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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate Program

with CCI Instructor


Class is canceled

Prepare for an entry-level position in ophthalmology, one of the fastest growing healthcare segments. Through classroom lecture and labs, this program includes: anatomy and physiology of the eye, general principles of pharmacology, prescriptions, visual acuity, basic tonometry and glaucoma. Review ocular dressing procedures, equipment maintenance, instruments and other areas. Students who complete this program have the opportunity to gain certified ophthalmic assistant certification, which is the core level of certification from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. This is the entry-level pathway for students to begin a career as a certified allied health professional in ophthalmology. To qualify for certification, students must have a high school credential, complete the course with a passing grade and complete 1000 hours with an ophthalmologist within one year of application. CCI’s student mentors will walk students through all of the qualification and application requirements for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) independent study requirement. Tuition includes textbooks. No class 4/15 & 4/17.

Note: This program does not include a clinical rotation, national or state certification but does meet the requirements of the AAO and its Ophthalmic Medical Assisting Exam -- which students may take after meeting certain work experience requirements.

Condensed Curriculum instructors are local industry professionals and bring formal teaching and/or field training experience to the classroom. Most have at least seven years of practical work, often times entering the classroom after decades in the field.

  • Feb 25 - Apr 22nd, 2019
    Mon and Wed for 8 weeks from 5:30 - 9:00 pm


207 934 7922

40 East Emerson Cummings Blvd
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 Get directions

Room: 105

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