Optometry Assistant Apprenticeship Program

Fall 2017
 Optometry Assistant Apprenticeship Program


Limited number of $2000 tuition stipends!! Your cost is only $300!!!

Program Dates and Schedule:

PHASE DATES MEETING DAYS & TIMES
Jump Start Phase – 30 hours 
Oct 2 – Oct 14
Mon – Thur   6:00 – 9:00pm & Sat 2:00 – 5:00pm
Phase II – 54 hours
Oct 16 – Dec 16
Mon – 6:00 to 9:00pm & Sat 2:00 to 5:00pm
Phase III – 49 hours
Jan 6 – July 21
1st & 3rd Saturdays – 2:00 to 5:30pm
Phase IV CPO Cert Exam Review – 12 hours
July 28, 30, Aug 4, 6
Mon – 6:00 to 9:00 & Sat – 2:00 to 5:00pm
National Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) Exam
Between August 11 & August 25

Program Description

The Optometry Assistant Program is a one year apprenticeship employment program including a 145 hour campus course that prepares students for the national Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) Examination offered through the American Optometric Association.

Optometry assistants learn to assist optometrists in running his/her optometry practice through well-developed on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction.

Apprentices may be employed in private practices or clinics.

The 2017-2018 campus course starts October 2nd, and ends in August 2018 with the CPO exam. The campus course is open to those already working in an optometry office and those considering employment in an optometry office.

Program Admission

Admission into the program is on a FIRST QUALIFIED, FIRST ACCEPTED basis. The program has limited enrollment and you are strongly encouraged to register early to secure a seat.

Completion of English 100 (Expository Writing) or higher, OR employer recommendation is required for entry into this program. Relevant course substitutions may be considered. If you have not completed college-level English, you may take the ACCUPLACER placement test offered through the KCC Testing Center.

Please attend one of the following REQUIRED program information/eligibility sessions listed below to determine your eligibility and to receive approval for registering. No appointment is needed and free parking is available on campus. A brief discussion on the pre-program requirements and expectations will also be presented. Please bring with you a picture I.D. and a copy of college transcripts, report cards or college diplomas, or ACCUPLACER placement test results. PLEASE BE PROMPT TO THE SESSION.

September 5, 2017 Tuesday 4:30 – 5:30pm Kauila Building 109
September 12, 2017 Tuesday 4:30 – 5:30pm Kauila Building 109
September 19, 2017 Tuesday 4:30 – 5:30pm Kauila Building 109
September 26, 2017 Tuesday 4:30 – 5:30pm Kauila Building 109

Registration Procedure

After you receive signed approval by attending one of the scheduled information/eligibility sessions, you will need to present the approval form received at the information/eligibility session with full tuition payment to the Continuing Education Registration Office in Manono 113 to register. Once full payment has been received, you are enrolled in the program. NOTE: Fall 2017 tuition is discounted from $2,300 to $300 due to grant stipend. There is limited seating and students are accepted on a First Qualified, First Accepted basis. Textbooks are provided on the first evening of class.

REFUND POLICY: A 100% refund is given if cancellation of enrollment is made at least ten (10) business days before the start date of the course. A 50% refund is given if cancellation is made five to nine business days before the start of the program. No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than five business days prior to the start of the program.

Financial Aid

Federal loans will not be eligible for this non-credit program. Alternative or Private loans are an option to consider for financing this education. Alternative/Private loans are designed to help students with educational expenses that exceed other financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study and federal loans. FAFSA is not required. Alternative loans are credit score based; therefore, a co-signer may be needed.

For detailed information regarding Alternative Student Loans, please contact your lender or financial institution directly.

Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs as well as military spouse benefits. Please contact the respective agencies for details.

Curriculum & Tuition

*** Regular tuition is $2,300. Discounted tuition for the October 2017 class is $300 through a grant stipend.

Jump Start Phase – 30 hours
Oct 2 – Oct 14
Monday through Thursday – 6:00 to 9:00pm
Saturday – 2:00 to 5:00
Phase II – 54 hours
Oct 16 Dec 16
Monday – 6:00 to 9:00pm
Saturday – 2:00 to 5:00pm
Phase III – 49 hours
Jan 6 July 21
1st and 3rd Saturdays – 2:00 to 5:30pm
Phase IV CPO Certification Exam Review – 12 hours
July 28, 30, Aug 4, 6
Monday – 6:00 to 9:00pm
Saturday – 2:00 to 5:00pm
CPO Exam – August 11 to August 25

***We reserve the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons. All dates, times, and other information may be subject to change with or without prior notice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the day-to-day functions, duties, personnel, and work-flow of an optometric practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the office principles utilized by optometric personnel (paraoptometrics)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process for assisting doctors and patients during exams and other office procedures
  • Demonstrate preparation for the CPO Exam
  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the eye
  • Understand basic eye disorders, diseases, and treatment
  • Understand and explain the patient’s medical eye examination information
  • Be able to instruct patients on the different eye wear options to improve a patient’s vision
  • Understand office management skills including billing and coding

Degree and National Certification

Students successfully completing the 2000 hours apprenticeship and the related training 145 hour campus course will earn a Certificate of Competence from Kapi‘olani Community College. Graduates will also be eligible to sit for the national Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) Examination offered through the American Optometric Association.

Contact Information

Optometry Assistant Program Coordinator – Martin Chong
808-734-9540
martincs@hawaii.edu

Health Apprenticeship Coordinator – George Massengale
808-734-9387
gmasseng@hawaii.edu

Continuing Education

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