Q. What is the Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (OMP) Program?

A.  CPCC's Ophthalmic Medical Personnel 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, ATPO.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 Personnel Program 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) after completing the AAS degree and Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT).

Q. How do I apply to CPCC's Ophthalmic Medical Personnel 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.

Q. Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen information

A. Criminal Background Check and Drug screen: All accepted students are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen. Procedural information concerning these requirements will be provided upon acceptance.

Note: Criminal background checks (CBCs) and drug screens are required by clinical agencies/healthcare systems. If a student is refused access to clinical experiences because of a positive CBC or drug screen, the student will be unable to complete the clinical component of the course. Inability to complete the clinical requirements will result in a failure to progress in the program.

Under North Carolina law some people with criminal backgrounds may be eligible for an expunction to remove charges or convictions from their record. If you would like to know whether or not you are eligible, contact Single Stop at 704.330.2722 ext.: 6435 or email singlestop@cpcc.edu to schedule a legal consultation. To learn more about expunctions, explore the NC Justice Center’s guide.

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