Certificate In Ophthalmic Medical Assisting


Middlesex Community College

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Type

Professional training

Certifications & Titles

Certificate In Ophthalmic Medical Assisting

Study Options

Distance Learning

Location

Middletown Campus, 100 Training Hill Rd. Middletown, CT 06457

Middletown

United States

Start Date:

End Date:

Location

United States

Middletown

Type

Professional training

Application Deadline:

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This program is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming ophthalmic or optometric assistants. Successful completion of this program will be prepare our students for employment as an ophthalmic or optometric assistant and will assist the student in preparing for National Certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA). The courses will utilize the text, Ophthalmic Medical Assisting, An Independent Study Source (5th Edition), published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and recommended by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) for preparation for the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant examination.

Upon completion of the Certificate, a student will be able to:

  1. Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing with members of health care team in an appropriate, culturally sensitive, effective and capable manner.
  2. Apply knowledge of office procedures within an ophthalmic medical practice.
  3. Identify the structure, function, and pathology of the human eye
  4. Maintain accurate electronic patient records in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines.
  5. Conduct pre-assessment screenings and ocular preparations using appropriate equipment and tools.
  6. Work within Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards that govern Ophthalmology and within the guidelines of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  7. Conduct him/herself in an ethical and professional manner at all times.
  8. Sit for certification examination for Ophthalmic Assistants.
  9. Apply knowledge of office procedures within an ophthalmic medical practice.
  10. Identify the structure, function, and pathology of the human eye
  11. Maintain accurate electronic patient records in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines.
  12. Conduct pre-assessment screenings and ocular preparations using appropriate equipment and tools.
  13. Work within safety (OSHA) standards that govern Ophthalmology and within the guidelines of HIPAA.
  14. Conduct him/herself in an ethical and professional manner at all times.
  15. Sit for certification examination for Ophthalmic Assistants.
  16. Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing with members of health care team in an appropriate, culturally sensitive, effective and capable manner.

Courses required by the Ophthalmic Medical Assisting (OMA) program can be completed in one semester. The core of the curriculum is four OMA courses that are offered concurrently in hybrid format – the online portion of the class takes place during the week at the student’s convenience while the on-ground portion takes place Saturdays at the Middletown campus, and in some cases a nearby Ophthalmology practice, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Certificate requires one additional course – CSC*101 (Introduction to Computers) which can be taken before, during or after the semester. Students will be provided with all of the information they need to register for and take the certification exam once they have completed the coursework and a substantial part of the 500 hours of clinical training. The College will offer assistance in placing students in employment in ophthalmology or optometry offices in the state or region.