Ophthalmic Assistant Technician

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.

  1. Math Brush Up (24 hours)
  2. Overview of Ophthalmic Medicine (6 hours)
  3. Community Ophthalmic Practice (15 hours)
  4. Introduction to Medical Law and Ethics (12 hours)
  5. Introduction to Medical Terminology (24 hours)
  6. Introduction to Optics and Lensometry (15 hours)
  7. Ophthalmic Calculations (15 hours)
  8. Excel for Health Care Professionals (15 hours)
  9. Ophthalmic Observation (8 hours)
  10. Communication Skills (8 hours)

Part II Ophthalmic Technician Program (185 hours)

*Prerequisite: Successfully completed Part I

  1. Advanced Ophthalmic Calculations (6 hours)
  2. Advanced Lensometry (45 hours)
  3. Office Procedures Insurance and Inventory Procedures (12 hours)
  4. Introduction to Spanish for Health Care (15 hours)
  5. National Certification Exam Preparation (15 hours)
  6. Optical Instruments (12)
  7. 80 Hour Externship (80)