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 2017

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.


CRN: 15440 / Course: CSHH056 C3
Dates: September 27 - December 13, 2017
Days: Wednesdays 
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Canton Campus, Room: C404
Cost: $439
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CRN: 15554 / Course: CSHH056 P1
Dates: September 11 - November 27, 2017
Days: Mondays 
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Plymouth site, Room P128  
(71 Obery St, Plymouth / South Shore Community Action Council)
Cost: $439
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Spring 2018

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.

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.

Withdrawal, Refund & Cancellation 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.

For additional information about the Ophthalmic Assistant certificate program please call us at 508-588-9100 x1509.

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