Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant


Program Number: 905161CERT

Credits: 32

Area of Study: Health Sciences

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,512.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

Madison College's Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate expands on the Optometric Technician Program curriculum. 

The Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant certificate may be completed in two semesters of full-time study, plus an additional eight-week clinical experience.

The clinical experience is an important part of the certificate training. In this portion of the training, you will refine the skills you learned by working directly with doctors and patients during an eight-week summer clinical session. 

Please note that after acceptance to the Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant program, you may be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

Program Details

Students in the Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate must attend full time. 

Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 


To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


After completing the Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you will be prepared to:

  • Perform anatomical and functional measurements of the eye such as corneal thickness (pachymetry) and length of the eye (A-scan).
  • Assist in minor surgical procedures.
  • Care for, maintain and sterilize surgical instruments.
  • Take a complex medical history.
  • Assess the effects of systemic diseases.

Earning the Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant certificate at MATC prepares you to work under the supervision of an ophthalmologist.


Related Programs

MATC's Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant certificate is accredited by the International Council of Accreditation.