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Ophthalmic Program Begins on March 12 at CT State Asnuntuck

ENFIELD, Conn. — CT State Asnuntuck will be offering an ophthalmic assistant program this spring at its Enfield campus. This program prepares students to enter the ophthalmic medical personnel field as ophthalmic assistants.

Ophthalmic assistants perform duties as assigned by the ophthalmologist for whom they work. All aspects of the ophthalmic assistant’s role will be covered in a classroom setting and clinical/hands-on sessions. Upon earning the college certificate, students must complete 1,000 hours of paid work experience under ophthalmologic supervision to be eligible for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology certification.

Lectures will be held on campus. The clinical/hands-on experience will be held at a local eyecare center. Students must provide their own transportation. Classes will be held March 12 to May 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with the first class meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. Clinic dates are April 6, 13, 20, and 27 and May 4 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a half-hour lunch.

Fourteen different non-credit career programs, including ophthalmic assistant, are available at Asnuntuck, with a potential for SNAP scholarships. They include medical billing and coding (certified professional coder), certified pharmacy technician, certified patient care technician, emergency medical technician, electrocardiogram technician, dental assistant, sterile processing technician, veterinary assistant, esthetician, nail technician, personal trainer, cosmetology, and medical interpreter.

For more information regarding any of the programs, email as-continuinged@asnuntuck.edu or call (860) 253-3028.