Program Content: This Optometric Assisting program is designed to prepare students for employment in the eye care profession. Optometric assistants work with optometrists and other eye-care professionals. Course work includes ocular anatomy and physiology, eye diseases, refractive errors, vision testing, special diagnostic testing, fitting eyeglasses and contact lenses, and business management of the eyecare office. Optometric Assisting students are eligible to sit for the Certified Paraoptometric Assistant Examination upon program completion. The content includes, but is not limited to, communication and interpersonal skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, ocular anatomy and physiology, eye diseases, refractive errors, vision testing, special diagnostic testing, fitting eyeglasses and contact lenses, and business management of the eye care office. Program approved by the American Optometric Association.
Admissions: View information for admission.
1. Attend a program information session; applications are only available at these sessions. Call 941-752-8100 ext. 2035 to hear a list of dates and times for current program offerings.
2. Submit a completed program application that includes the following:
a. TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) pre-entrance scores required
b. Proof of Florida residence (ex. Florida Driver’s License)
c. Documentation of physical examination & immunizations
d. Completed application for background check
e. Proof of High School Diploma or GED
Length of Program: This program is 1080 clock hours, which takes approximately 11 months to complete if attending full-time.
Industry Certification: Program graduates are prepared to earn the AOA Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) certification.
Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet:Optometric Assisting (H170705)
For More Information and/or an Application: Contact Deborah Kinley: 941.752.8100 x 2008, Email