiology, taking visual
acuities, color vision testing, reading patient's prescriptions on a
Lensometer, glaucoma testing, clinical optics and contact lenses, principles
of fitting and adjusting eyeglasses, general medical knowledge, optical
instrument maintenance, and the skills to assist in minor eye care surgery.
Is this class for you?
Students will prepare for employment in an Ophthamologist or Optometrist
office. This course is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters on
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9pm
. Students will
complete their 20-hours of clinical at a lab under the direction of the
This course is taught by Vision Health
Services doctors and staff who have been teaching successfully at Collin
College for over 11 years.
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Students may ultimately choose to become
certified after completing all requirements for the COA exam
(Certified Ophthalmic Assistant) or the CPO (Certified
Para-Optometric) exam. Students must work in the field for six (6)
months before they would be eligible to take the examination for
certification from Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
There is an additional
non-refundable liability insurance fee of $5-$13 added to the cost of