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

  • 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.
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.


  • 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.