Vocational Training Programs

Cape Coral Technical College - Assistant Program Code 129

360 Santa Barbara Blvd N
Cape Coral, FL 33993
Phone: 239.574.4440

Program director: Carry Eaton
Email: CarryE@LeeSchools.net
Website: https://www.capecoraltech.edu/

Program description:

The Optometric Assisting program at Cape Coral Technical College offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the optometry field; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of optometric assisting careers.

The content includes but is not limited to basic instruction on eye anatomy, vision testing, contact lenses, frame types and parts, frame fitting and dispensing of visual devices, front office procedures and patient billing procedures. Students will get "hands-on" experience through clinical externship and will obtain a certification in CPR and Basic Life Support.
The Community College of Philadelphia—Ophthalmic Technician Program Code 128
1700 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215.751.8773
Program director: Deb Rossi drossi@ccp.edu
Phone: 215.751.8947
Website: ccp.edu/academic-offerings/all-offerings/ophthalmic-technician-proficiency-certificate

Program description:

This program of study prepares students to become ophthalmic technicians who will work under the supervision of doctors of optometry or ophthalmologists to provide patient care by performing many different eye- and vision-related clinical functions. Ophthalmic technicians take patient histories, perform the pre-testing of comprehensive and follow-up eye and vision examinations, conduct various diagnostic eye and vision care procedures, provide patient education and perform various clinical practice administrative duties, such as scheduling appointments, telephone management, bookkeeping procedures and insurance claim processing.

The program courses will be offered at the College’s Northwest Regional Center and at The Eye Institute of Salus University. The OPH program is located at the NWRC at 1300 Godfrey Ave Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Tri-Service Optician School (TOPS) (126)
160 Main Rd, Ste 350
Yorktown, VA 23691-9984
Program director: Emilio Garcia [email]
Phone: 757.887.7456
Website: nfos.org/schoolDetails.asp?id=67


Madison Area Technical College - Assistant Program Code 102/Technician 202
1701 Wright St
Madison, WI 53704
Program director: Ann Hayden-Finger [email]
Phone: 608.246.6472
Website: madisoncollege.edu/

Program description:

The Optometric Technician Program at Madison Area Technical College is a technical diploma course that has been providing quality training for over 30 years. There are two ways to achieve your technical diploma.

Online Program: Persons already employed in eye care may enroll in the program delivered via the internet. The online program is only offered via a part-time schedule (course work is taken over four semesters) and new students are admitted each August and January.

Classroom Program: The classroom program can be completed in nine months of full-time study. New students are admitted into the classroom-based program every August.

For additional information regarding program options go to the school’s website provided above. In “Programs of Study” you will find the Optometric Technician program. Open the “optometric technician information page” for program details.

Miami Valley Career Technology Center - Technician Program Code 212
Optometric Technician Program
Adult Education
6800 Hoke Rd.
Clayton, OH 45315
Program director: Mike Woodward, COMT, CRA [email]
Phone: 513.594.0963
Website: mvctc.com

Program description:

The Optometric Technician Program is the only one of its kind in the state of Ohio. A trained optometric technician is a key member of the eye care team and provides quality vision care to patients in eye care facilities. 

Job responsbilities include: obtaining vision measurements for glasses, administering eye exercise, taking medical histories from patients, conducting diagnostic tests and providing contact-lens instruction. Additional duties may include office management procedures such as managing telephones, appointments, and patient records. The program requires clinical dayshift hours beginning in second and third quarter. In addition, 320 dayshift hours of on-the-job clinical experiences are required in fourth quarter.

Hours: 1018
Weeks: 47
For prerequisites see web page mvctc.com/ae/get-started/programs/ot

McFatter Technical College - Assistant Program Code 110
6500 Nova Drive
Davie, FL 33317
Program director: Richard Martinez
Phone: 754.321.5700
Website: mcfattertechnicalcollege.edu
Email: Richard.martinez@browardschools.com

Program description: 

The Optometric Assisting program at McFatter Technical College prepares students for a very rewarding career in Vision Care. Students learn the skills necessary to perform visual acuity, cover test, near point of convergence, pupil evaluation, stereopsis and much more. Optometric instruments learned include visual field analyzer, non-contact and rebound tonometry, corneal topography, fundus photography, auto-refractor and slit lamp.

Optometric Assisting students will learn optical dispensing skills including lensometry, verification, frame selection and eyeglass repair. Students also learn contact lens insertion and removal training and ordering. Front desk duties such answering telephones and making appointment, patient records and using practice management software are also covered.

Students will get "hands-on" experience through the clinical externship program and the McFatter Vision Clinic, an on-campus site where the students work under supervision with a Florida-licensed optometric physician.

Visit our website at: mcfattertechnicalcollege.edu/optometric-assistant

Hours: 1080

McFatter Technical College - Assistant Program Code 127
6500 Nova Drive
Davie, FL 33317
Program director: Johnathan Ammann
Phone: 754.321.5700
Website: browardschools1.com/mcfattertechhigh
Email: johnathan.ammann@browardschools.com
Traviss Technical Center - Assistant Program Code 116
Optometric Assisting Program
3225 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803
Program director: Mary Summers
Phone: 836.499.2700
Website: travisstech.org/technicalprograms.htm
Email: mary.summers@polk-fl.net
Department of the Air Force Ophthalmic Apprentice Course - Technician Code 302

MIF 5/Sebban Hall Bldg 1393
3098 William Hardee Rd
JB Ft. Sam Houston, TX 78234-2649

Program director: Jamie D. Cornett, Lt. Col, USAF, BSC
Phone: 210.808.3775
Email: jamie.d.cornett.mil@mail.mil 
US Army Medical Center & School - Eye Specialty Course - Technician Program Code 300

Eye Specialty Course
MIF 5/Sebban Hall Bldg 1393
3098 William Hardee Rd
JB Ft. Sam Houston, TX 78234-2649

Program director: Gregory A. Hutcheson, O.D.
Phone: 210.295.4425
E-mail: gregory.hutcheson2.mil@mail.mil

Manatee Technical Institute - Assistant Program Code 122

5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd
Bradenton FL 34211

Program director: Loren Hutchison
Phone: 941.751-8479 ext. 2044
Fax: 941.209.6212
Website: manateetech.edu/career-prep/optometric-assisting/

Kaiser Permanente NW - Certified Optometric Assistant Training Program Code 125

Kaiser Permanente - Cascade Park Medical Office
12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98686-6055

Program director: Jeffrey Schrock, O.D.
Phone: 503.939.0437

Optometry support services: Dannica Kaer
Email: Dannica.J.Kaer@kp.org 
Phone:  503.571.6402