Program Content: This Optometric Assisting program is designed to prepare students for employment in the eye care profession. Optometric assistants work with optometrists and other eye-care professionals. Course work includes ocular anatomy and physiology, eye diseases, refractive errors, vision testing, special diagnostic testing, fitting eyeglasses and contact lenses, and business management of the eyecare office. Optometric Assisting students are eligible to sit for the Certified Paraoptometric Assistant Examination upon program completion. The content includes, but is not limited to, communication and interpersonal skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, ocular anatomy and physiology, eye diseases, refractive errors, vision testing, special diagnostic testing, fitting eyeglasses and contact lenses, and business management of the eye care office. Program approved by the American Optometric Association.
1. Apply to MTC at https://manateetech.edu/apply-now/
Submit your application to access your “To-Do List.”
2. Attend a Program Information Session. Call 941.752.8100, prompts 2, 3, and 5 for more information.
3. Complete your “To-Do List” at https://www.MTCdashboard.net.
4. Submit your criminal background information as shown on your “To-Do List.”
The deadline for your completed “To-Do List” is 4 weeks prior to the class start date.
Note: TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) must be taken within 6 weeks of your admit date unless exemption criteria have been documented.
For exemption information, see TABE exemption in the Student Handbook located here: https://www.manateetech.edu/quick-docs/
Length of Program: This program is 1080 clock hours, which takes approximately 11 months to complete if attending full-time.
Industry Certification: Program graduates are prepared to earn the AOA Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) certification.
Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet: Optometric Assisting (H170705)
Required Books and Materials: Optometric Assisting
Location: MTC East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211 | 941.752.8100
Estimated Total: $4,850*
For More Information: Contact Amy Gates: 941.752.8100 x 2032, Email
*An additional fee for a uniform, books, supplies and various materials is required. Fees for certifications and/or licensure may or may not be required.