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Optometric Assisting

NEXT CLASS BEGINS August 19, 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! 

During the program, 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. Additionally, 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


Program Hours and Schedule 
1080 Hours | 10 Months | Hybrid* 
Class: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 2:30pm

This program is offered once a year in August.

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


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 $300.00
Florida Resident Total Cost $4,183.00
Out of State Total Cost $13,255.00

Prices are subject to change without notice. 

Fees listed are based on the number of class days according to the Broward County Public Schools’ calendar.

Industry Certification and Licensure 
• Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) 

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

Admission Requirements 

• Schedule the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) ($15) or provide official documentation for a TABE exemption to your program counselor. 

• Schedule an appointment with your program counselor for TABE results and/or a program specific orientation. 

• Applicants must complete a physical examination report and immunization record.

• Register for classes during open enrollment. Please be advised that registration runs on a first come, first served basis.


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

Program Counselor 
Meghan Emerson, Certified School Counselor 
[email protected]


The Optometric Assisting program is accredited by the American Optometric Association, Paraoptometric Division. 

For information about national and program accreditation, please contact the institution