Ophthalmic Medical Assistant

The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Program prepares individuals to perform ophthalmic procedures under the supervision of a licensed physician specializing in Ophthalmology. Course work includes lecture, laboratory, and clinical training in ocular measurements, ocular testing, lensometry, administering topical and oral medications, eye care, and caring for instruments. Graduates are employed in medical institutions, clinics, or physician practices. Graduates may qualify as candidates to take the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel, Ophthalmology National Certification Exam.

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No degrees offered.

Ophthalmic Medical Assistant (D45510)

Diploma Awarded

A diploma in Ophthalmic Medical Assistant is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • Complete a CPCC Admissions Form.
  • Submit an official high school diploma as well as college transcripts to the Student Records.
  • Complete CPCC placement tests
  • Schedule an appointment and meet with an academic advisor.

Notes

Progression in this program is dependent upon a grade of “C” or better in all general education courses, as well as major and related courses.

Students must be certified by the American Heart Association in “Health Care Provider Level” CPR or by the American Red Cross in “CPR for the Professional Rescuer” prior to registering for an OPH course.

In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, student may be required to submit results of a NC state or national criminal background check at their own expense. As a condition of program admission, students may be required to verify that they are United States citizens or are an otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

Contact Information

The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program is in the Medical Careers and Cosmetology Division. For more information, first go to the website at http://www.cpcc.edu/medicalcareers/ophthalmic-medical-assisting. If further assistance is needed, contact the Program Chair at 704.330.2722, ext. 3444.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Intro to Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Major Requirements
OPH 103Introduction to Diseases of the Eye2.0
OPH 104Basic Ophthalmic Pharmacology2.0
OPH 105Ophthalmic Clinical Procedures I2.0
OPH 106Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Practicum I7.0
OPH 107Ophthalmic Clinical Procedures II2.0
OPH 108Ophthalmic Patient Care2.0
OPH 109Ophthalmic Optics & Basic Refractometry2.0
OPH 110Opthalmic Medical Assistant Practicum II7.0
OPH 150Intro to Ophthalmic Medical Assisting2.0
OPH 151Ocular Anatomy & Physiology2.0
Other Major Requirements:
MED 121Medical Terminology I3.0
Total Credits42

No certificates offered.

Courses

OPH 103. Introduction to Diseases of the Eye. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamentals of common external and internal diseases of the eye and orbital region. Topics include common patient complaints, what constitutes an ocular emergency, triage procedure and common conditions and disorders. Upon completion, the student should be able to identify most common ocular diseases and determine appropriate emergency management of acute ocular problems.

Prerequisites: Take All: OPH 150 and OPH 151

OPH 104. Basic Ophthalmic Pharmacology. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces and compares drug delivery systems. Topics include topical and oral medications, use and abuse of drugs, irrigating solutions, and format for prescription writing. Upon completion, the students should administer and record topical and oral medications at the physician's direction.

Prerequisites: Take OPH 150 and OPH 151

OPH 105. Ophthalmic Clinical Procedures I. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic clinical procedures for the ophthalmic practice. Topics include telephone triage and basic procedures commonly used in the preliminary examination of patients. Upon completion, the student should be able to perform basic administrative tasks, assist with minor office surgery, and perform procedures commonly used in patient examinations.

Prerequisites: Take OPH 150 and OPH 151

OPH 106. Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Practicum I. 7.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-21.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces ophthalmic patient care procedures. Topics include interpersonal skills with patients, work and legal ethics, confidentiality, clinical appearance and performance. Upon completion, the student will be able to determine equipment and instruments associated with patient examination, observation of examination techniques, assigned examination lanes to maintain, basic procedures for information gathering in an examination.

Prerequisites: Take OPH 150 and OPH 151

OPH 107. Ophthalmic Clinical Procedures II. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces more advanced clinical procedures for the ophthalmic practice. Topics include coding and testing associated with the treatment of glaucoma, cataracts and refractive errors. Upon completion, the student should understand coding for ophthalmic procedures and perform automated perimetry, A scan biometry, keratometry and pachymetry.

Prerequisites: Take All: OPH 105, OPH 150, and OPH 151

OPH 108. Ophthalmic Patient Care. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is an overview of the care of the opthalmic patient. Topics include systemic diseases in the eye, review of first aid, emergency equipment and supplies, infection control, identification and sterilization of minor surgical equipment, and aseptic technique. Upon completion, the students should be able to apply these principles in their interactions with patients.

Prerequisites: Take All: OPH 150 and OPH 151

OPH 109. Ophthalmic Optics & Basic Refractometry. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic theoretical and clinical optics. Topics include interaction of light and lenses, refractive states of the eye, and principles of retinoscopy and refractometry. Upon completion, the student will demonstrate physical and geometric optics, and basic refractometry techniques.

Prerequisites: Take All: OPH 150 and OPH 151

OPH 110. Opthalmic Medical Assistant Practicum II. 7.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-21.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides additional clinical experience in ophthalmic patient care procedures. Topics include interpersonal skills with patients, work and legal ethics, confidentiality, appearance and performance. Upon completion, the student will be able to demonstrate basic skills in patient care and examination techniques. Actual patient examination by student is performed under supervision.

Prerequisites: Take All: OPH 106, OPH 150, and OPH 151

OPH 150. Intro to Ophthalmic Medical Assisting. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the role, scope, and duties of the opthalmic assistant. Topics include medical ethics, duties of assistant, medical history, basic medical terminology, and an overview of human anatomy and physiology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of medical history taking, preliminary patient examination, basic ophthalmic equipment, and office efficiency.

OPH 151. Ocular Anatomy & Physiology. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course studies the normal anatomy and physiology of eye and orbit. Topics include structures of the eye, functioning process of the eye and correct medical terminology of the structures and functions of the eye. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate a basic understanding and fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology of the eye.