Course Content

Introductory Course – Module 1 (4 weeks)

This introductory module gives an overview of the profession of optometry and defines the roles and importance of the 3 Os. Medical, ophthalmic, and optical terminology as well as ocular anatomy and physiology are reviewed.  This module covers office procedures, such as customer service and administrative tasks including; patient intake and flow, scheduling and referrals, recall systems, and the management of patient records and privacy.  An overview of the certification program as well as the role of the optometric assistant are discussed.

Pretesting – Module 2 (4 weeks)

Covers preliminary optometric testing techniques including case history, visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, color vision, and stereopsis.  Additional procedures such as eye drop administration, blood pressure testing, and infection control are reviewed. Automated instruments such as the refractor, keratometer, and non-contact tonometer are introduced.  

Supplementary Testing – Module 3 (4 weeks)

Introduces supplemental optometric tests including: visual fields, digital imaging systems (OCT, HRT, corneal topography, fundus photography) and pachymetry.

Refraction and Ocular Health – Module 4 (4 weeks)

Explores common eye conditions, children’s and senior’s vision, pharmacology, triage and referrals.  After this module, assistants will have a comprehensive understanding of eye examinations

Ophthalmic Lenses – Module 5 (4 weeks)

Provides a background in basic optics and covers ophthalmic lens designs, treatments, speciality lenses and troubleshooting. After this module, the assistant will be able to make recommendations and select the appropriate lenses to meet various patient needs.

Ophthalmic Frames – Module 6 (4 weeks)

Techniques required to dispense and adjust ophthalmic frames including: learning frame parts, repairs, selection and troubleshooting. Frame inventory and communication with vendors is discussed. After this module, the assistant will be able to assist in appropriate frame selection and maintenance.  

Ophthalmic Finishing Lab – Module 7 (4 weeks)

Standard and automated lensometry as well as the lab work involved in producing a finished lens product. After this module, the assistant will be able to verify the quality of finished eyewear.

Contact Lenses – Module 8 (4 weeks)

Ocular anatomy and physiology as it pertains to contact lenses. Types of contact lenses, uses care systems, hygiene, and insertion and removal techniques are reviewed.  After this module, the assistant will have a thorough understanding of contact lenses, as well as the ability to instruct patient fittings and manage trials lenses and inventory.

Business/Retail – Module 9 (4 weeks)

Administrative processes such as sales techniques, and maintaining inventory, billing and insurance plans. Patient communication strategies for dealing with challenging patients is reviewed. After this module, the assistant will be able to manage the busyness of an optometric business!


NOTE: All modules are delivered via the OA Dashboard.This program is administered online only.

Access to the latest edition of the textbooks is mandatory for all registrants to complete the course Modules. Textbooks may be ordered here:

1.  System for Ophthalmic Dispensing, Third Edition, Brooks & Borish

2.  The Ophthalmic Assistant, 10th Edition, Stein, Stein & Freeman


2017-2018 Full Course cycle registrations will be held from July 5th, 2017 to September 8th, 2017.