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The Stein Eye Institute Ophthalmic Assistant Training Program (OATP) is designed to enable the student to perform assigned duties and ophthalmic procedures as assistants to the ophthalmologist(s) with whom they work. The OATP will also prepare the student for the examination leading to certification as an Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) offered through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). It is open to any qualifying non-physician in ophthalmic patient care in the Southern California area. The student must be sponsored by an ophthalmologist who can provide supervised practical experience for a minimum of one year. Students are eligible to take the JCAHPO certification examination in July, following successful completion of the OATP.

Established in 1978, the program is directed and conducted by the Stein Eye Institute faculty, clinical fellows, physician residents, optometrists, orthoptists, ophthalmic medical personnel, nurses, and other qualified staff members. The training includes multimedia instruction through lectures, slides, video and audio tapes, and laboratory experience in the following subjects: medical terminology, medical law and ethics, general and ocular anatomy and physiology, basic skills, basic ophthalmic pharmacology, principles of tonometry, introduction to diseases of the eye, maintenance of ophthalmic instruments, and general medical knowledge, infection control, and emergencies.

Upon completion of this program the student should be able to:

1. Take a general medical and ophthalmic history 
2. Take basic anatomical and functional ocular measurements
3. Test ocular functions (e.g. visual acuity and basic color vision tests)
4. Perform lensometry
5. Administer topical ophthalmic and oral medications
6. Instruct the patient in personal eye care
7. Care for and maintain ophthalmic instruments and equipment
8. Care for, maintain, and sterilize surgical instruments
9. Perform other tasks as may be delegated, consistent with sound medical practice

Progress will be monitored by weekly written examinations and periodic performance evaluations. A minimum grade average of 70% is required to pass this program. Upon successful completion, the student will receive a certificate, however, they still need to pass the JCAHPO examination in order to become certified as a COA.

Admission Requirements
This program is open to high school graduates (or GED equivalent) with basic science requirements in Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics who are proficient in English. Transcripts of highest degree earned will be requested. A basic math and reading comprehension test will be administered to all applicants.

A minimum of one year of work experience in ophthalmology (employment during the course may be counted towards this requirement).

In accordance with official policy of the University of California, this program does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status in its admission policy.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Registration fees may be paid by check, MasterCard, Visa, or American Express and are due upon notification of acceptance into the OATP. Please make checks payable to: Stein Eye Institute.

Administrative Costs:
Total Registration Fee:

Fees for the textbooks will be forwarded to the appropriate agencies immediately upon admission of the applicant to the program and are not refundable; nor are the administrative costs. A portion of the tuition may be refunded for early withdrawal based on the following:

Sixth or later

The completed Application for Enrollment must be received by September 1, 2014.

Absenteeism Policy
The OATP will be held Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room on the first floor of the Stein Eye Institute (JS1-227) beginning Fall 2014.

Weekly attendance will be taken. Special arrangements can be made with the Program Director to make up examinations and/or demonstrations when there is an excused absence. Additional handouts will be available and students can obtain notes from their fellow students.

Four or more absences will prompt a special evaluation of the student's commitment to the program and his/her ability to meet the mandatory 80 hours of classroom time. This may lead to a probationary period, which could ultimately lead to dismissal from the program. Extraordinary circumstances will be taken into consideration with the Program and Medical Directors.

Grievance Policy
A student may express their grievances to either of these individuals:
Medical Director, Kevin M. Miller, MD (310) 206-9951
Associate Administrator, Ryan Lacey (310) 206-4560

The Medical and Program Directors are available to assist students in understanding program policies and practices and the career of ophthalmic medical assisting.

Further information may be obtained by contacting:

Danica Fiaschetti, LVN, COA (Program Director, OATP)
UCLA-JSEI Ophthalmology
100 Stein Plaza, 2-267
Box 957000
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7000

Phone: (310) 794-9342
Fax: (310) 825-9263

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