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Eye care students knock test scores out of the park
Press Release
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Students pass the Ophthalmic Scribe Certification with 100 percent passing rate

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College eye care students scored a 100 percent pass rate on the Ophthalmic Scribe Certification (OSC) exam with the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO).  

The OSC exam is designed to test a student on the knowledge of creating and maintaining patient medical records under the supervision of an ophthalmologist. These records include the documentation of a comprehensive patient history, physical examination, medications, lab results and other essential patient information. Debra Clarke, San Jacinto College eye care technology program director, said passing the OSC exam proves to a hiring physician or clinic that a graduate meets the requirements needed for inputting patient information into electronic health recording systems. 

“Eye physicians and surgeons need to see that graduates have this credentialing as a path toward certification as an ophthalmic technician,” said Clarke. “Passing the exam means our graduates are the newest Certified Allied Ophthalmic personnel to the eye care field.” 

The San Jacinto College eye care technology program is accredited by the International Council on Accreditation and is the only ophthalmic technician training program in Texas.  

For soon-to-be college graduate Beatriz Umana, having this certification puts her one step closer to her career goal.  

“It feels great to have this certification to help build my résumé before graduating from this program,” said Umana, who will graduate this spring. “The eye care program has been a great experience for me, preparing me for a field that is fascinating and rewarding.” 

The San Jacinto College eye care technology program offers an occupational certificate for optician training, a certificate of technology for para-optometric training or ophthalmic scribe training, and the associate of applied science degree for ophthalmic assistants or ophthalmic technicians. The program is designed to correlate classroom and laboratory experiences with clinical experience in eye care facilities.  

Graduates have a variety of career options to choose from that include clinical research technician, contact lens technician, field service technician, ophthalmic assistant, ophthalmic surgical assistant, ophthalmic technician, optician, optometric assisting and retinal photographer.

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 About San Jacinto College 

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. 

For more information about San Jacinto College call 281-998-6150, visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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