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 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?

Ophthalmic Assistant


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.

We will help students find the resources to start searching for prospective employers a few months before graduation.
Program Accreditation, Certification and Information


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; 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:


THECB Statutory Requirement

Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

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.

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:

  1. Read the web page
  2. Obtained the necessary documents
  3. Understood the procedure to be followed for Admission into the Vision Care Technology Program

Prerequisite Requirements:

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.

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Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

All interested students please contact Sonia Gentry, Program Clinical Coordinator 210-486-2402,, or Dr. Syed Parvez, Program Director 210-486-2665,

Applications are reviewed and processed in the Summer for the upcoming Fall semester for consideration. The application deadline is August 17.

After careful review of all applicants, those selected will be notified by e-mail of their acceptance or non-acceptance of the program. If you are accepted, additional information will be provided via e-mail.

The application must be emailed to the Program Clinical Coordinator. Additionally, the application and all other required documents must be sent via postal mail to the college.

Email the application only to Sonia Gentry, Program Clinical Coordinator at

Mail the application, checklist, official transcripts, and other supporting documents to:

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

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Selection Process:

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.

Student Technical Standards

COVID-19 Information: 

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 eight) 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.

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

Clinical Coordinator
Sonia Gentry
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 130G