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Register Now for Spring Ophthalmalic Assistant Course at CCCD


January 5, 2005 – 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 patient’s 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.

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

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.