Our one year diploma program in Ophthalmic Medical Assistant (OMA) prepares individuals to work with Ophthalmologists and their patients. Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in a branch of medicine that deals with the structure, function and diseases of the eye.
Ophthalmic Assistants provide support services to the Ophthalmologist. The Ophthalmic Assistant is an important member of the eye care team, supplying vital information to the physician who is treating the patient. The duties delegated to the Ophthalmic Assistant may include:
CCC&TI's OMA program includes both didactic (classroom) and "hands on" clinical experience. Clinical sites are located throughout the state.
For more information about course descriptions or required courses, refer to the current CCC&TI Course Catalog.Learn more about a career as an Ophthalmic Medical Assistant.
The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program at CCC and TI is a member of the Consortium of Ophthalmic Training Programs (COTP), a non-profit corporation of ophthalmic educational programs in the U. S. and Canada.
The OMA program is accredited by the International Council of Accreditation(ICA) as a clinical assistant level program.
The mission of the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Program is to provide students with effective instruction, both in the classroom and clinical environment, to prepare them for employment in ophthalmic and optometric practices.
Ophthalmic Medical Assistants are included in the job classification 29-2057.00 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor. They assist ophthalmologists in performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.
Graduates of the program may be employed in ophthalmic offices, hospitals, surgery centers, and optometric offices.
The projected growth in employment 2014-2024 is much faster than average (14% or higher). The national median hourly wage for 2015 was $16.99 or $35,350 annually. Salary varies according to the size of the employing practice, experience and certification level of the employee.
A summary report for Ophthalmic Medical Technicians including tasks, tools & technology, knowledge, skills, abilities, detailed work activities, work context, job zone, education, interests, work styles, work values and wages and employment trends can be found at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2057.00
Ophthalmic medical assistants work with medically trained eye doctors (ophthalmologists) and their patients. Job duties may include:
OMAs supply important information to the physician who is treating the patient and assist in such as areas as surgery and patient education/compliance. They are not independent practitioners and do not diagnose or treat ocular disorders, nor do they prescribe medications.
CCC&TI’s OMA program was the first program in the state of North Carolina to be accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs at the clinical assistant level. The program is taught in 3 semesters (11.5 months) with a new cohort beginning each May.
You don’t have to live in Caldwell County to attend the program. Although the core classes are offered on the Caldwell campus, the general education classes (English, Psychology, Medical Terminology, and Communication) may be taken at your local community college or given transfer credit from a four year university.
The OMA program is a regional program with clinical sites in Lenoir, Hickory, Morganton, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Charlotte,High Point, Lexington, and Statesville.
Students should plan at least 2 hours of time outside of class for each hour in class. Students should try to limit outside working hours to weekends only in order to fulfill the demands of the program. Clinical rotations are unpaid.
The United States Department of Labor recognizes Ophthalmic Medical Assistants under the
29-2057 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the national median hourly wage is $16.94 per hour with an median annual wage of $36, 230. North Carolina has the fifth highest number of Ophthalmic Medical Technicians employed in the country with a hourly mean wage of $16.40.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Faith Race, COT, Program Director at 726-2200 Ext. 2248 or firstname.lastname@example.org