The Ophthalmic Assistant (OA) training program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to embark upon a career in Ophthalmology. Up-to four individuals will be selected and hired by Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) to become an Ophthalmic Assistant Trainee working in our Lebanon clinic. Two additional trainees will be hired to work at New London Hospital. The program is a 17-week long curriculum which is designed to prepare competent, entry-level Ophthalmic Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for career opportunities in the ophthalmology field and a general education component which complements the comprehensive skills-based specialty training. The D-H Ophthalmic Assistant Program will also have a focus on professionalism and quality patient care.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Exam (COA), the certifying body of allied health professionals in ophthalmology, after their first 500 hours of work. This training opens an advanced career pathway and opportunities to pursue additional trainings as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) or Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician (COMT), among others.