Vision Care Technology
What is the Vision Care Technology program?
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Vision Care Technology will train students to be Ophthalmic Assistants and prepare them for certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant. Students will assist Ophthalmologists and Optometrists in examining and treating patients with vision problems, vision disorders, and eye diseases.
What will I learn?
Patient care and skills needed to be successful in the field of ophthalmology.
What can I do with this course of study?
What's special about the program?
The Vision Care Technology program provides technical training in the field of Ophthalmology and Optometry. Skills will include but are not limited to training in taking patient history, vision assessment, manifest refractions in plus and minus cylinder, diagnostic tests such as color vision, eye muscle tests, a field of vision tests, A-Scans and ophthalmic photography.
The Vision Care Technology program has initial accreditation by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA). For more information click here.
International Council of Accreditation (ICA) contact information:
2025 Woodlane Drive, St. Paul, MN 55125
Phone: 651-731-7243; Fax: 651-731-0410
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: http://www.icaccreditation.org/
The Vision Care Technology program will prepare students to sit for the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) exam through the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO). The COA is the entry-level core exam. The designation of a COA confirms an assistant’s knowledge in 19 specific content areas. The COA certification examination is three hours in length and is comprised of 200 scored multiple-choice questions. For more information click here.
International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) contact information:
It is required that all Vision Care Technology Program applicants follow the procedure below.
Unsuccessful completion of all items within the mandated time-frame will preclude the application and therefore the application will not be considered for admission review.
Meeting Criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the program. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool and space available.
Complete the TEAS exam.
Submission of all transcripts from all colleges attended. See application check list for more information.
When submitting the application packet, an individual verifies that he or she has:
- Read the web page
- Obtained the necessary documents
- Understood the procedure to be followed for Admission into the Vision Care Technology Program
All applicants must complete all college course requirements prior to submitting their application. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade "C" or higher. If you have questions please contact the Program Director or Program Coordinator.
Application packets for the program must be completed and sent by email to Sonia Gentry, Program Clinical Coordinator, at email@example.com
Applications are reviewed and processed in the Summer for the upcoming Fall semester for consideration.
After careful review of all applicants, those selected will be notified by e-mail of their acceptance or non-acceptance into the program. If you are accepted, additional information will be provided via e-mail.
NOTE: Vision Care Technology Program is accepting applications for Fall 2021.
Applications will be reviewed by the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator. If you are selected, we will schedule an interview to discuss program technical standards of the program.
The St. Philip’s College Vision Care Technology Program began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of a college leadership decision related to the global COVID-19 situation. This remote teaching, learning, and working environment are expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters with exceptions made for courses that require face-to-face learning. For courses approved for these exceptions, small groups of students (no more than five) will be allowed to perform any skills check-offs necessary for course completion.
While this situation continues to evolve, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 130G