New Ophthalmic Assisting Program in Spring 2010

Middlesex Community College is offering a unique Ophthalmic Assisting program over the course of six Saturdays in the spring, starting Jan. 23 and ending May 8. The program is presented in conjunction with the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, and will equip current employees of ophthalmological practices with the knowledge and experience necessary to seek employment as an Ophthalmic Assistant, working in an ophthalmologist’s office.

Course materials will consist of both online presentations and on-campus clinical segments. Upon completion, students will possess a general understanding of optical theory as well as the clinical skills that yield higher-paying jobs in the field of ophthalmology.

“Ophthalmic Assistants earn the respect of their employers and higher compensation in a rewarding field,” said Dr. Larry Smotroff, Dean of Workforce Development and Continue Education at Middlesex.

“This new course will instill you with a solid foundation of ophthalmic knowledge to build upon, and provide you with virtually all of the information and concepts necessary to become nationally certified,” said Raymond Dennis, professor and coordinator of the Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing program.

At its centrally located Middletown campus, Middlesex is aiming to provide residents throughout Connecticut with expertise that can be applied at ophthalmological practices statewide.

The program is open to the public, in addition to current employees of related practices. Prospective students are encouraged to call (860) 343-5865 to register or find out more.

When:  Saturdays (1/23, 2/6, 2/27, 3/20, 4/10, 5/8), 9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Where: Middlesex Community College, Chapman Hall, Room 613

Instructors: Raymond P. Dennis, M.A.(Ed.) and Clinical Lab Instructors