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Career Quest Now Offers Ophthalmic Assistant Program

Ophthalmic Assistant


Career Quest has introduced a new Ophthalmic Assistant diploma program at its Jackson and Lansing campuses. The program is designed to prepare students for careers as ophthalmic assistants, dispensing technicians and optical front office staff.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Employment of opticians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An aging population and increasing rates of chronic disease are expected to lead to greater demand for corrective eyewear.”


“The aging of America means that almost all healthcare fields are growing. And the majority of the population will need corrective eyewear at some point, which means that eye care professionals will continue to be in high demand,” said Career Quest Learning Centers President/CEO Robert McCart.


The 8-month Ophthalmic Assistant diploma program is offered in a blended format, which combines face-to-face training with industry professionals on campus, along with flexible online learning.


Students who participate in the Ophthalmic Assistant program will learn the following skills:

  • Ocular anatomy and pathology of eyes
  • Taking ocular measurements and pressures
  • Ocular imaging
  • Ocular pharmacology
  • Obtain ocular, medical and family history
  • Perform basic eye exams
  • Medical ethics, terminology, legal and regulatory issues
  • Microsoft Office, office admin, billing and coding basics


Students will also complete a required externship course to apply the skills learned in a real-world, on-the-job business environment.


Since 1995, Career Quest Learning Centers has implemented its mission to change lives by putting people to work in their chosen field through technical and personal skills training.  Career Quest provides quality education and training with the equipment and technology found in the current workplace. 


“The instructors at Career Quest are awesome,” she said. “I couldn’t have done this on my own. They really do set you up to succeed.”


“My grandson is in third grade. I’m proud that I can be an example to him. I have pride in what I’ve been able to accomplish – Career Quest has given me all that and then some.”