Program instruction includes general receptionist duties, vision screening, preliminary examinations, ocular pharmacology, diseases, surgery, and dispensing and finishing lenses. During laboratory instruction, students learn eyeglass styling and selection for patients. After considering lifestyles and patient needs, the student recommends the most suitable lens. Finally, the student learns to edge, tint, assemble and dispense eyeglasses. Students will also acquire clinical experience in area eye care facilities. This program is accredited by the American Optometric Association.
This occupation has an average wage of $12.84 an hour, based on the Florida Occupational Employment and Wages for Polk County.
|Course #||OCP||Course Title||Hours|
|OPT0720||A||Foundations of Visioncare||102|
|OPT0721||B||Optometric Assistant 1||336|
|OPT0722||Optometric Assisting 2||642|
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
After successfully completing this program, students are eligible to take the American Optometric Certifying Examination to become nationally certified as a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA).