Associate of Applied Science Degree: 90 credits
Monday - Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Enrollment Point: Winter Quarter
This program provides entry level training leading to a certificate as an Ophthalmic Assistant. Curriculum is based on Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs standards and guidelines. This program provides entry level training as an Ophthalmic Assistant and qualifications for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology JACHPO national certification exam. Course work includes the following: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, history taking, visual and pupillary assessment, pathophysiology, lensometry, basic tonometry, instrument maintenance, medical ethics, regulatory and legal issues. Included in the program are extensive clinical experiences in ophthalmologist private clinics, teaching hospitals, and eye centers.
A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of core course requirements (two  attempts per course only). To earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree, students must complete all requirements for the certificate program plus 20 credits of General Education.