This non-credit program prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a valued member of the eye care team. Ophthalmic Assistants work in hospital, clinic or office settings under the supervision of a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist. Course content includes information on the specific duties of the Ophthalmic Assistant, common clinical eye disorders and ocular diseases, surgical procedures, medications, and instruments. A two-week 80-hour clinical experience is held at the end of the course and is required for course completion. Textbook required (not included in cost of tuition): The Ophthalmic Assistant, 10th Edition, Stein, Stein & Freeman, (ISBN-13: 978-0323394772), available at Kirkwood’s main campus bookstore.