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Optometric Assisting

NEXT CLASS BEGINS August 2020 (Click here for more information)

Program Description:

If you have ever thought about making a difference in the lives of others, Optometric Assisting is a career you will really enjoy.  Imagine the look on a patient’s face who is seeing clearly for the first time in years;  it’s priceless!  Optometric Assisting is a growing career in the medical field with an abundance of employment opportunities, as more people are in need of glasses and contact lenses.  Let us show you our vision of the future!


Over the course of 10 months, students will learn the procedures and equipment used in diagnosing and treating eye and vision deficiencies and office procedures related to the vision care field.  As part of our training program, students receive real world experience under the supervision of a highly trained instructor and industry representatives, such as Optometrists, through off-campus clinical rotations and our on-site Vision Clinic.


Program Information:

OPT0720 Foundations of Visioncare 102 Hours
OPT0721 Optometric Assistant I 336 Hours
OPT0722 Optometric Assistant 2 642 Hours


Admissions Requirements:

  • Schedule the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) or provide official documentation for a TABE Exemption.
  • Schedule an appointment with your program counselor for TABE results and/or a program specific orientation.
  • Register for classes during open enrollment. Please be advised that registration runs on a first come, first served basis.


Program Hours and Schedule:

1080 Hours/10 Months/Hybrid

Full-time:  Monday – Friday; 8:00 am to 2:30 pm


Industry Certification and Licensure:


Employment Opportunities:

  • Optometric Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Optical Sales
  • Optical Laboratory Technician



The Optometric Assisting program recognized by the American Optometric Association, Paraoptometric Division.  For additional information about national and program accreditation, please contact the institution.


Program Costs:

Florida Resident Tuition $3,024.00
Out of State Tuition $12,096.00
Registration, Activity, Lab, Test, Insurance, and Trust Fees $236.00
Books / Supplies $525.00
Industry Certification & State Credential Exam Costs $300.00
Florida Resident Total Cost $4,085.00
Out of State Total Cost $13,157.00

Fees are based on the number of class days according to the Broward County Public Schools calendar. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.


For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions Counselor for Optometric Assisting:


Meghan Emerson, Certified School Counselor


  (754) 321-5891 or Meghan.Emerson@browardschools.com

Click here to download a PDF brochure of complete program information including costs.