CPCC launches Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program

last modified Apr 16, 2013 10:59 AM

Responding to the requests of Mecklenburg County ophthalmologist groups and practices, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will open a new diploma program to train ophthalmic medical assistants in August 2013. Kathleen Rodgers, formerly of Horizon Eye Care in Charlotte, will serve as program chair and instructor.

The one-year program will prepare students for positions in ophthalmologist and optometrist offices. Upon completion of the program, students will take the national Certified Ophthalmic Assistant exam. CPCC’s program will be only the third ophthalmic medical assistant program offered by a North Carolina community college.

Given the Charlotte region’s aging population, eye physicians have a growing need for ophthalmic assistants. According to U.S. Dept. of Labor information, ophthalmic medical assistant is of the 30-most rapidly growing occupations in the nation.

Before joining CPCC as program chair, Rodgers, COT-JCAHPO, a certified ophthalmic technician, worked as director of clinical services for Horizon Eye Care. Her previous experience includes positions with Asheville Eye Medical and Surgical Associates and Carolina Eye Associates of Pinehurst.

“Kathleen Rodgers has a wealth of experience and expertise, having worked with some of the best eye physicians in North Carolina,” said Ruth Hedgpeth, MSN/MHA, RN, CPCC associate dean, health programs and early childhood education. “CPCC is fortunate to have her start our new ophthalmic medical assistant program. Our students will enjoy working with her.”

Joining Rodgers in the program will be two full-time instructors.

For more information about CPCC’s new ophthalmic medical assistant diploma program, contact Rodgers at Kathleen.rodgers@cpcc.edu.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC is celebrating 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry.