​This certificate will provide students with the opportunity to become a valuable member of the health care team as an ophthalmic technician through our partnership with Regions Hospital/Health Partners - School of Medical Technology. The coursework meets the application requirements to apply for the Certified Ophthalmic Technician program. 



2018 - 2019

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:General Psychology      Goal Areas:05       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides an overview of topics in psychology. Topics may include history of psychology, research methods, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, personality, stress and coping, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program.
    General Psychology orView-PSYC 115005 3
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1160
    Course Title:Introduction to Psychology      Goal Areas:05       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course provides an in-depth introduction to psychology. Topics may include history of psychology; research methods; physiological psychology; sensation and perception; consciousness; learning; memory; cognition; motivation; emotion; personality; stress, health and coping; abnormal behavior, therapy; social psychology; human development; sexuality; and gender. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program.
    Introduction to PsychologyView-PSYC 116005 4
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1001
    Course Title:Biology I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course focuses on the concepts of biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, molecular genetics and heredity reproduction and development. The course is intended for allied health majors and others not requiring a majors-level introductory biology. High school algebra and chemistry are recommended. Prerequisite: ENGL 0990 or a score of 78 on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab).
    Biology IView-BIOL 100103 4
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1130
    Course Title:Elementary Statistics      Goal Areas:04       Credits:3

    Course Description:This is an introductory course in descriptive statistics, probability, random variables, and inferential statistics. Topics include exploratory data analysis, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, linear regression, basic probability, binomial and normal distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. Additional topics may include inferential procedures for two populations, analysis of variance and chi-squared tests.
    Elementary Statistics orView-MATH 113004 3
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:College Algebra      Goal Areas:04       Credits:3

    Course Description:This college-level course continues the study of algebra conducted in the developmental algebra courses. Topics include polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their applications. Additional topics include systems of non-linear equations, systems of linear equations, and matrices. Prerequisites: College math placement level or successful completion of Math 0970 or 0980 with grade of C or better
    College AlgebraView-MATH 115004 3
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:01,07       Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
    Principles of Interpersonal CommunicationView-COMM 111001,07 3
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1230
    Course Title:Medical Terminology I - Basics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course is designed to introduce students to the Greek and Latin derivatives used to form medical terminology. Students will learn how to build and analyze medical terms. Emphasis will be placed on proper spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation of medical terms. Other topics include: prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, introduction to basic biology, and introduction to body systems.
    Medical Terminology I - BasicsView-BIOL 1230n/a1
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1231
    Course Title:Medical Terminology II - Application      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course is a continuation of Biol 1230 Medical Terminology I - Basic. The focus is on applying proper medical terminology in reading medical reports, case histories and using the medical dictionary. Prerequisite: Biol 1230
    Medical Terminology II - ApplicationView-BIOL 1231n/a1
    Course Subject: HCCC         Course Number:1100
    Course Title:Health Care Core Complete Curriculum      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course includes all of the following courses: HCCC 1010-Awareness and Sensitivity to Client Needs, HCCC 1020-Behaviors for Success in Healthcare Settings, HCCC 1030-Managing Information in Healthcare Settings, HCCC 1040-Survey of Ethics in Healthcare Settings, HCCC 1050-Legal Issues in Healthcare, HCCC 1060-Respecting Client and Staff Diversity and HCCC 1070-Healthcare Safety and Standard Precautions. Together, the modules provide foundational concepts to prepare students to start on an educational pathway and an understanding of healthcare.
    Health Care Core Complete CurriculumView-HCCC 1100n/a4
                                   Total Credits Required19-20

  • Program Outcomes

    ​Essential Learning Outcomes – Pre-Ophthalmic Technician Certificate As noted; these will be addressed through the Pre-Ophthalmic Technician Certificate 

    Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World:

    • Through study in the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, the arts, technology and professions. 

    Intellectual and Practical Skills Including: 

    • Inquiry and analysis; Critical and creative thinking; Written and oral communication; Quantitative literacy; Information literacy; Teamwork and problem solving.

    Personal and Social Responsibility and Engagement Including: 

    • Civic knowledge and involvement— campus, local and global; Intercultural knowledge and competence; Ethical reasoning and action; Foundations and skills for lifelong learning. 

    Integrative and Applied Learning Including: 

    • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general education, liberal studies, specialized studies and activities in the broader campus community.

  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

  • Transfer Information

    If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:<br /> Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools<br /> 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400<br /> Chicago, IL 60602-2504<br /> 1-800-621-7440