Admission into this program is on a First Qualified, First Accepted Basis.
Degree & National Certification
Students successfully completing this program will earn a Certificate of Competence from KCC. Graduates will also be eligible to sit for the national Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) Examination offered through the American Optometric Association.
The Optometry Assistant Program is a 114-hour course that combines related optometry work experience with classroom training and prepares students for the national Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) Examination offered through the American Optometric Association.
- Program Coordinator: Martin Chong (808) 734-9540
Step One: Attend a mandatory information session conducted online through Zoom on one of the following dates and times. No appointment is needed. If you do not have the Zoom application on your device, please be sure to download and create your account at https://zoom.us/test.
Zoom meeting link —– https://tinyurl.com/KAP21RHEP
Zoom meeting ID: 930 4729 9098
- November 22, 2023 Wednesday 5:00pm to 6:00pm Via Zoom
- December 13, 2023 Wednesday 5:00pm to 6:00pm Via Zoom
- January 3, 2024 Wednesday 5:00pm to 6:00pm Via Zoom
Step Two: Admission into this program is on a First Qualified, First Accepted Basis.
To qualify for program entry, you must be currently working in an optometry setting with approval and referral from your supervisor. A referral letter will be required to participate in this program.
Step Three: Once approved to enroll, students will be provided with instructions to register. Textbooks are included with enrollment and will be provided to students before the first evening of class.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition for this course is $2300. The Good Jobs Hawai‘i grant is available through the UH system for those who qualify. More information will be provided at the information sessions. Those who qualify will be able to enroll at no cost.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the day-to-day functions, capabilities, 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
- 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 eyewear options to improve a patient’s vision
- Understand office management skills including billing and coding