Ophthalmic technology is a rapidly expanding field with a growing demand for qualified assistants and technicians who work under the direct supervision of an ophthalmologist who treats disorders and diseases of the eye.
Ophthalmic assistants take medical histories, perform basic procedures and testing, and prepare patients to see the physician. You’ll provide intermediate level services such as patient histories, visual acuity measurement, visual field testing, refractometry, contact lenses, instrument maintenance and assisting the doctor with minor eye surgery.
Stark State also offers an ophthalmic assistant certificate that directly applies to the associate degree in ophthalmic technology.
Already working but not credentialed?
You can earn one of two career enhancement certificates to help you pass the exams for either COA or COT credentialing. You do not need clinical experience, but you must be currently working in the field of ophthalmology or have six months previous experience to apply.
Your pathway to a degree
You can start with an ophthalmic assistant certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in ophthalmic technology. After completing the certificate, students are eligible to take the national credentialing exam to become a certified ophthalmic assistant (COA).
Ophthalmic assistant certificate
Program learning outcomes
- Demonstrate technical competence when performing ophthalmic procedures.
- Demonstrate responsible, ethical, and professional patient care.
- Employ components of effective communication.
- Apply an understanding of scientific and mathematical concepts to eye care situations.
- Demonstrate the ability to solve problems and think critically.
After completing a one-year certificate, students are eligible to take the national credentialing exam to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA).
Students who complete the associate degree in ophthalmic technology are eligible to sit for the Certified Ophthalmic Technician credentialing exam (COT).
For more information regarding credentialing, see www.jchapo.org.