Associate in Science
This is a Limited Access program.
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 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:
- Obtaining an ocular and medical history
- Testing ocular functions, including visual acuity, ocular motility, pupillary function, tonometry and visual fields.
- Determining lens combinations for optimal visual performance at distance and for reading.
- Taking anatomical measurements of the eye and surrounding tissue.
- Administering advanced ocular motility and binocular function tests.
- Performing advanced visual system tests including color vision, tear film quality and contrast sensitivity.
- Performing computerized diagnostic tests, including visual field analysis, optical coherence tomography, and optic nerve analysis.
- Performing ophthalmic clinical photography, including external, anterior segment and fundus photography.
- Assisting in fluorescein photography.
- Assisting in the fitting of contact lenses.
- Instructing the patient in use and care of contact lenses.
- Performing ophthalmic biometry and intraocular lens calculations.
- Administering topical ophthalmic medications.
- Caring for and maintaining ophthalmic instruments and equipment.
- Caring for and maintaining and sterilizing ophthalmic and general surgical instruments.
- Assisting in ophthalmic surgery in the office, hospital or ambulatory surgical center setting.
- 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.
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.
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.
The application deadline is May 15 each year with classes starting in Fall term.
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Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology