Ophthalmic Medical Assistant

If you see yourself helping people care for their eyes, the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant technical diploma program is a clear choice. In just one year, this shared program with Lakeshore Technical College will prepare you to perform testing, assist patients with frames or contact lenses and process billing or insurance. Start the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program at Gateway to earn up to 9 credits toward the degree at Lakeshore under the shared agreement.

  • Earn your diploma in just three semesters from Lakeshore Technical College by attending courses on Gateway’s Racine Campus using Instructional Television with an instructor-led, hands-on lab.
  • Prepare for employment opportunities in a range of retail optical, private optometry vision clinics or other eye care services.
  • Gain clinical experience nearby by working with area optical clinics to secure hands-on experience in the field.
  • Attend core classes that fit your schedule. Flexible course scheduling allows you to only come to campus one or two days per week.
Program Credits



Racine Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $1,292
Books & Supplies: $578

Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Ophthalmic Medical Technician, Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician