Ophthalmic Medical Personnel

Ophthalmic Medical Personnel

What is your vision for the future? Central Piedmont's Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Program can prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a highly successful professional in the eye care industry.

What You Will Learn

Typical duties of an ophthalmic medical assistant include taking patient history, administering vision tests and evaluations, taking eye measurements, providing patient services, assisting in minor procedures, and assisting an ophthalmologist. Skilled and personable professionals are in high demand and have many employment opportunities in medical institutions, health clinics, physician practices, or other settings where eye healthcare is provided. The ophthalmic medical personnel program prepares you to perform ophthalmic procedures under the supervision of a licensed physician. The program covers topics including ocular anatomy and physiology, diseases of the eye, optics and refractometry, ophthalmic pharmacology, patient care, and others. 

Successful students are able to use their skills and knowledge to earn a diploma and sit for the Certified Ophthalmic Personnel exam from Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. Students who have successfully completed their Associate in Applied Science degree and  passed the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) exam can go on to pursue further credentialing as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) and a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) to advance their careers.

Students in this program may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases through the provision of clinical services. It is for this reason that students are provided instruction on infectious diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, and infection control procedures to reduce the risk of disease transmission, including those published by national public health agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, please refer to our student OSHA hazardous communication standard (PDF) and student exposure classification bloodborne pathogens (PDF) forms.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our program is accredited by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA). Our certification exam pass rates are greater than 90% and job placement rate exceeds 95%. We teach students to be leaders in their industry and set high standards for our students. Learn from field-experienced instructors, gain valuable hands-on experience before you graduate, and complete your diploma at a fraction of the cost as compared to a private school.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

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