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Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Admissions Process


The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant diploma program is a limited enrollment program.  Each year a maximum of 20 students are selected along with 5 alternates. Students are ranked according to the score on the attached admissions form.  If you are not accepted and you wish to reapply, you must complete a new Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Admissions Form.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted into the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program at CPCC, students must meet the following requirements.

  • The applicant must have graduated from high school or completed the GED.


  • The applicant must complete the CPCC College Admissions Application, available at Get Started.


  • The applicant should designate the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program using code D45510 as the program of interest on the CPCC College Admissions Application.


  • The student must submit official transcripts, in person or by mail, of high school/GED program and any college study to CPCC Student Records, Central Campus, Central High, Room 261, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235. It is advised that the student confirm receipt of the transcripts with CPCC Student Records.
  • International students applying for admissions to CPCC and the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program will need to have the International Transcript Evaluation completed by an agent outside of Central Piedmont Community College.  A list of International Evaluators is available in the counseling department in the Central High Building.  There is a fee for this service.


  • The student is required to complete the placement exams for math, reading and English.


  • The student should meet with an academic advisor or counselor to review placement test scores. Students must be eligible to enroll in ENG 111 before being accepted into the program.  Students requiring developmental courses, should complete these courses before applying to the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program.


Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Program Requirements

After completing the admissions requirements to Central Piedmont Community College, the student should complete the CPCC Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Admissions form.

A student is encouraged to complete ENG 111, COM 120 and PSY 150 prior to application to the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program.   An additional four courses will be considered on the admissions form.  Unofficial transcripts of these courses and the corresponding grades must be attached to the admissions form.

The Ophthalmic Medical Assisting Admission Form and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Admissions Specialist (drop box in HE 3545) on or before the application deadline. The supporting documentation must be attached to the admissions form.  Incomplete admissions forms and documentation will not be considered for acceptance into the program.

Applicants to the program are required to attend an information session.


Acceptance into the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program, students will be required to submit results of a North Carolina and/or national criminal background check at their own expense.  Students must also complete a medical exam, provide record of immunizations, show proof of medical insurance and carry CPCC’s accident insurance.  Current Provider Level CPR certification from American Heart Association or American Red Cross must be completed by the end of the first semester of the program. The student is responsible for the costs of each of these.  Required forms will be distributed at the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Orientation session for students who are accepted into the program.

The student must present evidence of good physical and mental health as specified in the ADA Essentials attached to this packet. (CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES FOR THE OPHTHALMIC MEDICAL ASSISTANT).