Degree: Career Studies Certificate
Program Code: 221-160-05
Program Length: 1 Year - 2 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 28
Enrollment is open for Fall 2022. Visit the Paraoptometric Info Page
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.
Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Southwest Virginia Community College Career Studies Certificate in Paraoptometrics program provides the following information for all prospective and current students:
This program prepares students to sit for professional exams and/or apply for professional licensure that is required for employment in the related occupation in Virginia. If you live or move outside of Virginia, you must consult with the program lead to confirm whether the program will meet your state’s requirements prior to enrolling in courses.