Skip Ribbon Commands Skip to main content
NWTC Logo   Link to Home Page

Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Program Code 315164

Technical Diploma

A Lakeshore Technical College program offered at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. For information call Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is eligible for financial aid only through Lakeshore Technical College.

The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program prepares students for employment in ophthalmologic and optometric practices and in retail optical settings. Students apply technical skills to perform prescreening and specialty testing; assist with dispensing glasses and contact lenses; and perform office management duties, including maintaining patient information and billing and insurance processes.

Employment Potential

. Optometric Assistant

. Ophthalmic Assistant

. Ophthalmic Medical Assistant

. Optical Assistant

. Contact Lens Technician


Functional Abilities
Functional abilities are the basic duties that a student must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodations. At the postsecondary level, students must meet these requirements, and they cannot be modified.

Program Outcomes

. Apply technical skills to perform eye care prescreening and specialty testing procedures on patients accurately and efficiently.
. Apply technical skills to educate and assist patients with glasses and/or contact lenses to meet their eye health and visual needs.
. Perform business office procedures such as maintain appointment schedule, maintain patient records, process insurance reimbursement, and bill patients.
. Demonstrate professional ethics, honesty, and respect when dealing with doctors, patients, and co - workers.
. Communicate clearly and professionally in both written and oral formats.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Application
. Application Fee
. Entrance Assessment Scores: Arithmetic 79; Reading Comprehension 74; Sentence Structure 88; Algebra - N/A
. Transcripts
. Program Advising Session
. Background Check
. Health/TB/Tetanus Form
. Functional Abilities Statement of Understanding Form


The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Technical Diploma is a three semester collaborative program between Lakeshore Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Upon graduation, a student will have completed 44 credits.


10-501-101 Medical Terminology
10-501-107 Intro to Health Care Computing
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
31-501-301 Learning Strategies for Health
31-806-312 Anatomy/Struct-Funct

31-509-302 Human Body in Health & Disease
31-516-302 Optical Dispensing
31-516-303 Optical Concepts
31-516-304 Ophthalmic Pre-Testing
31-516-306 Basic Ocular Science

10-501-104 Healthcare Customer Serv.
31-509-301 Medical Asst Admin Procedures
31-509-307 Med Office Insurance & Finance
31-509-309 Medical Law, Ethics & Profess
31-516-312 Contact Lenses
31-516-330 Ophthalmic Clinical Procedures
31-516-343 Ophthalmic Clinical Experience


Curriculum Note
Suggested 1st Semester Course: 31-501-301, Learning Strategies for Health Care, 1 credit


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

31-509-301 MEDICAL ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES...introduces medical assistant students to office management, business administration and the electronic medical record (EMR) in the medical office. Students learn to schedule appointments, perform filing, record keeping, telephone and reception duties and communicate effectively with patients and other medical office staff, and keep an inventory of supplies. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Medical Assistant program or shared LTC Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program; Corequisites: 10-509-302, Human Body in Health/Disease; 10-501-107, Intro to Healthcare Computing or any other computer course)

31-509-302 HUMAN BODY IN HEALTH & DISEASE ...focuses on diseases that are frequently first diagnosed and treated in the medical office setting. Students learn to recognize human body anatomy and the causes, signs, and symptoms of diseases of the major body systems as well as the diagnostic procedures, usual treatment, prognosis and prevention of common diseases. (Prerequisite/Corequisite: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology)

31-509-309 MEDICAL LAW ETHICS & PROFESSIONALISM...prepares students to display professionalism and perform within ethical and legal boundaries in the health care setting. Students maintain confidentiality, examine legal aspects of the medical record, perform quality improvement procedures, examine legal and bioethical issues, and demonstrate awareness of diversity.

