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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 1509N
Effective Term: 2021 Fall 1   

Award: CCT
Total Clock Hours: 200
CIP Code: 51.0716
Initiating College: Gateway Community College
SOC Code: Upon completion of this program, students may pursue a career as:
43-6013.00 Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

Description: The Certificate of Competency for Ophthalmic Medical Administrative Assistant Apprenticeship is 200 hours of program instruction. Students will also participate in a 640-hour paid apprenticeship at the same time. This program will introduce students to the field of ophthalmology and the different levels of medical professions within the ophthalmic eye care team.

Students will learn the roles and responsibilities of the ophthalmic medical administrative assistant, as well as the different certification levels for career advancement. Students will be introduced to the importance of professional development, certification, and recertification requirements as well as anatomy and physiology of the eye.

Students will learn standards and techniques that are required to keep a clinic running efficiently and effectively. Students will obtain skills in answering phone calls, scheduling appointments, greeting patients, maintaining files, and updating patient information. Students will also be introduced to entry-level medical terminology and acceptable abbreviations specific to the field of ophthalmology, as well as signs and symptoms of common diseases of the eye to understand how systemic diseases can affect the eye.

The skills and knowledge taught in this program will help prepare students for the Arizona Vision Screening Certification Exam. This program serves as a pathway for students to become a certified ophthalmic scribe or ophthalmic medical assistant.

Required Courses
+ OPH102 Introduction to Ophthalmology 50
+ OPH103 Certified Medical Administrative Assistant 100
+ OPH104 Ocular and Systemic Diseases of the Eye 50
Clock Hours: 200

Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate leadership and interpersonal communication skills.
2. Display problem solving and critical thinking skills.
3. Maintain professional and ethical conduct in all job-related activities.
4. Employ HIPAA standards and OSHA regulations while interacting with diverse patients in a clinical setting.
5. Differentiate between the roles and responsibilities of various eye care professionals.
6. Utilize proper medical terminology and abbreviations in written and oral form while interacting with patients and medical professionals in the office setting.
7. Display quality practice management techniques through effective teamwork and collaboration.
+ 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.