Ophthalmic Technology

Ophthalmic technology is a rapidly expanding field with a growing demand for qualified assistants and technicians.  Ophthalmic assistants and technicians work under the direct supervision of an ophthalmologist who treats disorders and diseases of the eye.

Ophthalmic assistants take medical histories, perform basic procedures and testing, and prepare patients to see the physician.

Ophthalmic technicians provide intermediate level services such as patient histories, visual acuity measurement, visual field testing, refractometry, contact lenses, instrument maintenance, and assisting the doctor with minor eye surgery.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101
Student Success Seminar
OPH100
Introduction to Ophthalmology
Profession
OPH101
Ophthalmic Procedures I
OPH102
Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
BIO101
Intro to Anatomy & Physiology
BIO125
Medical Terminology
OPH103
Ophthalmic Procedure II
OPH104
Ophthalmic Practicum I
OPH105
Ocular Diseases
OPH106
Ocular Pharmacology
MTH105
Math for Allied Health
OPH107
Ophthalmology Practicum II
PSY121
General Psychology
COM122
Interpersonal Communications
OPH200
Ophthalmic Procedures III
OPH201
Ophthalmology Practicum III
ENG124
College Composition
BIO123
Principles of Human Structure
and Function (lab)
OPH202
Ophthalmic Procedures IV
OPH203
Ophthalmology Practicum IV
MAT124
Medical Law and Ethics
ITD122
Computer Applications for Professionals

TOTAL CREDITS 64

  • Ophthalmologists’ offices and clinics

After completing a one-year certificate, students are eligible to take the national credentialing exam to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA).

Students who complete the associate degree in ophthalmic technology are eligible to sit for the Certified Ophthalmic Technician credentialing exam (COT).

For more information regarding credentialing, see www.jchapo.org.

Two career enhancement certificates are available to students already working in the field, but are not credentialed.  The career enhancement certificates provide the didactic information that will aid in passing the credentialing exams for either COA or COT credentialing.  These students do not need clinical experience.  Students must be currently working in the field of ophthalmology or have 6 months previous experience to apply.