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Ophthalmic Assistant Training Program Information Session



Date and Time

Thursday, May 31, 2018
6 pm to 7 pm


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Clinic 4B
1 Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH

The Ophthalmic Assistant (OA) training program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to embark upon a career in Ophthalmology. An OA works alongside eye doctors, ophthalmologists or optometrists, to provide patient care. OAs ensure providers have accurate and complete information that helps them diagnose and treat patients. Successful OAs are detail oriented, have strong communication skills and are committed to providing exceptional patient care.


The OA program is 13 weeks long and the curriculum includes classroom instruction, skills training, and practicum. Graduates are eligible to sit for the JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Exam (COA), the certifying body of allied health professionals in ophthalmology, after their first 500 hours of work. This training opens an advanced career pathway and opportunities to pursue additional trainings as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) or Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician (COMT), among others.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is seeking to hire and sponsor up to 3 individuals to go through this training program. Those selected to participate will be hired by Dartmouth-Hitchcock and be offered a comprehensive benefits package.  


To learn more about this program please join us at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Clinic 4B) on May 31st at 6:00pm. We will be hosting an information session where you will meet the staff, tour the clinic and learn more about this training and employment opportunity. To register to attend please e-mail Jenn.Locke@hitchcock.org.


Application Process:


Visit the D-H Workforce Readiness Institute website to obtain the OA Program Application


Submit the following to Jenn.Locke@hitchcock.org by June 15, 2018:

  • Completed OA Program Application Form
  • Resume
  • Two professional letters of reference


Program Timeline:


Program Info session

May 31st at   6:oopm at DHMC, Clinic 4B

Interviews & Final   Selection

Select candidates will be   invited to participate in an in-person interview at DHMC between June 1st   and June 21st.

Final Selection &   Candidate Notification

June 22nd

Classroom/Skills Training  

July 30th   through October 26th

First Day of Work as a OA

October 29th!