The first cohort for this program will begin in January 2015.
Are you an adult 18 years of age or older who dropped out of high school, has a high school diploma, or a GED® Credential? You may qualify for assistance to complete this program cohort.
See the full curriculum for this program in the Course Catalog Program Listing for Paraoptometric.
This two-semester, 29-credit program will begin in January 2015 and will focus on preparing the
student to assist an Optometrist in an office setting with customer service, optical fitting, and business procedures in the optical office. Medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathology of the eye, and optical theory will be covered in this program.
Annual income will vary greatly depending on the size, type and location of the practice in which you are employed. The average paraoptometric works 25-40 hours per week and their earnings averaged $25,000 –$43,000 annually.
Download a Paraoptometry Career Path Ladder (pdf)
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The program cohort listed on this page is offered through PluggedInVA and Southwest VA Community College and are sponsored by the DOL TAACCCT Grant.