2020-2021 Catalog 
  
    Jul 10, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

Paraoptometric (CSC)


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CIP 51.1801
Degree: Career Studies Certificate
Program Code: 221-160-05
Program Length: 1 Year - 2 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 28
Enrollment is open for Fall 18. Visit the Paraoptometric Info Page

Program Advisor
Georgia Householder
276.964.7397
Russell Hall Room 238

What is a Paraoptometric: Paraoptometrics are allied health professionals who assist optometrists in providing their highest level of vision care to patients. Paraoptometrics are allied health personnel who extend the optometrist’s capabilities.

Purpose: The Career Studies Certificate in Paraoptometric is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to carry out a wide variety of front desk procedures in an optometrist office such as scheduling appointments, recalling patients, accepting payments, etc. They may also be trained in the different styles of eyewear, frame repair and adjusting, office materials, purchasing and other duties of a non-technical nature. Students can build on the certificate to earn more advanced certification in the field of paraoptometric such as assistant, technician, coding and administrative assessment.

Program Requirements: The Career Studies Certificate in Paraoptometric requires the student to be a high school graduate or equivalent. Students should be proficient in reading, writing, and English skills.

Semester Total


  • Lecture Hours: 13
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Course Credits: 13

Semester Total


  • Lecture Hours: 14
  • Lab Hours: 5
  • Course Credits: 15

Total Minimum Credits: 28


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