Students will learn all about ophthalmology

OLMITO — It’s a new look at the medical field.

High school students at the South Texas Academy for Medical Professions have already been learning about patient care for quite some time.

They’ve been studying pharmacy and nursing, and they’ve learned how to draw blood. They’ve earned certifications as EMTs and medical assistants.

Now they’ll get a look at the eye.

The school, also known as Medical Academy, will begin offering a course this year for ophthalmic assistant certification.

The school will be one of the only, if not the only, high schools to offer such training.

“We are really excited to offer this course,” said Eduardo Rios who is working on the curriculum he’ll teach when school begins this fall.

The Medical Academy, one of six campuses in the South Texas Independent School District, came up with the idea for an ophthalmic assistant course last fall.

A student group from the Medical Academy attended an event focusing on diabetes. Complications from diabetes include damage to the eyes.

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