You may notice letters behind the names of some of our employees. Those letters indicate that they have taken and passed a certification examination demonstrating their knowledge in the optometric field. We believe that patient care is enhanced when our staff have a better understanding of the visual system as a whole. That is why we are committed to becoming 100% certified. The American Optometric Association describes certification below:
Paraoptometric certification is a program developed by a respected panel of American Optometric Association paraoptometrics and optometrists, created to encourage continuing education and knowledge as the field of optometric assisting grows.
The AOA offers four certified programs for optometric staff. Each program requires successful completion of an examination prepared and administered by the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) with the assistance of Professional Testing Corporation. The purpose of the examinations is to assure a level of knowledge to perform the functions necessary to each certified designation. Recipients must renew their certification every three years to remain current in their field.
The CPO, CPOA, and CPOT examinations are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA accreditation serves as a benchmark on how organizations should conduct certification and clearly distinguishes the excellence and value of CPC certification.
Certified Paraoptometric (CPO):
A CPO is a person who has attained national recognition via certification by demonstrating an understanding of the concepts used in optometric care. This is the first level of certification that a paraoptometric can obtain.
Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA):
A CPOA is a person who has attained national recognition via certification by demonstrating the ability to apply the concepts used in optometric care. This is the second level of certification that a paraoptometric can obtain and requires a much greater understanding of the visual system, ocular anatomy, and ocular physiology.
Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT):
A CPOT is a person who has attained national recognition via certification by demonstrating the ability to understand, apply, and interrelate the concepts used in optometric care. This is the highest level of certification that a paraoptometric can obtain. This requires an even greater understanding of the ocular systems.
Paraoptometric Coding Certification (CPOC):
A CPOC is a person who has attained national recognition via certification by demonstrating proficiency, expertise, and validating superior knowledge in an optometric coding environment.