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.

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.

This program is supported by the United Way of Greater Plymouth County

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.

Ophthalmic Assistant Standout Student
Sota Phongsavanh

Ophthalmic Assistant - Elvira Korepanova

After working in the health care field for several years, Sota Phongsavanh knew she was in an industry that she belonged, but didn’t feel as if she had found her niche.  She conducted an internet search and discovered Massasoit Community College’s Ophthalmic Assistant certificate program.  One of her frustrations in past health care roles was not having the opportunity to learn more about processes and procedures.  Through the Ophthalmic Assistant program Sota received the clinical and practical knowledge she had been craving.

Sota excelled as a student and by the time she completed the program had come to the conclusion that a career in ophthalmology was where she belonged.  She credits the hands-on approach in which the course is taught as one of the highlights of her experience.  Through a lead from Ophthalmic Assistant instructor, Jane Shuman, Sota interviewed for an Ophthalmic Technician position at Dedham Ophthalmic and Surgeon.  She was hired in February 2018 and is very happy in her new career.

The experience in the Ophthalmic Assistant program changed Sota’s life.  It led her to a job that she loves in a field that offers much room for advancement.  In the future she hopes to take the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant and Certified Ophthalmic Technician exams and possibly teach in the ophthalmology field.  Sota couldn’t believe how quickly she was able to find a job with the experience gained through the Ophthalmic Assistant program.  She is so happy about it, she has already referred a friend to the program.

Withdrawal and Refund 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.

Parking Decals

There are designated parking lots available for students; however, a parking decal is required. If you do not have a decal, visit the Massasoit campus police with your driver’s license, car registration and proof of course registration to complete a form and obtain your decal.

For additional information about this program, please contact Kelley Tilden or call 508-588-9100 x1310.

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