Ophthalmic Assistant

Ophthalmic assistants work with eye doctors, taking on tasks such as preparing patients, performing tests, and handling specialized equipment. The Ophthalmic Assistant program trains students for entry level work in the field. It covers areas such as medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, visual and pupillary assessment, lensometry, basic tonometry, instrument maintenance, and regulatory and legal issues. Students will practice their skills in private clinics, teaching hospitals, and eye centers. The curriculum adheres to the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs standards and guidelines. This program meets requirements for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology national certification.


Enrollment Point: Winter

Ophthalmic Assistant

Certificate of Completion: 
4 Quarters
70 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
90 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters
90 Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
$35,200
Projected Growth: 
30%
Annual Job Openings: 
1,170

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit careerinfo.net

Tuition

At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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Scholarships

The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Larry Bovard


Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Must take the Accuplacer test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list (Pre-Algebra score of 40 or higher required)
  • Student must be attending high school, possess a high school equivalency certificate, or be a high school graduate.
  • Communication involving patient care in the clinical setting is critical to patient safety.  All students shall be fluent in the English language, including verbal and written language. 
  • Students must register with Castle Branch and complete the following:
  • Health insurance, both injury and sickness, is required for participation in the program.
  • Current (within one year) evaluation by a physician or nurse practitioner to ensure student and patient safety. The evaluation should address the following areas in respect to the student’s ability to perform the laboratory skills and clinical responsibilities related to becoming a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant. 
    • Ability to stand or walk for long periods. 

Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
COL 101 College Success 2
BIOL 105 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 5
AMATH 170 Mathematics for the Health Sciences 5
OPH 101 First Aid/CPR and Vital Signs 2
OPH 102 Medical Terminology 3
OPH 103 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology 3
OPH 104 Ophthalmology Front Office Procedures 5
OPH 106 Basic Clinical Skills in Ophthalmology 4
OPH 107 Ophthalmology Clinical Procedures I 4
OPH 108 Ophthalmology Clinical Procedures II 4
OPH 109 Advanced Ocular Pathophysiology 3
OPH 113 Diagnostic Procedures  3
OPH 115 Ophthalmic Pharmacology and Pathophysiology  2
OPH 118 Law and Ethics of Health Care 3
OPH 170 Communications 3
OPH 180 Human Relations  1
OPH 183 Professional Development 2
OPH 190 Practicum I 6
OPH 191 Practicum II 5
OPH 192 Practicum III 5
  Total 70

 

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
CMST& 101 Intro to Communications 5
CHEM& 121 General Chemistry or 5
BIOL& 160 General Biology  
COMP 100 Applied Composition or 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 20

 

General Education Course Requirements for AAS-T Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
CMST& 101 Intro to Communications 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
MATH& 141 Precalculus I 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 20

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Ophthalmic Assistant Program:

  • Apply knowledge within the scope of practice of an Ophthalmic Assistant working under the supervision of a board licensed Ophthalmologist in a general, pediatric, retinal, cornea or glaucoma ophthalmic practice;
  • Conduct pre-assessment screenings and ocular preparations using appropriate equipment and tools;
  • Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing with members of a health care team in an appropriate, culturally sensitive, effective and professional manner;
  • Demonstrate competence and accountability following the ethical and legal regulations while employed in an ophthalmic practice;
  • Qualify to sit for national certification examination for Ophthalmic Assistants provided by The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

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