Vision Care
Ophthalmic Assistant/Technician

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Salary: $19,297 - $32,693
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Hourly: $13 - $19.23
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Outlook: 2 Stars
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Length of Training: up to 2 years
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Length of Training
Training is generally six months to one year for ophthalmic assistants, one to two years in length for ophthalmic technicians, and two years for technologists. On the job training and home study courses are available for assistants and technicians. Ophthalmic technicians can also earn an associate degree. Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take the national certifying examination at the approved levels.

Licensure/Certification
The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) is the certifying body for ophthalmic medical personnel. JCAHPO awards a

  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA),
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT), and
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT). 

Generally, certification eligibility is fulfilled by those who have completed an accredited training program and have clinical experience in the field.

Educational Programs

University or College City Degree*
Austin Community College Austin C
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San Jacinto College: Central Campus Pasadena C,A
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San Jacinto College: North Campus Houston C,A
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San Jacinto College: South Campus Houston C,A
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Tyler Junior College Tyler C,A
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate