Office Location
Health Technologies Center, Room 201-E, 2201 Hull Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone Number
Office Hours Monday - Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Department Chair: Terry Herring


Graduates may be eligible to sit for the OSA sub-specialty certification administered by the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).
Woodlane Drive
St. Paul, MN  55125

Admissions Process

  1. Complete FTCC Application Process
  2. The program is designed for a student to enter during the Fall semester.

Estimated Program Costs

Please note that all costs are estimates and subject to change.
Tuition is established by the State Board of Community Colleges and North Carolina General Assembly and is subject to change without notice.

What to Expect:

Course Work

This curriculum is designed to prepare qualified Ophthalmic Personnel with the educational preparation necessary to assume the role of the Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant. 

Individuals entering the certificate curriculum must currently be employed as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA).

Course Information

Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of ophthalmic surgical patients & develop the skills necessary to:
  • Prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments
  • Maintain aseptic conditions
  • Prepare patients for ophthalmic surgery
  • Assist Ophthalmologists during surgery

Career Paths

Graduates may be eligible to apply for the Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant national certification exam.  Employment opportunities include hospitals, clinics, and educational institutions.


Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Certificate  (C45880)

Program Length: 3 Semesters
Prerequisite: High School Graduate or GED, and currently employed as Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA), Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT), or Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)
Award: Certificate

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The Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Program is designed to meet the educational requirements for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) in North Carolina. Please see the disclosure chart for information regarding any certification in other states.