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Health Careers Education
Vision Care Practice - Introduction to the Back Office
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify safety and legal issues/concerns and medical terminology commonly used in the vision care office. Students will understand the use and maintenance of diagnostic equipment.
Lara Skaggs

Role of Vision Care Medical Personnel in the Ophthalmic Practice Setting

1. Identify distinction of allied health personnel.
2. Identify distinction of vision care medical personnel.
3. Demonstrate understanding of vision care certification requirements.
4. Identify the specialty areas available in vision care assisting.

Equipment in the Vision Care Practice Setting

1. Identify all hand held vision exam equipment.
2. Identify all automated vision exam equipment.
3. Identify all hand held vision care lab equipment.
4. Identify all automated vision care lab equipment.

Preliminary Examination

1. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of history taking.
2. Identify each component of preliminary examination.
3. Demonstrate understanding of proper patient communication.

Vision Exam, Professionalism and Documentation Skills
1. Identify the steps in the vision exam.
2. Identify the professionalism required to deal with a patient in the vision practice.
3. Identify and demonstrate the clear, concise documentation.
4. Identify the skills necessary to perform vision in the back office.

General Medical Knowledge, Infection Control, and Emergencies
1. Describe what constitutes emergency situations and identify appropriate actions for those situations.
2. Describe, identify and demonstrate how to use and maintain emergency equipment, & supplies.
3. Demonstrate how to implement emergency procedures and first aid.
4. Identify and demonstrate how to maintain control of emergency situations.
5. Identify and implement how to give reassurance, support and care for the patient.

Vision Care Medical Law, Medical Ethics, and Medical Economies

1. Demonstrate the ability and understanding to maintain medical confidentiality.
2. Demonstrate understanding of ethical and legal standards.
3. Identify all professional organizations in vision care.
4. Identify how to increase knowledge and skills in the profession.
5. Identify government regulations and demonstrate the ability to follow them.

Vision Care Medical Terminology

1. Demonstrate the ability to use medical terminology accurately.
2. Demonstrate the ability to build a professional vocabulary based on prefixes, suffixes, word roots and combined forms.
3. Demonstrate the ability to spell, define and pronounce medical terms.
4. Demonstrate the ability to use a medical dictionary.

Career Cluster Resources for Health Sciences

Vision Care Technician - CTTC

--aligns with the JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Assistant

Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in

Ophthalmic Medical Assistant: An Independent Study Course, 4th ed.

The Ophthalmic Assistant, 7th ed. Stein & Slatt
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Vision Care Assistant
Health Science Therapeutic Services Vision Care Certified Assistant
Health Science Therapeutic Services Vision Care Certified Technician
Health Science Therapeutic Services Vision Care Technician