School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065

Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant


Program number: 905161CERT


The Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate expands on the Optometric Technician Program curriculum. 

The certificate may be completed in two semesters of full-time study, plus an additional 8-week clinical experience.

The clinical experience is an important part of the certificate training, during which students will refine their skills learned through working directly with doctors and patients during an eight-week summer clinical session. 

Please note that after acceptance to this program, you will 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

This program is not offered online.


To Apply

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

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.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester

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 this certificate prepares you to work under the supervision of an ophthalmologist as a clinical ophthalmic assistant.


Madison College is accredited for this certificate from the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs.