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What is a Paraoptometric: Paraoptometrics are allied health professionals who assist optometrists in providing their highest level of vision care to patients.  Paraoptometrics are allied health personnel who extend the optometrist's capabilities.

Purpose: The Career Studies Certificate in Paraoptometric is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to carry out a wide variety of front desk procedures in an optometrist office such as scheduling appointments, recalling patients, accepting payments, etc. They may also be trained in the different styles of eyewear, frame repair and adjusting, office materials, purchasing and other duties of a non-technical nature. Students can build on the certificate to earn more advanced certification in the field of paraoptometric such as assistant, technician, coding and administrative assessment.

Program Requirements: The Career Studies Certificate in Paraoptometric requires the student to be a high school graduate or equivalent. Students should be proficient in reading, writing, and English skills.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
HLT 143Medical Terminology I303
OPT 105Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology of the Eye303
OPT 154Optical Business Management303
SDV 106Preparation for Employment101
ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts303
Second Semester
HLT 144Medical Terminology II303
PSY 230Developmental Psychology303
ENG 101Practical Writing303
OPT 195Topics in Paraoptometric 505
OPT 196On-Site Training in Optometric Offices051

Total Minimum Credits for CSC in Paraoptometric   ...  28

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Degree: Career Studies Certificate
Program Code: 221-160-05
Program Length: 1 Year – 2 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 28
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Enrollment is open for Fall 18. Visit the Paraoptometric Info Page

Program Advisor
Georgia Householder
Russell Hall Room 238