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Ophthalmic Technology

Program Information


The Ophthalmic Technology Certificate prepares students to work as part of the healthcare team in the essential fields of ophthalmology and optometry. The program includes didactic, laboratory and clinical components specifically designed to prepare students for entry into practice as an ophthalmic assistant and to take the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) entry-level examination as administered by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). JCAHPO maintains accreditation through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), who verifies that programs meet the highest national voluntary standards for private certification. The certificate program curriculum was developed using program content defined by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the certificate program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical competence when performing ophthalmic procedures.
  2. Demonstrate responsible, ethical, and professional patient care.
  3. Employ components of effective communication.
  4. Apply an understanding of scientific and mathematical concepts to eye care situations.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to solve problems and think critically.    

Program Outcomes Data (PDF)