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Ophthalmic Assistant

Quick Program Facts

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.
  • Passing score on the Adult Basic Education (TABE) test, if applicable

Course List

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How to Apply

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

We are not accepting applications to this program at this time due to the Tarrant County Executive Stay-at-Home Order, which was issued on March 24, 2020.

Please check this webpage after the stay-at-home order has been removed or amended by Judge B. Glen Whitley of Tarrant County.

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Updated July 02, 2020