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  Sep 26, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog [Aug. 2017-Aug. 2018] 
  
2017-2018 Catalog [Aug. 2017-Aug. 2018]

Ophthalmic Technician (2180) (A.S.)


Associate in Science

This is a Limited Access program.

Mission/Purpose

The mission of the A.S. Ophthalmic Technician is to create competent, ethical, confident entry-level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory and supportive learning environment.

The Program

The ophthalmic medical professional (OMP) is a skilled person, qualified by didactic and clinical ophthalmic training, who performs ophthalmic skills under the direction or supervision of a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery, and qualified in medical and surgical ophthalmology.

The function of the OMP is to assist in the care of the ophthalmic patient by obtaining subjective and objective information from the patient and to assist the ophthalmologist in medical and surgical treatment of the ophthalmic patient. 

Duties that may be performed by an ophthalmic allied health professional include:

  1. Obtaining an ocular and medical history
  2. Testing ocular functions, including visual acuity, ocular motility, pupillary function, tonometry and visual fields.
  3. Determining lens combinations for optimal visual performance at distance and for reading.
  4. Taking anatomical measurements of the eye and surrounding tissue.
  5. Administering advanced ocular motility and binocular function tests.
  6. Performing advanced visual system tests including color vision, tear film quality and contrast sensitivity.
  7. Performing computerized diagnostic tests, including visual field analysis, optical coherence tomography, and optic nerve analysis.
  8. Performing ophthalmic clinical photography, including external, anterior segment and fundus photography.
  9. Assisting in fluorescein photography.
  10. Assisting in the fitting of contact lenses.
  11. Instructing the patient in use and care of contact lenses.
  12. Performing ophthalmic biometry and intraocular lens calculations.
  13. Administering topical ophthalmic medications.
  14. Caring for and maintaining ophthalmic instruments and equipment.
  15. Caring for and maintaining and sterilizing ophthalmic and general surgical instruments.
  16. Assisting in ophthalmic surgery in the office, hospital or ambulatory surgical center setting.
  17. Providing supervision and instruction of other ophthalmic personnel and patients.

Ophthalmic allied health professionals supply important information to the physician who is assessing the patient and assist in areas such as surgery and patient education/compliance; they are not independent practitioners and do not diagnose or treat eye disorders, nor do they prescribe medications or optical correction.

The goal of this A.S. degree is to produce competent entry-level  health-care practitioners in the eye care field in a positive and supportive learning environment. 

This program is limited access and requires a separate application. Specific information on program admission requirements, application and costs can be obtained from the program director for the Ophthalmic Technician program, North Campus. Students must complete the required prerequisite courses prior to acceptance into this program.

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional core courses.

Career Opportunities

According to the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, ophthalmic medical personnel are in high demand. This demand is due to technological advances in vision care and an aging population with many vision care needs.

Accreditation

The Ophthalmic Technician program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP).

Certification and Licensing

The Ophthalmic Technician Program requires each Ophthalmic Technician Student to take the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) Ophthalmic Technician Certifying Examination (COT) as a requirement for graduation. 

Application Deadline

The application deadline is May 15 each year with classes starting in Fall term.

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Call (904) 646-2300

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Recommended Roadmap for this Program  
Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology

Prerequisites


The following courses must be completed prior to acceptance into the Ophthalmic Technician program.  All General Education and Professional Courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Curriculum


General Education

Credit Hours: 16

Professional Courses

Credit Hours: 56
A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in all Professional Core courses.

Total Credit Hours: 72

Note


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, fingerprinting and background check, drug testing, and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student's responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program's published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded the Associate in Science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit by portfolio development do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Earned a grade of a "C" or better in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a "C" or better requirement.
  7. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.

 Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under the (2017/2018) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2017/2018 academic year.  The student's assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or co-requisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  4. Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of "C" or better regardless of program of study.

Articulation


This A.S. degree program articulates into a bachelor's degree program. For more information, please visit the Transfer Services Web page and look for your A.S. program of study.

University Transfer


This Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.