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Become an Optical Assistant

If you think you'd like to become an optical assistant, this is the course for you! We'll take a comprehensive look into the diverse world of optical assisting. You'll see why optometry is such an interesting field and how rewarding it can be to help people solve their vision problems.

You will be amazed to learn all the different places optical assistants can work! We'll cover optical assisting in private practice, healthcare clinics, the military, teaching facilities, and in retail sales. You'll discover the personal and professional skills needed to work in a front and back office and in an optical dispensary and lab. You will understand all the things optical assistants must know about frames, styles, lenses, contact lenses, and working with people. Along the way, you’ll discover how the human eye works, and examine some common eye conditions. Finally, you will learn how to become certified and licensed, which will open up even more opportunities for you and identify you as an expert. This course is an ideal springboard for starting a career in this growing and ever-in-demand field!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Become an Optical Assistant Details + Objective

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You Will Learn
  • Discover how to become a certified and licensed optical assistant
  • Learn about opportunities in optical assisting for private practice, healthcare clinics, the military, teaching facilities, and retail sales
  • Understand all the things optical assistants must know about frames, styles, lenses, contact lenses, and working with people
  • Discover how the human eye works and learn about common eye conditions
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Use what you learn as a springboard for starting a rewarding career in a growing field
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to help people with their vision - one of the most important concerns in life
  • Discover how to open up more opportunities and be identified as an expert through certification
Become an Optical Assistant Outline
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Week 1

Discover the wide range of opportunities for optical assistants - from retail sales to assisting in a healthcare setting. You will learn how optical assisting can lead you to own your own business, get a high-paying job as a manager, or teach at a college or university. Then, learn how the parts of the eye work together to create the miracle of vision!

Week 2

Learn about the focusing problems that cause millions of people to need glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, or low vision aids. You will survey common eye disorders and discover how medical conditions like diabetes and allergies can affect the eyes. Then, learn about color-blindness, “lazy eye,” and what it actually means to be legally blind.

Week 3

Examine the opportunities in front office optical assisting. You will explore the ins and outs of scheduling patients efficiently in order to keep an office running smoothly and happily. Then, discover the important skills you will need for back office work. You will survey two specialty areas in back office assisting: contact lens fitting and surgical assisting.

Week 4

Learn the language of optical prescriptions. You will understand how those numbers and symbols on an eye doctor's prescription translate into just the right lenses for patients who are farsighted, nearsighted, or astigmatic. Then, learn the insider secrets of eyeglass styling so you will know how to pick great glasses for a customers, patients, or even yourself!

Week 5

Discuss how contact lenses help correct vision, and even learn about contact lens fads and fashions. You will discover how optical assistants fit contact lenses so they're just right for each person's eyes and how they educate patients about using their lenses correctly. Then, examine the best ways to make people feel welcome, respected, and well-treated at every step of their visit to a doctor's office or retail optical store.

Week 6

Survey three of the most interesting specialties for optical assistants - vision clinics, vision therapy, and refractive surgery. Finally, learn how certification puts you in line for promotions and management positions. You will learn how to prepare for a certification test and decide if it is the right route for you.

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Become an Optical Assistant Instructors
Dr. Beverly Smith

Dr. Beverly Smith is a Doctor of Optometry and has been in private practice for over 24 years. She is the founder of a consulting firm that helps new practitioners start and manage their own eye care practices. Beverly holds an M.B.A. in Healthcare Management, and she has published articles in the professional journals, New O.D. and Women in Optometry. She has taught dozens of optical staff over the past 24 years, many of whom went on to become licensed opticians, certified paraoptometrics, and Doctors of Optometry.

Become an Optical Assistant Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Become an Optical Assistant Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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