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Ophthalmic Medical Assistant - Technical Diploma

The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program allows students to work at their own pace to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in ophthalmic practices, optometric practices, and 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. A Lakeshore Technical College program offered at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. For more information call toll-free: 888-468-6582.

Program Code: 315164
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Area of Study: Health Sciences

Program Costs & Financial Aid

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Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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  • Online: You will attend online LTC classes. Some online courses may be delivered at specific times each week. Plus, you’ll participate in real world, hands-on training.

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • - Submit online application.
  • - Complete background check and pay for applicable processing fee.
  • - Complete the online Student Success Questionnaire.
  • - Complete Technical Standards form.
  • -Complete online Student Success Tutorial prior to meeting your program counselor.
  • - Schedule your 1st Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • - *Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

What are my courses?

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 maintaining appointment schedules, maintaining patient records, processing insurance reimbursement, and billing 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.

What careers are in my future?

Employment Potential

Optometric Assistant

  • Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Optical Assistant
  • Contact Lens Technician

What else do I need to know about the program?


  • Learn when you want. Progress at your own pace. Receive personalized coaching and support. The full CBE definition may be found at
  • To complete the clinical portion of this program, site specific health and immunization documentation will be required.

Shared with Lakeshore Technical College

Learn more about this shared program.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.