Ophthalmic Assistant

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

Looking for an Allied Health Profession with a bright future?

Coastal’s two-part Ophthalmic Assistant Program is based on the standards outlined by the International Council of Ophthalmology and by Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). It is designed for staff currently working with an Ophthalmologist/Optometrist and for people seeking to start a career as an Ophthalmic Assistant.

The main role of an Ophthalmic Assistant is to support an Ophthalmologist/Optometrist with daily clinical tasks such as initial patient assessment, ophthalmic procedures and surgery preparation, various vision tests, equipment and record maintenance, and customer service.

This program is comprised of lecture and an internship. Students will attend six hours of lecture at Coastal Carolina Community College and 16 internship hours every week at surrounding eye care centers or hospitals.

Upon successful, completion students will have the knowledge and skills necessary take the JCAHPO national certification exam and work in the Ophthalmology/Optometry field.

The Ophthalmic Assistant Program meets two nights a week 6:00 – 9:00 and takes nine months to complete.

Prerequisite: TABE test with scores in reading of 10.0 and 8.0 in math required.

Course Length:

  • OA I: 126 lecture hours + 272 Internship hours = 398 hours
  • OA II: 66 lecture hours + 208 Interneship hours = 274 hours
  • Total hours for both programs: 672