Vision Care Technology

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health Sciences and Histology
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

What is the Vision Care Technology program?

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Vision Care Technology will provide students with the skills needed to be successful in the field of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders of the eye.

Why choose the Vision Care Program? 

The Vision Care Technology program provides technical training in the field of Ophthalmology and Optometry. Skills will include but are not limited to patient history, vision assessment, manifest refractions (plus and minus cylinder), color vision, eye muscle assessments, the field of vision, A-Scans, ophthalmic photography, and surgical skills.

  • Ophthalmic Assistants are currently in high demand
  • Have a passion for helping people
  • Patient care 
  • Interpersonal skills 

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Career Opportunities:

  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant/ Ophthalmic Assistant 
  • Optometric Assistant

Marketable Skills Learned:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Empathetic to patient needs
Program Accreditation, Certification and Information


The Vision Care Technology program is accredited 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; Website: 


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:

2025 Woodlane Drive, St. Paul, MN 55125
Toll Free: (800) 284-3937; Phone: (651) 731-2944; FAX: (651) 731-0410
Email: | Website:


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Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

It is required that all Vision Care Technology Program applicants follow the procedure below:

  • Applicants who are not currently students of SPC, must go to ""
  • Meet program requirements
  • Must provide all official transcripts to admissions and records
  • Be College ready in English, Math and Reading
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher

Unsuccessful completion of all items within the mandated time frame will preclude the application, and therefore, the applicant will not be considered for admission review.

Meeting the Criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the program. The final selection will be based on the applicant pool and available space.

Ensure to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. Please see the application checklist for additional information.

For additional information, contact Syed Parvez via email at or 210-486-2665.




Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

  • Fill out the application checklist to ensure all criteria are  met
  • Complete Vision Care application
  • Send all required documents/transcripts/application/checklist to Syed Parvez, Program Director,

St. Philip's College
Department of Health Science & Histology
ATTN: Syed Parvez, Program Director
Vision Care Technology Program
1801 Martin Luther King Drive
San Antonio, TX 78203-2098

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Selection Process: 

The Vision Care Program is currently accepting applications.

Applications are reviewed and considered in the Summer for the upcoming Fall semester. The application deadline is August 11, 2024. Selected applicants will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance and provided additional information.

Student Technical Standards

No person shall, on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, or persons who have opposed discrimination or participated in any complaint process on campus or before a government agency, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in employment or under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by the College District. H.1.1

Contact Information

Program Director:
Syed Parvez
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 130G

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