Housatonic to offer Ophthalmic Assistant Program
BRIDGEPORT — Housatonic Community College will offer an Ophthalmic Assistant Program starting on September 17.
The new program is designed to help address a shortage of ophthalmic medical personnel.
The program requires no college course prerequisite requirements, and consists of two courses that will prepare students to become part of an eye-care team. Students will receive entry-level knowledge and skills to assist an ophthalmologist in the diagnosis and care of patients.
Dr. Scott Spector, founder and director of Spector Eye Care and New Vision Cataract and Laser Center in Connecticut, will be the instructor.
The two 14-week course meets one evening a week from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and one Saturday a month spent in an ophthalmologist’s office. Students must also complete 500 hours in an ophthalmologist office before taking the certification exam.
Information sessions about the Ophthalmic Assistant Program will be held Monday, September 10 at 6pm and Tuesday, September 11at 10am in the Continuing Education Department, room 116 in Beacon Hall on the Housatonic campus, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd.