About Our Program

This 42-hour certificate program will prepare you for a career as an Ophthalmic Assistant. This course will provide students with 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 hands-on learning combined with more advanced principles needed to perform at an entry level will give you the skills to succeed. Students should possess strong math skills and a High School diploma or equivalent.

Note: Some class sessions will be offsite; students must provide transportation for these offsite sessions.

What does an Ophthalmic Assistant do?

Ophthalmic Assistants (OA) work in a variety of health care settings, including medical offices, Veterans Assistance Centers, hospitals, community health centers and more. Clinical duties include: assisting ophthalmologists and technicians with patient tests and assessments, documentation of patient history, administration of ocular medications, and patient education. Administrative duties include handling patient medical records, billing and insurance-related inquiries, ensuring patient flow, coordinating repairs to office equipment, order supplies, etc.

Note: This course is not accredited by JCAHO/IJCAHPO; however, it will provide you with the entry level skills expected. Certification eligibility is met after completing a minimum of 1,000 work hours under the supervision of an ophthalmologist and a successful completion of a home study test. More information regarding certification requirements.


Web | 18680 | $659 plus textbook
Wednesday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
9/14/2022 – 12/21/2022
Instructor: Candace Martell

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) as provided by EyeTechs, EDU at designated days and times listed above and in-person at a local Ophthalmic practice located in Brockton. Internet and webcamrequired.


About Our Instructor(s)

Candace Martell is a JCAHPO COA with 16 years of hands on clinical experience. She has worked in several high volume, multi-specialty practices. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Cleveland Clinic have all been instrumental in allowing her to refine her skills. Candace is currently the Lead Ophthalmic Technician at Signature Medical Group, where she has successfully trained multiple technicians who are new to the industry. Her passion for ophthalmology continues to motivate her to educate and support those interested in the ophthalmology field.

Note: Students registering for non-credit classes must be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to the course start date. Students must submit proof of vaccination at time of registration or may submit an accommodation request.

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Certificate of Completion

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.