Optometric Assisting

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This 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. Program approved by the American Optometric Association.

Program Content
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.

Admissions
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

3. Interview

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.

Application
Click on the link below to begin your application.

Allied Health programs application

Certification/Licensure

Optometric Assisting students are eligible to sit for the Certified Paraoptometric Assistant Examination upon program completion.

Course Sequence/Occupational Completion Points

OCP

Course Number

Course Title

Course Length

Time to Complete*

A

HSC0003

   Basic Healthcare Worker

90 hours

1 month

B

OPT0005

   Optometric Assistant 1

330 hours

3.3 months

   OPT0006

   Optometric Assistant 2

330 hours

3.3 months

OPT0007

   Optometric Assistant 3

330 hours

3.3 months

    Total/Full Time Student
1080 hours
10.8 months

*Time to complete is approximate and based on full time attendance.

For more information regarding career details, as well as the skills necessary to be successful as a Optometric Assistant, follow these links:

Basic Health Care Worker

Optometric Assistant

 

Instructors

Hutchison

Counselor

krughr@manateeschools.net

Job Placement Rate

Coming Soon

On-time Completion Rate

100%