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How can I become an Optometrists assistant Im already a medical

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How can I become an Optometrists assistant? I'm already a medical assistant but I have no training as a MA. I have been out of schhol for more than six years. Is there specific courses I have to take? Is it under the degree of a MA?
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Just as you were trained on the job to be an MA, optometrist's assistants typically also receive on the job training; however there are certifications in this field, and optometrists and ophthalmologists look more favorably upon those who have the formal training, to work in their offices.

Many vocational schools and community colleges offer programs in optometric assisting, and they typically take between six months and two years to complete, depending on which program you choose.

You can see an overview of some of the courses offered, below and also schools that have programs in this field.:

Because you already have experience as an MA, this should be helpful if you decide to pursue the field of optometric assisting.

I wish you much good luck in your future educational endeavors!

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