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CPC announces new certificate program

December 11, 2012

The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) launched its first in a series of specialized area of care assessment-based certificate programs. The programs is designed to help fill the need for qualified personnel trained with a multidisciplined set of competencies.

The certificates are non-degree granting programs that provide instruction and training to aid participants in acquiring knowledge, skills and competencies, and designate that participants have passed an end-of-program assessment.

In contrast to certification and licensure, an assessment-based certificate program is an educational or training program used to teach learning objectives and assess whether those objectives were achieved by the student.

The Optometric Administrative Assessment-Based Certificate Program is a comprehensive program designed to help optometric staff develop a solid foundation in managing an optometric practice. The program is intended to parallel the skills and knowledge required on the job. The program is ideal for practice managers, office administrators, front-office personnel, and support staff. The flexible program allows participants to work at their own pace. As certificate programs are different from certification programs, candidates do not earn a credential but rather a certificate of completion.

Certificate programs do not have any on-going requirements such as certification renewal.

The material is organized around fundamental duties and is divided into four self-contained units containing sections, quizzes, and unit glossaries. Some also include games and separate resource listings.

The following unit titles are available:

  • Financial Management and Professional Issues
  • Assisting Foundation
  • Human Resources and Time Management

For Paraoptometric Section members, the complete program is $189, including the assessment. For non-section members, the complete program is $229, and for multiple practice users, the additional assessments are just $75.
For more information, contact dmleuschke@aoa.org.

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