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Eye Care Assistant

Eye Care Assistants are vital members of the Eye Care team. Demand and employment opportunities for certified eye care assistants have been increasing due to the greater need of provision of eye care health. Eye Care Assistants work under the direction of an optometrist or ophthalmologist. They can work in various clinical settings including private, group and hospital ophthalmology departments. The individual will help the ophthalmologist or optometrist with diagnostic and treatment oriented procedures. 

Please watch the Eye Care Assistant & Ophthalmic Technician Career video to find out more!

Information about a career as an Eye Care Assistant is available at:

Students earning the new Eye Care Assistant Certificate program at College of DuPage will gain the skills for entry-level positions as ophthalmology and optometric assistants under the supervision of licensed eye care professionals.

The program was recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board and College of DuPage will seek accreditation for the new certificate through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). Upon receiving accreditation, students can sit for the national certifying exam, the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA), administered by JCAHPO. College of DuPage is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with the faculty member in this field. To send an e-mail, click on the name of the program coordinator below.:

  • Mitzi Thomas, COMT, BPS - Instructor, Program Coordinator, Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2207K, (630) 942-8398



Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

  1. Attend an advising session
  2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
  3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.