Medical Assistant for Vision/Ophthalmic

This comprehensive 60-hour program of study will prepare students to enter the vision care field. This program teaches students the skills needed to work in a vision care office as an entry-level vision care clinic assistant, receptionist, front office assistant or back office assistant. This class will include both classroom theory and hands-on training one evening per week in a local vision clinic.

Course Objectives

This course covers a lot of information and the main course objectives to understand:

  • Have a general understanding of the medical office.
  • Understand patient triage.
  • Be familiar with ophthalmic medical equipment.
  • Demonstrate chart documentation.
  • Understand coding.
  • Perform visual acuity testing.
  • Understand tonometry.
  • Perform specialized testing.
  • Understand refractometry.
  • Have a general understanding of ocular motility.

Registration Information

Registration can be completed via online, walk-in or postal mail.

Walk-in registration is accepted during our regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Jefferson Campus
2601 Carson Road
George Wallace Hall, Office 202
Birmingham, AL 35215

Shelby-Hoover Campus
4600 Valleydale Road
Health Science Building, Office 432
Birmingham, AL 35242

Course Fee



Courses are offered on an ongoing basis and we offer open enrollment. To view a complete schedule, go to the following link: Click Here

Scholarship Opportunities 

Career Pathways:
Jefferson State Community College’s Adult Education program and the Center for Workforce Education have partnered to provide Fast Track career classes to Adult Education students. The Fast Track career classes lead to the skills necessary to obtain employment. These classes can be completed in a few weeks or a few months. Career Pathways allows qualifying students to benefit from activities related to workplace readiness, academic and career counseling, and academic preparation while enrolling in selected Non-Credit Fast Track programs.

Local Alabama Career Centers provide WIOA scholarship opportunities to qualifying students for some programs. (Workforce Investment Opportunity Act). These are for low-income students/students who have recently been laid off from their jobs.