Ophthalmic Assistant

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An Ophthalmic Assistant is an allied health professional who functions as a member of the health care team in an Ophthalmology, Optometry, Optcian or Optical office setting. No previous experience is required to enter this program, but a professional and compassionate personality is necessary, and you should have a desire to assist patients with eyesight problems ranging from vision checks to surgical emergencies.

Your Building Blocks to Success

The Austin Community College Ophthalmic Assistant program is a certification track that will lead participants into a demanding field that rewards its professionals with flexible hours and great compensation. Students will learn to assist patients with a variety of eyesight problems ranging from routine vision checks to conditions requiring surgery. Additional knowledge will be gained in:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye disease
  • Fitting and dispensing contact lenses and eyeglasses
  • Procedures for managing the entire medical practice

Get Started Now!

If you have a high school diploma/GED, a proficiency in English (reading, writing, and speaking skills), are at least eighteen (18) years of age, have a clean criminal record, and have an American Heart Association approved card then contact our program coordinator to get started. You should also download the application located on our Ophthalmic Assistant program web page and submit it to the Austin Community College Continuing Education registration office. Discover a career that will bring out the best in you!

Program Information

Estimated Tuition
Time Commitment
12 Months
10 Hours / Week
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Your Road Map To Success

This program provides a career pathway into the ophthalmology field and prepares students to join a team of sophisticated specialists who are trained to handle the intricacies of the human eye as well as the challenges eyesight problems often bring.

Career Pathways:

This certification track includes:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye disease
  • Fitting and dispensing contact lenses and eyeglasses
  • Procedures for managing the entire medical practice


EMSX-3000 CPR for Healthcare Professionals

Semester II

OPTS-1011 The Visual System

OPTS-2041 Ophthalmic Techniques

Semester III

OPTS-2045 Advanced Ophthalmic Tech

OPTS-2050 Ophthalmic Surgical Tech

OPTS-1015 Basic Contact Lenses

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