Medical Assisting with a Focus on Eye Care

Program Description
This program prepares high school juniors or seniors and adults for entry level positions in health facilities such as doctor's offices and hospitals. Graduates work closely with physicians, assisting with the instruction and treatment of patients and performing diagnostic tests, administering topical and oral medications, as well as assisting in surgical procedures. The hands on clinical/classroom environment make learning fun through dissection, examination of peers, and use of medical equipment. This program provides an excellent opportunity for students seeking a career in healthcare or for high school students thinking seriously about studying healthcare in college.

Curriculum Highlights:
* Clinical skills
* Anatomy and Physiology
* Health Career Exploration
* CPR/ AED Certification
* Aseptic Technique and Surgical Assisting
* Medical Terminology

Students prepare for college by developing note taking, organizational and professional skills required in college level courses. Dedicated students are placed in job shadows and career work experience, providing on-the-job training and exposure to the professionalism and reality of health careers in various healthcare facilities. Students interact with the public; therefore, they must be neat and well groomed and have a courteous, pleasant manner and they must be able to communicate effectively. High school science with a lab and Algebra 1 are recommended.

As an accredited ophthalmic assisting program, the instructor uses the eye to connect medical knowledge to one body system. Specialized equipment in the classroom enriches the understanding of medical concepts through observation of living tissues and exercising precision in measuring such things as visual acuity, corneal curvature and the refractive error of the eye. As a result the students have the opportunity to specialize their interest in ophthalmic medical assisting and are prepared for national certification examination. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs

High School Credits Awarded
1 credit in Math, 1 credit in Science, 4 electives, CPR/AED Certification, Anatomy and Physiology (pending)

What's Next?
* Students are prepared to directly enter the workforce as Medical Assistants, Pharmacy Technician trainees, lab Technician trainees or LNA trainees.
* Students have the option to gain the credential of Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) upon successful completion the National Certifying Exam with 500 hours of clinical experience.
* Continue post-secondary education in more advanced allied health careers.

Job Prospects/ Earnings
* According to the United States Department of Labor, "Employment is projected to grow much faster than average", ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008-18 decade.
* Average national salary for Certified Ophthalmic Assistants is 19.11 an hour.


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