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Ophthalmic Medical Assistant (OPMA)

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Program Description

An Ophthalmic Medical Assistant assists with eye examinations and provides patient education. In this entry level position, OPMA’s conduct patient histories, set up and clean up exam rooms, provide patient education and assist with eye exams. After successful completion of this training, passing the course exam and obtaining six months of experience, students are eligible to sit for certification through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). After getting six months of experience, students are eligible to sit for certification through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

Certifying Organization:

Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)


Certification exam cost: $300

Career Opportunities:

Continued training in this field can result in promotion to higher level ophthalmic positions in an eye center. Higher level positions are often allowed to assist with ophthalmic surgeries.

Program Length

16-20 weeks

Prerequisite courses begin monthly at most CCBC locations. OPMA courses begin in February at CCBC Randallstown (evenings/weekends) and in September/October at CCBC Hunt Valley (evenings/weekends).

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

All students must be computer literate and have Internet access. Clinical eligibility is in part dependent upon a criminal background check and urine drug testing. Cost of the test is the responsibility of the student.

HIPAA Training, CPR and First Aid classes REQUIRE 100% attendance. Students arriving late to class will not be admitted. Late arrival to, or early exit from, class will also result in a failing grade and no refund. Students will then be required to retake the class at their expense.

Students must have the following paperwork turned in to the coordinator PRIOR to the start of clinical:

Negative PPD (six months) or negative chest x-ray less than one year old

Positive titer or proof of vaccination/immunity for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella

Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form

Tetanus shot (less than ten years)

Copy of health insurance card

Copy of high school diploma or GED

Current flu vaccination

Background check and drug screening

Application Process

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

1. (Prerequisite) Medical Terminology for Health Occupations: AHE 534

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Medical Terminology—The Language of Health Care; published by LippincottISBN 1451176767; $83.15

2. (Prerequisite) HIPAA Training: AHC 360 Or HIPAA Training Online: AHL 719

  • Textbook/Materials: Handouts Online

3. (Prerequisite) CPR for Health Care Providers: AHE 805

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Book provided and included in course costs.

4. (Prerequisite) Introduction to Electronic Health Records (EHR): AHL 798 Or Intro to EHR Online: AHL 804

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Electronic Health Record for Allied Health Careers (w/CD Only); published by McGraw Hill; ISBN 0073309788; $110.65

5. Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Class: AHE 781

  • Textbook/Materials: Included in cost of class

6. Ophthalmic Clinical: AHL 704

  • Textbook/Materials: None

Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $2454 - $2494 (Tuition-$887 /Fees-$1567-$1607)
  • Textbook/Materials: $193.80

Program Contact Information

Administrative Assistant:

Maria Buttion



Essex, HTEC 005


Lisa Thomas



Essex, HTEC 013

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

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