Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315164

The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program prepares students for employment in ophthalmic 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. A Lakeshore Technical College program offered at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. For more information call toll-free: 888-468-6582.

Employment Potential

Optometric Assistant

  • Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Optical Assistant
  • Contact Lens Technician

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Work with Career Coach to:
  • -Submit application and $30 fee.
  • -Submit official transcripts (high school and other colleges).
  • -Complete background check and $16 processing fee.
  • Work with Academic Advisor to:
  • -Complete health requirements.
  • -Complete Functional Abilities Statement of Understanding form.
  • -Meet Keyboarding skills proficiency.
  • -Meet to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study, and complete Program To Do's.
Curriculum: 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 32 credits.
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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.


  • Eye exam required prior to Ophthalmic Pre-testing course (minimum 12 months prior).
  • Students must provide proof of First Aid certification and CPR certification before Ophthalmic Clinical Experience course.