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 ophthalmic assistant (OA) works alongside eye doctors, ophthalmologists or optometrists, to provide patient care. OAs ensure providers have accurate and complete information which 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 under the supervision of a Ophthalmologist.
Up-to four individuals will be selected and hired by Dartmouth-Hitchcock to become an Ophthalmic Assistant working in our Lebanon clinic. One additional individual will be hired to work at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Heath Center.
This program 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.
To learn more about this training opportunity please visit: www.DHWRI.org