Ophthalic Medical Assistant Program

Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Program

Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Program Video


female student performing eye exam

What is an Ophthalmic Medical Assistant?

An Ophthalmic Medical Assistant works with an Ophthalmologist (eye doctor) by helping with the patient's needs.  The assistant will be taking histories, performing various procedures and tests, and preparing patients to see the doctor.

A-B Tech Continuing Education is accredited with The Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Programs (CoA-OMP).

We offer certification through The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) and this is a national certification.

Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) Certified Ophthalmic Assistant® (COA®) exam upon completion of the program.

As part of the pre-requisite for this program there will be a background check and a drug screen.  More information about that can be found here: https://www.abtech.edu/content/Healthcare/Criminal-Background-Investigations/Drug-Screening-FAQ.

A new class will be forming soon.  For more information please call Teresa Nix at 828-398-7878 or email: teresawnix@abtech.edu

The full program consists of two courses (total of 585 hours) taught by a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician. Students must successfully complete both lecture and clinical portions to complete the program successfully. Students who successfully complete the entire program will be eligible to take the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) exam.

Prerequisites for the course will include but not limited to:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Passing the NC DAP (NC Diagnostic Assessment and Placement Test-formerly called Accuplacer) at the college level for reading and math. Study guides can be located on the A-B Tech web site https://www.abtech.edu/testing-center/prepare-placement-testing Scores are good for 5 years
  • U.S. Government Issue, signature bearing, non-expired photo ID

Further Prerequisites prior to the clinical portion:

  • Completed list of immunizations, list will be provided
  • Successful background check and drug screening completed by Intellenet Inc
  • Reliable Transportation, as clinical sites can be up to 31 miles each way