Health Science

Optometric Assisting

NEXT CLASS BEGINS August 21, 2023

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Program Description:

If you have ever considered a career that makes a difference in the lives of others, a career as a vital member of the optometry field will offer many rewards. The increased demand for those needing glasses and contact lenses has resulted in numerous employment opportunities in vision care.

Through our program, students will learn the skills necessary to assist eye care specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of vision deficiencies and develop a thorough understanding of the equipment, materials and procedures used in the field. Students will participate in McFatter’s onsite vision clinic, as well as an off-campus clinical rotation during the program.

Course NumberTitleLength
OPT0720Foundations of Vision Care102 hours
OPT0721Optometric Assistant 1336 hours
OPT0722Optometric Assistant 2642 hours

Program Costs:

Florida Resident Tuition$3,024.00
Out of State Tuition$12,096.00
Registration, Activity, Lab, Test, Insurance, and Trust Fees$392.00
Books / Supplies$467.00
Industry Certification & State Credential Exam Costs$305.00
Florida Resident Total Cost$4,188.00
Out of State Total Cost$13,260.00

Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Please visit to apply.


  • Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA)

Employment Opportunities

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

College Credit

Graduates may be awarded credits towards an Associate of Science Degree or Associate of Applied Science Degree at select Florida state colleges. Please click here for additional details.

Admissions Requirements

  • Schedule a basic skills assessment ($15) or provide official documentation of a basic skills exemption to your program counselor/advisor.
  • Schedule an appointment with your program counselor/advisor for basic skills assessment results and/or a program specific orientation.
  • Register for classes during open enrollment. Program registration runs on a first come, first served basis.

Program Info

Program Length:

1080 hours ǀ 8 months

Program Offered:

August; October

Delivery Method:

*Students enrolled in distance and/or hybrid programs must have daily access to a computer with internet and a valid email address that they check daily. Additionally, students must have all necessary hardware and software components required by their program.

Days & Times:

  • Monday – Friday,
    8:00am – 2:30pm

Enroll in our Optometric Assisting program today.

To get started in the Optometric Assisting program, Sign Up today for a program orientation or contact the counselor at: [email protected]

For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at (754) 321-5700.

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