Ophthalmic Medical Personnel

The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Program prepares individuals to perform ophthalmic procedures under the supervision of a licensed physician specializing in Ophthalmology. Course work includes lecture, laboratory, and clinical training in ocular measurements; ocular testing; lensometry; administering topical and oral medications; eye care; and caring for instruments.

Credentials & Employment

Graduates may qualify as candidates to take the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel, Ophthalmology National Certification Exam. Employment opportunities include medical institutions, clinics, or physician practices.


In addition to tuition and books, students are responsible for extra costs for uniforms, supplies, immunizations, background checks, and travel to clinical sites.

Additional Information

Clinical rotations are generally conducted on weekdays.

Drug screens and background checks are required by our clinical affiliates in order to attend clinical rotations. Students with positive drug screen, criminal charges, or criminal convictions may not be able to attend clinicals, and therefore will be unable to progress into the program. Students with a criminal conviction may not be eligible for taking the national examination. Complete information regarding the procedure will be provided at the program orientation.

Admissions Process

  • College Application: Complete an SCC admissions application online. Set up your SCC student email account.
  • Transcripts: Submit official (sealed) high school/high school equivalency and all college transcripts to the admissions office.
  • Course Placement Requirements: Students must place into ENG 111 without a corequisite and out of Math Modules DMA 010-DMA 050 or Transition Math Tiers 1 and 2..
  • Prerequisite Classes: Anatomy & Physiology (high school or BIO 094) is required with a grade of C or better; or Survey of Medicatl Rerminology (MED 120) with a C or better, as verified by college or high school transcript.
  • All applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA to be considered for admission.
  • Information Session: Attend a mandatory Health Sciences Information Session. Dates are posted on the Health Sciences website.
  • HESI A2 (Admission Assessment Exam): A 75+ cumulative score is required to apply in Early Consideration. Students who do not achieve a 75 may apply in Late Consideration. Students may only take the HESI A2 twice in an academic year (September-May). HESI A2 scores for tests taken within the last three years will be reviewed. Tests must be scheduled in advance; dates and registration are online. The test cost is $40, subject to change.
  • Health Sciences Application: Submit an online application by the deadline listed below. Applications can be accessed from the Health Sciences webpage.

Application Deadlines

Early Consideration: Last Friday in January
Late Consideration: Last Friday in April

OMA Essential Functions

Before official enrollment in OMA Program courses, students must present a personal statement to verify that they can fulfill certain essential functions. These include, but are not limited to: Physical Ability, Visual Acuity, Hearing Acuity, Speech/Communication, Critical Thinking, Emotional Stability, Personal Attributes, and Ability to Travel.

A complete list of essential functions can be obtained from the Program Coordinator.

Contact Information

General Health Sciences Admissions Questions

Alberta Purvis, LPN, COMT, CHC, CPC,
Associate Professor, OMA Program Coordinator

168 Kennedy Hall
910.695.3937 (EYES)


The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Program is fully accredited by the:
Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP)