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Ophthalmic Assistant Program




ACE and its partners (Piedmont Eye Center, Region 2000 Workforce Center, Virginia Employment Commission, and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services) are excited to announce the start of a new customized integrated education and training program for individuals who are interested in becoming Ophthalmic Assistants. Upon entering and completing the contextualized course and workforce preparation activities, participants will be interviewed for the Ophthalmic Assistant training program at Piedmont Eye Center (PEC). The intent of the Ophthalmic Assistant prep course is to prepare participants for the interview and technical training that will follow with PEC. ACE will provide concurrent basic academic skills, workforce preparation activities, and contextualized instruction so that participants will develop the background knowledge necessary to be hired and go through the PEC Ophthalmic Assistant training program. Those hired will be paid $11.00/hour. After 1 year of clinical employment the ophthalmic assistant is eligible to take the JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Assistant written exam (COA-A3) and receive a merit increase upon certification. Higher certification testing is encouraged by the practice and similar certification benefits may apply. ACE does not guarantee employment for participants finishing the class but does guarantee employability. For more information about what Ophthalmic Assistants do please view the videos in the links below and see what qualifications and professional image is expected. If interested, please download and fill out the application that is due by the 9th of June. 


Ophthalmic Assistant Application


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Video 1  Ophthalmic Assistant is a High Demand Profession

Video 2 Typical Day in the Life of an Ophthalmic Assistant