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Ophthalmic Assistant

Quick Program Facts

Information Sessions

Attending an information session is an application requirement.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Until we can schedule in-person sessions, review the presentation slides and contact us if you have any questions: Ophthalmic Assistant Information Session (PDF)Listen.

We will post future in-person session dates as soon as our campuses are open.


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Role of the Ophthalmic Assistant

Career Video

Watch There Is a Career in Sight for You! (link will open in a new window) from IJCAHPO to learn more about the daily work of ophthalmic assistants.

Program Description

Our program prepares you for entry-level work in an:

  • Ophthalmology office
  • Optometry office
  • Optician
  • Optical office setting

You will learn to:

  • Test and measure eye function
  • Fit and dispense contact lenses and eyeglasses
  • Perform other office duties, such as:
    • Appointment scheduling
    • Third-party management
    • Payroll
    • Purchasing
    • Billing/collections

Credentials in Detail

After successfully completing all required courses and 500 hours (within 12 months) of documented work hours related to ophthalmology, you will be eligible to apply for the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA®) certification examination with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

Eligibility & Prerequisites

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • TSI-met or passing score on the Adult Basic Education (TABE) test, if applicable

Course List

Check course availability

Go to the Course Catalog under the Academics menu in MyTCCTrack and search for courses and course sections. Under the Advanced Search tab select the appropriate CE term. (Example: CE Qtr 3 2021 Mar-May) 

Application Deadline

  • September 15, 2021

How to Apply

  1. Attend an information session.
    • Submit your certification of completion form.
  2. Gather the required supporting documents & scan them if applicable.
    • Test score(s), if applicable
    • College transcript(s), official or unofficial, with a grade of "C" or higher to waive TSI/TABE
  3. Download, print & fill out the application.
  4. Submit your application via U.S. Postal Service or in person to:
    • Brenda McKeon
      Intake Coordinator
      Trinity River Campus East
      245 East Belknap Street
      Fort Worth, TX 76133
  5. Register for class.
    • Once you have been accepted, you may register for Ophthalmic Assistant courses.

Additional Accommodations

If you need to request accommodations, please call us at 817-515-1484.

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Fall & Spring Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Updated May 25, 2021