Optometric Assistants (OA’s) assist the optometrist in the delivery of eye health care services. In a typical optometric setting, an OA will see a vast array of patients from all walks of life; infants, children, men, women, seniors, able-bodied and disabled. The OA must be able to respond effectively to each patient’s needs, and to deliver care in a professional, efficient manner. The OA will have exceptional interpersonal, communication and time management skills.
The Certified Canadian Optometric Assistant Program (formerly the OA Course) is a CAO member benefit. The remote self-study program is open to optometric assistants employed by a CAO member optometrist.
What are the program benefits?
Benefits for your practice:
Improved employee engagement
Better patient service and satisfaction
More knowledgeable staff
More efficient clinic
The CCOA program is also cost effective. With better engagement you reduce the expense of turnover.
Your practice will see:
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The certification period is three years. To renew certification, documentation of 18 hours of approved continuing education (CE) and a CPR course taken during the three-year period must be received by CAO by December 31 of the renewal year. More information