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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

Tuition: $5,158, Books: $418, Supplies: $325

Total Approximate Costs

Contact an NWTC admissions advisor to find the best way to pay for this program.

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

Explore Locations


  • 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

  • Admission and Program Enrollment Steps:
  • - Submit online application.
  • - Submit transcripts (high school & other colleges). NOTE: Official transcripts required for acceptance of transfer credits; Financial Aid may require.
  • - Complete background check and $20 processing fee.
  • - Complete the online Student Success Questionnaire.
  • - Complete health requirements.
  • - Complete Technical Standards form.
  • - Schedule a Program Advising Session with your assigned program counselor plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study, discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

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 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.

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?


  • This program is Competency-Based. Competency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. Once all competencies for a program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn a certificate, diploma, or degree.
  • Students must provide proof of First Aid certification and CPR certification before Ophthalmic Clinical Experience course.

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.