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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 1508N
Effective Term: 2021 Fall 1   

Award: CCT
Total Clock Hours: 240
CIP Code: 51.1803
Initiating College: Gateway Community College
SOC Code: Upon completion of this program, students may pursue a career as:
29-2099.05 Ophthalmic Medical Technologists

Description: The Certificate of Competency in Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Apprenticeship is a 240-hour program that serves as a pathway to excellent job opportunities and a lifelong and challenging career in ophthalmology. Students will also participate in an 800-hour paid apprenticeship at the same time. The program will introduce students to learning and understanding the core level of care for entry into the fascinating world of eye care in a clinical setting. The program will focus on learning how to assist and work with ophthalmologists and opticians.

The program content includes a variety of skills associated with patient services and assisting with minor surgical procedures, instrument care and maintenance. Special attention will be given to complete comprehensive eye examinations, including chief complaints, history taking, anatomy and physiology of the visual system, eye terminology, general medical knowledge, and hands-on skill instruction.

Required Courses
OPH105 Ocular and Refractive Clinical Assessment, Skills, and Procedures 240
Clock Hours: 240

Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate leadership and interpersonal communication skills. (OPH105)
2. Display problem solving and critical thinking skills. (OPH105)
3. Maintain professional and ethical conduct in all job-related activities. (OPH105)
4. Employ HIPAA standards and OSHA regulations while interacting with diverse patients in a clinical setting. (OPH105)
5. Differentiate between the roles and responsibilities of various eye care professionals. (OPH105)
6. Display quality practice management techniques through effective teamwork and collaboration. (OPH105)
7. Perform comprehensive eye exams on a simulated patient with minimal to no difficulty. (OPH105)
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates that any suffixed course may be selected.
Clock Curriculum Committee Approval Date: 5-12-2021

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.