31-516-302 OPTICAL DISPENSING …introduces learners to frame definition, parts and types of frames, measurement of frames and lenses, alignment of frames, inserting and removing lenses, introduction to dispensing of eyewear and frame repairs. (Corequisites: 31-516-303, Optical Concepts; 31-516-304, Ophthalmic Pre-Testing; 31-516-306, Basic Ocular Science. Condition: 31-516-1, Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program requirements met)

31-516-303 OPTICAL CONCEPTS …begins the study of the neutralization and verification of spectacle lens powers, to include spherical, cylindrical and prism lenses. Also included are the properties of light and the function of a lens in vision correction as well as a review of basic math needed in vision care and the physiological aspects of vision. (Corequisite: 31-516-302, Optical Dispensing)

31-516-304 OPHTHALMIC PRE-TESTING …covers the history of optometry, relationships between optometry, ophthalmology and optician and various paraprofessional careers in vision care. The course involves the study of and practical experience in patient pre-testing such as case history, visual acuity, color vision, pupil evaluation and depth perception as well as the specialized testing procedures such as keratometry and blood pressure. (Corequisite: 31-516-302, Optical Dispensing)

31-516-306 BASIC OCULAR SCIENCE…introduces learners to the structures, microscopic anatomy, and functional aspects of the eye and visual system. Clinical application emphasizes diseases, disorders and common treatments including pharmacological. (Corequisite: 31-516-302, Optical Dispensing)

31-516-312 CONTACT LENSES …provides the student in-depth exposure to the technical aspects of clinical contact lens practice. Lecture and laboratory experiences emphasize lens verification, patient education and evaluation. (Corequisite: 31-516-343, Ophthalmic Clinical Experience)

31-516-330 OPHTHALMIC CLINICAL PROCEDURES SPECIALTY TESTING…provides the student experience and knowledge in areas of special vision care procedures: subjective refraction, visual field testing, slit lamp, Goldmann and non-contact tonometry, ultrasound, basic concepts of orthoptics and the treatment of eye diseases including instillation of eye medications and eye patching. Patient instruction and assistance are emphasized in laboratory sessions. (Corequisite: 31-516-343, Ophthalmic Clinical Experience)

31-516-343 OPHTHALMIC CLINICAL EXPERIENCE …will have students participate in assigned clinical experience beginning with vision screenings on patients from the college and continues in an optometric, ophthalmology or optical setting. Class discussions are held analyzing the results of the screening as well as the students' performance. The student is expected to achieve specific educational objectives determined for this experience. (Prerequisite: 31-516-302, Optical Dispensing; Corequisites: 31-516-312, Contact Lenses; 31-516-330, Ophthalmic Clinical Procedures and Specialty Testing)

10-501-107 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE COMPUTING...provides an introduction to basic computer functions and applications utilized in contemporary healthcare settings. Students are introduced to the hardware and software components of modern computer systems. 2 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 77-851-759 BE Communication Prep IIB OR 77-858-759 BE Reading Prep IIB w/ a "C" or better or equivalent) 3 cr.

31-501-301 LEARNING STRATEGIES FOR HEALTH CARE...enhances the student's ability to: manage study time using a personal calendar; organize coursework, reading and assessment projects; apply reading skills and strategies for health care classes; utilize vocabulary related to health care terminology; demonstrate writing skills and strategies for medical and clinical settings; perform mathematical skills and strategies required in health care work places; and utilize study strategies successfully. 1 cr.

31-806-312 ANATOMY/STRUCTURE-FUNCTION ...human body systems, structural formation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading=55 OR ACT-Reading =15 OR 77-858-759, BE Reading Prep IIB OR equivalent) 2 cr.

10-501-104 HEALTHCARE CUSTOMER designed as an introduction to customer service for learners interested in working in various healthcare settings. The learner investigates healthcare systems, safety standards, and the workforce. The learner examines professionalism, interpersonal and written communication skills, and confidentiality as they relate to customer service in healthcare. 2 cr.

31-509-307 MEDICAL OFFICE INSURANCE & FINANCE ...introduces medical assistant students to health insurance and finance in the medical office. Students perform bookkeeping procedures, apply managed care guidelines, and complete insurance claim forms. Students use medical coding and managed care terminology to perform insurance-related duties. (Prerequisites: 31-509-301, Medical Assistant Administrative Procedures; 31-509-302 Human Body in Health & Disease; 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 10-501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing (or any other computer course); Corequisites: 31-509-305 Medical Assistant Lab Procedures 2; 31-509-306, Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 2; 31-509-308 Pharm for Allied Health) 2 cr.