Top DOA (Diploma in Ophthalmic Assistant) Colleges in Kerala 2022

Have you passed 12th standard? Do you want to build a decent career in allied healthcare sector? If yes, this post will be of help to you. Here, I’ve compiled a list of top DOA (Diploma in Ophthalmic Assistant) colleges in Kerala.

DOA Colleges Kerala

In this post, readers will find the following details – list of best DOA (Diploma in Ophthalmic Assistant) colleges in Kerala, their address, contact number, admission process, fees and admission process. Apart from college-related information, I’ve also covered course-related data such as – course duration, eligibility criteria, syllabus etc.


This post has been crafted keeping the needs of paramedical education aspirants in mind. Information provided in this post will help them choose a good DOA college. Come, let us check out the list of colleges now. Here it is –


Top DOA (Diploma in Ophthalmic Assistant) Colleges in Kerala 2022

  1. Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
    • Type of college: Government
    • Address: Ulloor Akkulam Road, Near SAT Hospital, Medical College Junction, Chalakkuzhi, Thiruvananthapuram
    • Contact number: 04712443095
  2. Government Medical College, Alappuzha
    • Type of college: Government
    • Address: Vandanam, Ambalappuzha, NH 66, Alappuzha
    • Contact number: 04772382611
  3. Government Medical College, Kottayam
    • Type of college: Government
    • Address: Gandhi Nagar, Kottayam
    • Contact number: 04812597284
  4. Government Medical College, Thrissur
    • Type of college: Government
    • Address: MG Kavu, Thrissur
    • Contact number: 04872201355
  5. Government Medical College, Kozhikode
    • Type of college: Government
    • Address: Medical College Junction, 17, Mavoor Road, Near Police Station, Kozhikode
    • Contact number: 04952355331
  6. Priyadarshini Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Medical College Campus, Thiruvananthapuram
    • Type of college: Government
    • Address: Medical College Campus, Thiruvananthapuram
    • Contact number: 04712528538
  7. Aradhana Eye Institute, Thiruvananthapuram
    • Type of college: Private
    • Address: Ganga Nagar, Near Kuriathy LPS, Manacaud, Thiruvananthapuram
    • Contact number: 9995650426
  8. Chaithanya Eye Hospital and Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram
    • Type of college: Private
    • Address: Thiruvananthapuram
    • Contact number: 04712447183
  9. Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Kannur Medical College, Kannur
    • Type of college: Private
    • Address: Kannur Medical College, Anjarakandy, Kannur
    • Contact number: 04972855010
  10. Medical Trust Institute of Medical Sciences, MG Road, Kochi
    • Type of college: Private
    • Address: Medical Trust Hospital, MG Road, Kochi
    • Contact number: 04842358001
  11. Dr Somervel Memorial CSI Medical College and Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram
    • Type of college: Private
    • Address: Parassala Vellarada Road, Karakkonam, Thiruvananthapura, Kerala
    • Contact number: 04712252451
  12. National Institute of Health Sciences, KMCT Hospital Building, Kozhikode
    • Type of college: Private
    • Address: KMCT Medical College Campus, Manassery, Mukkam, Kozhikode, Kerala
    • Contact number: 04954077555
  13. AKG Cooperative Institute of Health Sciences, Kannur
    • Type of college: Private
    • Address: Mavilayi, Kannur
    • Contact number: 04972826420
  14. Ahalia School of Optometry, Palakkad
    • Type of college: Private
    • Address: Ahalya Campus, Palakkad
    • Contact number: 04923225000


The list contains the names of both government and private paramedical institutes. Readers may go through the entire list and choose a good institute. The list has not been ranked in any order (ascending or descending).


What is DOA course all about? What is it like to pursue this course? What is the course content like? Am I eligible to pursue this course? You will find answers to these questions in the next section –


DOA Course Details

DOA stands for Diploma in Ophthalmic Assistant. This course is also known as DOT (Diploma in Ophthalmic Technology). Though the course names are different, they share the same course content (almost).


DOA is a diploma paramedical course. As the name suggests, this course deals with ophthalmology branch of medical science. This branch of medical science deals with conditions of the eye.


An ophthalmic assistant works under the supervision of a qualified ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist is an eye specialist. An ophthalmologist possesses valid degree – like MD – in ophthalmology.


An ophthalmic assistant or technician works under the guidance or supervision of an ophthalmologist. An ophthalmic assistant’s main task is to assist an ophthalmologist.


The assistant’s job comprises of activities such as – maintaining patient records, patient education, patient preparation, taking ocular measurements, operating relevant equipment etc. In order to perform these tasks, an ophthalmic assistant is trained in areas such as – basics of eye care, conditions of the eye, glasses & contact lenses, ocular measurement, operating optometry equipment, ocular anatomy etc.


DOA course deals with the above mentioned topics. The course trains students and turns them into skilled ophthalmic assistants/technicians. After completing this course, you will be able to work under a qualified ophthalmologist.


Eligibility criteria

Minimum educational qualification required to pursue DOA course is – Passed 12th Science with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects.



DOA course is two years long.



Here are some of the main subjects present in the curriculum –

  • Ocular physiology
  • Ocular anatomy
  • Visual optics
  • Optometry instruments
  • Ocular diseases
  • Pathology
  • Microbiology


Admission process

Admission process may vary from one institute to another. Reputed institutes are known to conduct merit based admission process. When it comes to this (merit based admission) process, marks secured by a candidate in PCB subjects are taken into consideration. A merit list is formed on the basis of marks secured by applicants. Seats are allotted among eligible and deserving candidates on the basis of their performance in the merit list.


However, admission process may vary from one institute to another. For example – some private paramedical colleges are known to conduct direct and/or donation-based admission process.



Tuition fees depends upon factors such as – type of the college, scholarship status of the candidate, rating of the college etc. On an average, the tuition fees could be anywhere between 10-20K INR per year.


Career prospects

After completing DOA course, a candidate may find an entry level job at the following establishments – hospitals (ophthalmology department), multi-specialty hospitals (ophthalmology department) and eye care clinics/centers/hospitals.

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