Ophthalmic Medical Personnel

Ophthalmic Medical Personnel

Now is the time to pursue a career in healthcare. To get started, enroll at the college, then complete a program application using the instructions on this page. Program applications are currently being accepted by email only. Admissions Specialists are available to help you by phone or by email. Call 704.330.6284 or 704.330.6958 to schedule your personal phone appointment.

What You Will Learn

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.

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.

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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.

The Details

Apply to the Program

You are required to attend an ophthalmic medical personnel program information session as part of the application process.

The ophthalmic medical personnel program is a limited enrollment program. Each year a maximum of 20 students are selected along with five alternates. Students are ranked according to the score on the admissions form. If you are not accepted and you wish to reapply, you must complete a new program application.

Meet with a program admissions specialist if you have any questions.