Continuing Education

Optical Sciences - Ophthalmic Assistant

Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

Credential

The type of certification you will earn after completing your program.

  • Certificate Achievement - An approved non-credit program that has a formal summative assessment component, has mappped program or course outcomes, and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Certificate Completion - A non-credit program that has no formal summative assessment component and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Work towards a fulfilling eyecare career

Our non-credit Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate program offers what you need to work as an ophthalmic assistant in a private ophthalmologist's or optometrist's office, clinic, or hospital.

This 6-month program will introduce you to ophthalmic theory, walk you through patient pretest practices, show you ophthalmic equipment, and provide the skills and confidence you will need to offer exceptional customer service.

To better fit your schedule, this program is offered online.

Access your course material at your own pace using Moodle, our online eLearning system, from the comfort of your own home, office, or local coffee shop.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Our program is divided into ten parts; each offers a different educational outcome. After each outcome, you must complete an online assessment that will test your understanding of key terms, topics and learning objectives. The outcomes include:

  • medical terminology, history-taking and triage
  • vision and pupil assessments
  • ocular anatomy, physiology, and motility
  • ophthalmic patient services and education
  • procedures for ophthalmic assessments
  • keratometry, lensometry and contact lenses
  • tonometry, and equipment maintenance and repair
  • refractometry and spectacle skills
  • explaining medications to patients
  • explaining surgical procedures

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a NAIT Continuing Education Certificate recognizing your achievement.

Your classes on your schedule

To better fit your schedule, this program is offered online.

Access your course material at your own pace using Moodle, our online eLearning system, from the comfort of your own home, office, or local coffee shop.

Enter the workforce with confidence

Successful completion of this program will prepare you for a career in the eye care profession as an ophthalmic assistant.

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors specially trained to diagnose and treat health issues relating to the eye. In addition to offering vision care, which includes vision testing, ophthalmologists are licensed to practice medicine and surgery. They often specialize in practicing medicine for a specific part of the eye, such as the retina or cornea, as well as eye health areas such as pediatrics, neurology, or disease.

Ophthalmic assistants are responsible for patient pretesting, which often includes visual acuity, tonometry, conducting diagnostic tests and maintaining ophthalmic equipment. They may also be tasked with office administrative duties, such as scheduling, filing, and providing exceptional customer service to ophthalmology patients.

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