Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant


Program number: 905161CERT


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. 

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


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.

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Related Programs

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