Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant (OMA) program?

A.  CPCC's Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program prepares individuals to perform ophthalmic procedures under the supervision of a licensed physician.  The one year diploma program covers topics including ocular anatomy and physiology, diseases of the eye, optics and refractometry, ophthalmic pharmacology, patient care and others.  Fifty-four hours are dedicated to hands-on experiential learning under the supervision of a licensed and trained instructor.  Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant exam from Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

Q. Where does an Ophthalmic Medical Assistant usually work?

A.  There are many opportunities available to an Ophthalmic Medical Assistant.  Many OMAs find employment in medical institutions, health clinics, physician practices or other settings where eye care is offered.

Q. What are some common duties performed by the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant.

A.  Ophthalmic Medical Assistants take patient histories, administer vision tests and evaluations, take eye measurements, provide patient services, assist in minor procedures, assist or scribe for the ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Q. Where can I find more information on employment salaries and opportunities?

A.  There is currently and will continue to be a high-demand for highly skilled and competent ophthalmic medical assistants.  Salary varies depending on the size of the employer, the experience and certification level of the employee.  Learn more by visiting, http://www.myeyecareer.org/ or http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292057.htm.

Q. What advanced certifications can be obtained in the future?

A.  An individual who has completed a diploma in Ophthalmic Medical Assistant and has sat for the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant exam, can continue their education and gain valuable experience in the workplace.  Future certifications include Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) and Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT).

Q. How do I apply to CPCC's Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program?

A.  If you are a new student to CPCC, visit cpcc.edu and get started today.  If you are a current student at CPCC, apply today.