Prior to registering, all students must take the Next-Generation Accuplacer reading placement test by contacting the Kirkwood Community College Test Center at 319-398-5456 in Cedar Rapids or 319-887-3642 in Iowa City. Applicant must achieve a minimum score of 245 to be considered eligible to register for the Ophthalmic Assistant program. After receiving their score, the applicant must contact the Program Director at 319-398-5626 to complete the registration process. All applicants must be at least 18 years old and have evidence of high school diploma or equivalent.
Costs associated with the program that are not included in the tuition: textbook, background check fee ($45), immunization/health information tracking fee ($30) and any additional fees associated with the health requirements or clinical experience. 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.
Please note that evening or weekend hours are NOT available for the required 80-hour clinical experience. Students will be placed at an area clinical site and are responsible for their own transportation to their clinical assignment. Specific guidelines and student expectations for the clinical experience, including the background check process and health requirements, will be further explained during the first week of class.