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CCCCD Offers CE Opthamology Assistant Course


December 9, 2004 - No one is keeping their eye on the medical field like Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) Continuing Education.

CCCCD Continuing Education is offering an ophthalmic assistant course during the spring semester Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m. at the Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd. in Plano. The cost of the course is $1,895 and includes 30 sessions.

Ophthalmology is the study of the anatomy, functions, diseases and treatments of the eye. The course also paves the way for students to enter the field of optometry, the study and care of the eye.

The course spans 60 hours of classroom time and 20 hours of clinical experience. Procedures that will be covered in the course include: taking medical histories, ocular anatomy and physiology, taking visual acuities, color vision testing, reading a patients prescription 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. The class prepares student to take the National Certification Exam offered by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Professions in Ophthalmology.

"I think that the ophthalmic assistant course is an incredible experience because instructor Dr. Scott McGregor is such an excellent teacher. He approaches the course from the vantage point that everyone there is a novice, and thus he takes you from the bottom on up to make sure that you learn every facet of the job," student and registered nurse Sandy Schwartz said.

Once the course is completed, students must work in the field of ophthalmology for one year before receiving their Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Certification (COA).

"Since studying the human eye is my greatest interest and love, I decided to take the ophthalmic assistant class offered at Collin County Community College," student Carol Coleman said. "I learned valuable information that I feel can be used in many areas of my life."

Registration and more information are available by calling 972.985.3711. Or, register online by visiting the newly designed continuing education website at

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.