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A&M-Texarkana to Offer Ophthalmic Assistant/Optician Training Course

Published: April 20, 2017

Are you interested in a career in the eye-care industry?

Beginning June 8, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, in conjunction with Texarkana Eye Associates, will offer an 11-week Ophthalmic Assistant/Optician training course that will prepare students with the necessary skills to perform ophthalmic procedures in the office of an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

“We are excited to once again partner with Texarkana Eye Associates to offer this fantastic training opportunity,” said Shelley Caraway, executive director of Extended Education and Community Development at A&M-Texarkana. “We are wrapping up our first class, and several of our students already have secured jobs in the growing eye-care industry.”

Caraway and Texarkana Eye Associates’ Dr. Nick McColley worked together to develop the course, which consists of 60 hours of classroom and 20 hours of lab completed at a Texarkana Eye Associates facility.

Class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. from June 8 to Aug. 17 on the A&M-Texarkana campus.

Those who successfully complete the course will be eligible to take the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) exam. Confirming an assistant’s knowledge in 19 key areas, this is the entry-level nationally recognized designation for eye-care professionals.

The cost of the course and materials is $2,025.  For registration and additional information, contact Shelley Caraway at EECD@Tamut.edu.


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