The full adult program starts every August; however, there are options available just for high school students who dual enroll in their high school and at Manatee Technical College.
Here are the options: Three Options.
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: The Basic Skills Assessment must be taken within 6 weeks of your admit date unless exemption criteria have been documented per State Statute. For exemption information, see the Student Handbook located here: https://www.manateetech.edu/quick-docs/
Length of Program: This program is 1080 clock hours, which takes approximately 10 months to complete and includes 200 hours clinical
Dual Enrollment Available: Yes, see the three options listed above.
Industry Certification: Program graduates are prepared to earn the AOA Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) certification.
Articulation: May be available towards credits at Florida public colleges/universities. Speak with a Career Counselor for more information.
Estimated Total: $4,500*
*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. The price is for in-state tuition. For out-of-state tuition, speak with a Career Counselor for more information. MTC is not an I-20 institution. State Sales Tax calculated at the point of sale.
Location: MTC East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211 | 941.752.8100
Start Date: August, January
Start Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For More Information: Contact Amy Gates: 941.752.8100 x 2032, Email