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Ophthalmic Assistant

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Kirkwood’s Ophthalmic Assistant 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 will be held immediately following the course end date and is required for course completion.  A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the Ophthalmic Assistant course. Textbook required.

Class Details

44 Sessions
Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :
  Weekly - Tue, Thu.  
  Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri.  
  Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri.  

Location : Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa Location : 
  Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa.

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.Sarah Smith  2.TBA3 TBA3  3.TBA2 TBA2 

CEUs : 14

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Please read:  Prior to registering, all students must take the Next-Generation Accuplacer reading placement test by scheduling an appointment with the Test Center. You will need a k number prior to signing up for testing, if you do not have one please call 319-398-1269 to have one assigned to you. For a Test Center appointment please sign up by the following links; Cedar Rapids Test Center:, Coralville Test Center:, or Virtual Testing: Applicant must achieve a minimum score of 245 to be considered eligible to register for the Ophthalmic Assistant program. After receiving an eligible score, the applicant must submit scores to Continuing Ed Health by Emailing: or calling 319-398-1269 for verification of scores and to complete the registration process pending funding/payment. 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: Principles and Practice in Ophthalmic Assisting: A Comprehensive Textbook, 1st Edition, Ledford & Lens, (ISBN-13: 978-1617119330), available at Kirkwood Bookstores. Please note that evening or weekend hours are NOT available for the required 80-hour clinical experience.



Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 11/25/2021)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
8/24/2021 - 10/28/2021 Weekly - Tue, Thu 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Coralville, Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa  Map, Room: 314 Sarah Smith 
11/1/2021 - 11/12/2021 Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM TBD TBA2 TBA2 
11/15/2021 - 12/3/2021 Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM TBD TBA3 TBA3