Ophthalmic Assistant Training Program


The Ophthalmic Assistant (OA) training program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to embark upon a career in Ophthalmology.  An OA works alongside eye doctors, ophthalmologists or optometrists, to provide patient care.  OAs ensure providers have accurate and complete information that helps them diagnose and treat patients. Successful OAs are detail oriented, have strong communication skills and are committed to providing exceptional patient care.

The OA program is 17 weeks long and the curriculum includes classroom instruction, skills training, and practicum.  Graduates are eligible to sit for the JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Exam (COA), the certifying body of allied health professionals in ophthalmology, after their first 500 hours of work.  This training opens an advanced career pathway and opportunities to pursue additional trainings as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) or Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician (COMT), among others.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is seeking to hire and sponsor up to 6 individuals to go through this training program. Those selected to participate will be hired by Dartmouth-Hitchcock and be offered a comprehensive benefits package.

To learn more about this program please register for the ONLINE Information Session on May 26th from 10am-11am or May 27th from 6pm-7pm.  Login information will be sent in advance of the information session. Learn more about the program and register to attend an information at www.dhwri.org


Application Process:

Visit the D-H Workforce Readiness Institute website to complete the OA Program Application

Upload or submit the following to wri@hitchcock.org by June 5, 2020:

  • Completed OA Program Application Form
  • Resume
  • Two professional letters of reference