Eyecare Specialist

Eyecare Specialist

Helping others see better

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Student Success Stories

"I came to North West College Riverside campus not knowing what I wanted to do in life. I learned to have compassion and understand the patients. I have a job now as a medical assistant and all I could say is I'm very grateful that I attended this college."
Elizabeth V. Ruiz, Medical Assistant
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Gabrielle Maria Romero
"I developed great self-esteem working with the staff and instructors of North-West College. They helped me so much I was able to move back to my home state and was employed by the first employer I submitted my application with. Thank you so much for the learning experience that I received from your school!"
Diantha Polley, Medical Assistant

Eyecare Specialist Course Material

Successful graduates of the Eyecare Specialist program are qualified to take the American Association of Opticianry examination and will be able to function as a technical assistant under a doctor’s supervision, measuring the curvature (or power) of letters of a specific size at a specific distance, recording pressure or tension within the eye, assisting in detection, determining the power of lenses in old and new prescriptions, and frame measurements.

The program is divided into eight class course modules, including a 200-hour clinical externship where students will apply the skills they learn in the classroom in an actual health care practice setting.

Courses for this program include:

  • Seminar for Success - Orientation and success building course for Career Students. Review of basic math, language, vocabulary, and writing skills. Introduction to core career classes, availability of community resources, outlining, summarizing, managing credit, and other life skills
  • Dispensing - Anatomy of the Eye, Care and Use of the Lensometer, Optical Terminology and Vocabulary, Transposition Practice, PD Rules and Measurements, Frame Selection and Measurement, Frame Adjustments, Use of Salt Pan and Adjustment Instruments, Ordering Prescriptions from the Lab, Bifocal Measurements and Identification, Lens Tinting and Heat Treating, Patient Education
  • Chairside - Optometric Services, Caring for the Office, Patient Relationships, Introduction to the Phoropter, Keratometer and Retinoscope, Taking Patient Vital Signs (Blood Pressure, etc.), Taking Patient Case Histories, Medical Emergencies, Pharmaceutical Prescriptions, Cycloplegias, Tangent Screen, Use of the Tonometer for Glaucoma Testing, Assisting with Diagnostic Testing, Employee Job Description including: Front Office Attire, Ethics, and Personal Hygiene
  • Contact Lens - Optics of Contact Lenses, History of Contact Lenses, Types of Lenses, Fitting and Variables in Contact Lenses, Patient Contact Lens
  • Front Office - Greeting Patients and Visitors, Telephone Techniques, Making Appointments, Filing, Letter Writing, Ordering Supplies, Insurance Terminology, Abbreviations, and Symbols, Insurance Coding Exercises, Processing Insurance Claims, Medical and Legal Terminology, Ethics and
  • Terminology & Computer Skills - Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye and terminology as it relates to the Eyecare and optometric field; Introduction to Computers, Word, Excel, Medi-Soft, Processing Electronic Insurance Claims, & Creating Professional Quality Résumés
  • Career Seminar - Internship Workshop, Career Readiness Workshops, New Student Orientation, and CPR
  • Clinical Internship - Internship to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in an

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