The Office for Continuing Education offers a non-credit Ophthalmic Assistant Technician and Optician Programs. This program provides enrollee’s with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment in optical centers under the supervision of an licensed optician; or in an ophthalmic office as an ophthalmic assistant.
Participants must have a high school diploma or a High School Equivalency. The tuition for the full program is $3,190, which includes texts. Each part is $1,595. Contact Andrea Dunkirk at (631) 451-4552 to determine if you are eligible to enroll free of charge. The required courses that comprise the program are listed below.
Part I – Ophthalmic Assistant Technician and Optician Programs (142 hours)
*Prerequisite: High school or High School Equivalency; one year high school algebra.
- Math Brush Up (24 hours)
- Overview of Ophthalmic Medicine (6 hours)
- Community Ophthalmic Practice (15 hours)
- Introduction to Medical Law and Ethics (12 hours)
- Introduction to Medical Terminology (24 hours)
- Introduction to Optics and Lensometry (15 hours)
- Ophthalmic Calculations (15 hours)
- Excel for Health Care Professionals (15 hours)
- Ophthalmic Observation (8 hours)
- Communication Skills (8 hours)
Part II Ophthalmic Technician Program (185 hours)
*Prerequisite: Successfully completed Part I
- Advanced Ophthalmic Calculations (6 hours)
- Advanced Lensometry (45 hours)
- Office Procedures Insurance and Inventory Procedures (12 hours)
- Introduction to Spanish for Health Care (15 hours)
- National Certification Exam Preparation (15 hours)
- Optical Instruments (12)
- 80 Hour Externship (80)