Medical Assistant w/ Ophthalmic Technology

Ophthamology Technology Online Degree - Vatterott


Program Information

Entire Program Duration
16 months approx

How long is every course?
10 weeks

Theory & Associated Lab Work
74.50 Quarter Credit Hours

General Education
19.50 Quarter Credit Hours

Total Quarter Credit Hours

Class Schedule

Morning Classes
Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Classes
Monday through Thursday
1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Evening Classes
Monday through Thursday
6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

* Class hours are subject to change or vary based on student needs



Medical Assistant with Ophthalmic Technology

The Medical Assistant with Ophthalmic Technology program prepares individuals to pursue work in the area of support services under the supervision of a licensed physician specializing in ophthalmology. The curriculum will provide the students with the knowledge and skills to pursue work with ophthalmologists and their patients.

Courses & Descriptions

ME 105 – Medical Terminology

This course provides the student with an understanding of medical terminology, using textbooks, videos, and computer applications to understand the use of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. This course will also emphasize medical vocabulary as it applies to anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the human body.

ME 108 – Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding

This course will instruct the student in the process of basic medical coding utilizing ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS. Students will be instructed on how accurate coding leads to optimal reimbursement. The student will be able to code diagnostic procedures from case studies and reports.

ME 115 – Computer Applications for Healthcare

This course provides the student with an overview of the historical development of healthcare delivery systems, including concepts and theory related to point-of-care data entry and regulatory agencies and organizations related to the provision of healthcare. Students are introduced to Microsoft Office, using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Power Point. Students are also introduced to Medisoft software and Microsoft office concepts for use in the physician’s office environment.

ME 121 – Anatomy and Physiology

This course is designed to introduce the student to the structures and functions of the various systems of the body and how these systems maintain homeostasis. It will cover introductory terms, chemistry (brief), cells and tissues; and explain the systems from the integumentary to the reproductive. It will also introduce the student to the human body structures related to the cardiovascular and lymphatic system, digestive system, the eyes and ears, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, urinary system, the endocrine system and common physiological terms as well as associated pathological conditions. Also covered will be the importance of a good diet and nutrition, and how a poor diet and nutrition can affect the health of the body.

ME 125 – Clinical Medical Assisting

This course will train the student in basic clinical duties. Topics will include administration of injections, pre-physical exam preparation, instruments, minor surgery preparation, specialty procedure preparation, vital signs, and measurements. In addition, this course will include the importance of microbiology theory and infection control techniques within a clinic or lab .

Prerequisite ME 105

ME 140 – Pharmacology

This course will introduce the student to the clinical aspect of the administration, writing prescriptions and dispensing of drugs, as prescribed by the doctor, and the legal and ethical standards regarding these drugs. This course will include the explanation and demonstration of conversion between metric and household systems of measure; medication orders; medication labels, and calculations; of insulin and pediatric dosages.

Prerequisite ME 105

ME 150 – Medical Law and Ethics

This course provides a foundation for handling common legal & ethical challenges in everyday practice. Legal concepts and theories in this course include: international & quasi-international torts, professional liability insurance, and required documentation. Ethical components of the course include issues that a health care professional may face on the job. The course will also cover common areas of liability and litigation in different healthcare settings.

ME 155 – Laboratory Procedures

This course covers skills and knowledge required for medical assistants to identify and practice clinical and/or lab duties in a medical office. Topics include, but are not limited to: phlebotomy, clinical laboratory testing procedures; and electrocardiology. In addition, this course will cover the importance of microbiology theory and infection control techniques within a clinic or lab setting.

Prerequisite ME 105

ME 175 – Medical Office Procedures

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to perform administrative tasks in a medical office. Topics include, but are not limited to, receiving patients, scheduling appointments, patient triage, handling medical records, processing insurance claims, and an introduction to medical office management.

Prerequisite ME 105

ME 180 - Externship and Exam Preparation

This course will prepare the student for their externship experience. It will also culminate all of the learning that has been presented in the program to prepare students to understand employment opportunities and credentialing available to them, job responsibilities, and preparation to sit for one or more exams such as the RMA or the CMA.

Prerequisite ME 125 and ME 155

ME 190 - Medical Externship

Students will use the knowledge and skills learned in the program and complete a minimum of 240 hours of externship at an approved site.

Prerequisite ME 125 and ME 155

ME 201 - Ocular Anatomy & Physiology

This course is designed to take the student beyond basic Anatomy & Physiology into a more detailed aspect of the functions of the eye and how it interacts with other body systems.

Prerequisite(s): ME-121

ME 222 - Patient Education & Safety

This course covers the skills and knowledge required by the medical assistant to provide patient education and follow safety measures in the medical office environment.

Prerequisite(s): None

ME 240 - Intro to Ophthalmic Medical Assisting

This course is designed to take the student beyond basic Anatomy & Physiology into a more detailed aspect of the functions of the eye and how it interacts with other body systems.

Prerequisite(s): None

ME 241 - Ophthalmic Optics & Refractory

This course will expose students to the machines specific to an ophthalmic clinic or office and how to use and maintain that machinery.

Prerequisite(s): None

ME 242 - Intro to Diseases of the Eye

This course is designed to instruct students on the diseases that are specific to the eye and the course of treatment for those diseases.

Prerequisite(s): None

ME 243 - Basic Ophthalmic Pharmacology

Students will be introduced to the specific medications that are used for the care of the ophthalmic system.

Prerequisite(s): ME-140

ME 256 - Ophthalmic Capstone

Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned over the course of this program. They will take field trips to clinic locations to shadow and experience real world applications of the skills that they have learned in the program. There will be required to pass a comprehensive exam which covers the knowledge and skills in the program.

Prerequisite(s): ME-201 & ME-241

GE-105: Introduction To Psychology

This psychology course is provides a foundation to understand human behavior. Course covers theories and concepts including: scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

GE-114: Technical Mathematics

This course provides an introduction to basic mathematical operations and functions as they apply to the workplace. The course starts with a review of numbers, their systems, forms, and operations. It then introduces basic algebraic concepts including solving systems of one and two variables, simplifying equations, and practical applications of basic technical formulas. Also included are basic geometric forms and relationships. The course’s emphasis is on providing students with a practical and useful working knowledge of these concepts for use in the rest of their program as well as on the job.

GE-101: English Composition I

In this English Composition I course, students develop written communication skills. The course materials place an emphasis on the principles of communication which includes understanding the writing process and analysis of readings, as can be applied personally and professionally. This is an intensive review of the English language and its use in college-level writing, including written discourse, sentence structure, paragraph development, essay organization, all in concert with critical thinking processes.

GE 123 – Interpersonal Communications in Healthcare

This course will introduce students to the different types of communication needed in healthcare facilities. Topics to be covered include: written communication, body language, verbal and non-verbal communication; the role of culture in communication; human relations; clinical judgment; and the use of electronic media in the healthcare setting. The course will emphasize the importance of excellent customer service.

GE 205 – College Algebra

This college algebra course focuses on algebraic concepts essential for success in the workplace and other courses. Using practical examples and applications, students practice fundamental operations with number systems, formulas, algebraic expressions and linear equations. This course also explores problems involving factoring, inequalities, exponents, radicals, functions, quadratic equations and graphs.

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Institution Information

Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc.
12900 Maurer Industrial Dr.
St. Louis, Missouri 63127


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