Ophthalmic Assistant

This 58-hour certificate program will introduce the student to the basic knowledge needed for a career in ophthalmic medical assisting. This growing field is one in which the assistant works independent of the ophthalmologist preparing patients for their eye exam. Topics to be covered include: anatomy & physiology of the eye, medical terminology, ocular disease pharmacology, as well as, hands-on skills. Some classes will be held in the offices of local ophthalmologists. Ophthalmic experience or medical assisting background is desirable, but not necessary. Students are expected to be a high school graduate or equivalent, and should possess strong math skills.

Fall Semester

Ophthalmic Assistant, Part I  This course will provide the foundation of knowledge regarding the basics required for all healthcare practices and an in depth understanding of ocular anatomy, and physiology, diseases and treatments as well as pointed histories, pharmacology and basic skills. Additional fee for textbook. Note: Many sessions will be offsite; students must provide transportation for these offsite sessions.

CRN: 16042 / Course: CSHH056 C3
Dates: September 26 - December 12, 2018
Days: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m
Site: Canton Campus, Room C303
Cost: $439

For all other payment types,
call 508-588-9100 x1310.

Spring Semester

Ophthalmic Assistant, Part II  This course will offer more hands-on learning combined with more advanced principles needed to perform at an entry level. The student must satisfactorily complete the first semester or submit documentation of at least 4 months full time experience in an ophthalmology practice in order to register for this course. Note: Many sessions will be offsite; students must provide transportation for these offsite sessions.

Certificate of Completion:

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of both courses.

About our instructor
Jane T. Shuman, COT, COE, OCS, President of Eyetechs, Inc., is a nationally recognized authority on clinical flow, scheduling and technician education. She worked in a high volume ophthalmology practice for over fifteen years and founded Eyetechs Inc. in 1999. Ms. Shuman has taught countless seminars on the integral aspects of today’s busy ophthalmic practice, including the annual conferences of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators. She has published numerous articles in publications such as Review of Ophthalmology, Administrative Eyecare, Ophthalmology Management and Eyeworld.

Withdrawal, Refund & Cancellation Information
You must complete and submit in person a withdrawal form, which is available at any of our locations. Withdrawals before the start of the first class are granted a 100% refund. Withdrawals after the first class are refunded 0-50% depending on the length of the course.

Certain courses may be cancelled due to low registration. Enrolled students will be notified as soon as cancellation decisions are made. A full refund will be provided to students who have enrolled in a class that has been cancelled by Massasoit Community College.

For additional information about the Ophthalmic Assistant certificate program please call us at 508-588-9100 x1509.

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Ophthalmic Assistant Standout Student
Elvira Korepanova

Ophthalmic Assistant - Elvira Korepanova

Elvira Korepanova worked as an Ophthalmologist in Russia for 30 years prior to relocating to the United States to be close to family.  She was a bit worried about her career prospects in her new home until she learned about the role of an Ophthalmic Assistant/Technician.  After hours of research, she found that Massasoit Community College was the only institution in Massachusetts that has a one-year certificate program with a specific focus on practical skills needed for the profession.  After attending an open house at the college, she quickly enrolled and started the program in the fall of 2016.
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The most important thing Elvira learned from the program was the value of practicing what was learned in class on real ophthalmic medical devices in a real hospital.  She explains, “When I started my job, I already knew how to use the majority of professional tools that I needed to work with”.  Since completing the program, Elvira was hired as an Ophthalmic Technician at the New England Eye Center at Tufts Medical Center.  She says she loves her job and the colleagues she works with and learns something new every day.

Elvira offers three pieces of advice for students considering the Ophthalmic Assistant certificate program at Massasoit.

  1. “You can’t beat the price of the program.  It is so affordable, yet it prepares you for a job that pays very, very well”.
  2. “Be prepared to do a lot of reading.  Students are expected to study very hard independently in between the weekly class”.
  3. “Take tons of notes!  If you take your studying seriously, you will have enough knowledge to apply for a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant license”.

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