• Application Deadline

    July 30, 2018

Vision Care Technology

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health and Biosciences
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 Opthalmic Assistant. Students will assist Ophthalmologists and Optometrists in examining and treating patients with vision problems, vision disorders and eye diseases.

Degrees/Certificates Offered

Vision Care Technology, A.A.S.

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?

Prepare students to be Ophthalmic Assistants

What's special about 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, field of vision tests, A-Scans and ophthalmic photography.

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


St Philip's College Vision Care Technology Program is actively seeking accreditation with the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).

International Council of Accreditation (ICA) contact information:
2025 Woodlane Drive, St. Paul, MN 55125-2998
(800) 284-3937 ext. 244


The Vision Care Technology program will prepare students to sit for the Certified Opthalmic Assistant (COA) exam.

Certification contact information Joint Commission on Allied Health personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO):

2025 Woodlane Drive, St. Paul, MN 55125-2998
Toll Free: (800) 284-3937; Phone: (651) 731-2944; FAX: (651) 731-0410
Email: jcahpo@jcahpo.org | Website: www.jcahpo.org

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.

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:

  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:

Application packets for the program must be completed and sent by USPS or delivered personally to the clinical coordinator (Sonia Gentry 1801 Martin Luther King Dr. building: CHP 130A San Antonio Tx.78203) by 7/30/2018.

All interested students please contact Sonia Gentry, Program Clinical Coordinator 210-486-2402, strevino29@alamo.edu or Syed Parvez, Program Director 210-486-2665, sparvez@alamo.edu.

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 are accepting applications for Fall 2018.

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Selection Process:

After you complete the admission and application process and are selected for the program. You are asked to meet the Student Technical Standards for the program.

Student Technical Standards

Contact Information

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