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Ophthalmic Educational Training

Educational training for beginning students as ophthalmic assistants can include one or a combination of the following:

Formal educational training through an accredited program/school

Classes are designed to give a focused educational experience within a small group size allowing for a high level of student-teacher interaction. Many educational organizations have job placement programs to assist graduates in finding more immediate employment upon completion of their coursework. The Commission on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP) provides a listing of Ophthalmic Assistant/Clinical Assistant Programs and Ophthalmic Technician/Medical Technologist Programs.

Distance Learning

Expand your knowledge base while pursuing other educational coursework, on-the-job training, or work. Pre-determined curricula and pathway designed to teach specific skills at a reasonable cost.


Independent or Self-study

AAO Ophthalmic Medical Assisting Starter Kit:

Provide your staff with the most up-to-date training materials

Ophthalmic Medical Assisting: An Independent Study Course
  • AAO Ophthalmic Medical Assisting Starter Kit Academy Store: Revised textbook and online examination for beginning ophthalmic allied health professionals (Training DVD is also included).
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assisting: An Independent Study Course, Fifth Edition Academy Store. The fully illustrated core textbook describes 44 procedures step-by-step and covers all topics in both the United States and International curricula. Each chapter includes self-assessment questions, and suggested activities and resources.
  • Examination: Successful completion of the course and the exam meets most of the requirements from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) for taking the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) exam. New online format provides immediate feedback on the test taker’s performance.
  • Fundamentals of Ophthalmic Medical Assisting, Second Edition training DVD Academy Store  Enhance your staff's patient care skills. This DVD provides step-by-step instructions for the various procedures an ophthalmic medical assistant needs to perform and demonstrates how to use equipments and execute many of the diagnostic tests described in the textbook.

Visit the Academy Store Academy Store for additional educational products developed for ophthalmic medical professionals.

JCAHPO Learning Systems® CD-ROM

JCAHPO Learning Systems® CD-ROM A sophisticated interactive CD-ROM that uses cutting-edge animation, simulation, and video to teach basic skills in six key areas (Keratometry, Lensometry, Ocular Motility, Retinoscopy/Refinement, Tonometry, & Visual Fields) vital to most ophthalmology practices.

JCAHPO & ATPO offer continuing education opportunities through participation in non-traditional, non-classroom instructional activities such as: Audio Lectures, Articles, Internet Based Courses, Videotapes and Refinement Print-based Modules. 

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Exam Study Guide

Prepare for JCAHPO’s Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) exam efficiently and confidently.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Exam Study Guide

The COA Study Guide is designed to prepare allied health staff for JCAHPO's COA exam. It does not fulfill any of the requirements to become a COA or provide continuing education credits.  


On-The-Job Training

Offers flexibility to individuals who have financial obligations and need to begin working immediately. Physicians extend opportunities to train staff increasing the potential for better long-term retention. The individual is supervised during the term of the training by medical professionals in the physician's office.


Clinical Books/DVDs from the Academy Store

Clinical Books


Clinical DVDs


CODEquest Ophthalmic Coding College

CODEquest Ophthalmic Coding College Take advantage of convenient seminars sponsored with your state or specialty society to get up-to-date, state- and specialty-specific coding information. JCAHPO Category A CEUs Offered.


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