Course Description

The 145 hour Optometry Assistant classroom course prepares skilled optometry assistants to assist optometrists in running his/her optometry practice.  The six module course includes:

    • Anatomy and physiology of the eye
    • Basic eye disorders, diseases, and treatment
    • Understanding and explaining the patient’s medical eye examination information
    • Instruction on the different eye wear options to improve a patient’s vision
    • Office management skills including billing and coding

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the day-to-day functions, capabilities, personnel, and  work-flow of an optometric practice.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the office principles utilized by optometric personnel (paraoptometrics)

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the process for assisting doctors and patients.

4.  Demonstrate preparation for the CPO Exam


Must attend an informational session to determine eligibility for this program and approval for registration. Please bring with you a picture I.D. and a copy of college transcripts, report cards or college diplomas, or ACCUPLACER placement test results. PLEASE BE PROMPT TO THE SESSION.

If you are a student with a documented disability and have not voluntarily disclosed the nature of your disability so that we may coordinate the accommodations you need,  you are invited to contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSSO) in `Ilima 107, ph.734-9552 , or email kapdss@hawaii.edu for assistance. For students whose primary disability is Deaf or hard of hearing, contact the KCC Deaf Center in Manono 111C, ph. 734-9210 (V) or 447-1379 (videophone).  

Please note:  you will need to contact Kapi‘olani CC's DSSO or Deaf Center to request accommodations in a Kapi‘olani CC course even if you've already registered or receiving services at another UH campuses disability support program.


Successful completion of ENG100 or employer recommendation. Relevant course substitutions may be considered. If you have not completed college-level English, you may take the ACCUPLACER placement test offered through the KCC Testing Center.
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