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Optometric Assistants

What is an Optometric Assistant?

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.

CCOA Program

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

For Assistants:

  • Better client relations
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication
  • Improved problem solving
  • Better engagement at work
  • More self-confidence

The CCOA program is also cost effective. With better engagement you reduce the expense of turnover.

Your practice will see:

  • Better staff retention
  • Increased productivity
  • Efficiency as staff work to scope
  • Strong knowledge retention and transfer
  • Improved time management skills 

Click here for additional information about the program

Click here to register.

Information for CCOA Program 2014/2015 Students

Current Student Course Material

Information for CCOAs

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