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Ophthalmic /Optician Course

Ophthalmic assist/optician

This 15 week (100 hours) Ophthalmic/Optician Assistant Workforce Training course prepares students with the necessary skills to work as an entry level eye care professional in the office or clinical environment assisting either an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist. 

Skills taught include: 

  • ocular anatomy and physiology
  • conducting visual testing
  • reading patient prescriptions on specialized equipment
  • glaucoma testing
  • principals of fitting and adjusting eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • general medical knowledge, including medical histories
  • optical instrument maintenance
  • and skills to assist the doctor in patient care

Students will complete 60 hours of classroom and 40 hours of clinical instruction under the supervision of the course instructor or a designated employee at a Texarkana, TX clinical facility.

Taught by a local Therapeutic Optometrist/Glaucoma Specialist, the 40 hour clinical portion of the course will be split between a designated Texarkana Eye Associates location and local ophthalmic practice in the Texarkana area. Students must successfully pass an end-of-course exam to earn a Certificate of Completion from TAMU Texarkana.  The curriculum selected enables students to sit for either the JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Assistant exam or the AOA Optomeric entry level exam, once the required work experience is met. Student liability insurance and course materials are included in price of course. Materials will be distributed the first day of the class.

Contact Eye Care Assistant by email at EECD@TAMUT.EDU for additional information.

  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
  • p: 903.223.3000
  • f: 903.223.3104
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