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JCAHPO taps Pearson VUE to offer simulated exams


The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) and Pearson VUE partner to provide ophthalmic medical techs access to simulated exams.

Bloomington, MN-The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) and Pearson VUE have entered into an agreement to provide ophthalmic medical technicians access to computer-based multiple-choice and simulated exams.

The multiple-choice exams are available at Pearson Professional Centers and Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center Selects in the United States and Canada. The first simulated exam-the certified ophthalmic technician exam-is scheduled to launch in September. The new certified ophthalmic medical technologist exam is scheduled to go live for the first time in a test center in early 2013.

Both exams feature external “flash” items, allowing professionals to simulate use of the equipment required to evaluate a patient’s eyesight. These performance examinations eliminate the need and cost of using physical ophthalmology equipment in a clinical observation examination.

The JCAHPO said the move from its previous computer-based testing provider gives greater access to candidates who pursue certification worldwide by demonstrating their knowledge and skills relating to ophthalmic processes and procedures. Pearson VUE delivers more than 100 medical exam programs worldwide.

“We transitioned to Pearson VUE primarily because of its technology, such as its ability to handle advanced items types and simulations,” said Tyree Carr, MD, JCAHPO president. “We believe its service, industry status, and history of helping programs to expand internationally will enable us to provide candidates with the very best test experience.”

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