The program combines classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences.
Clinical practicum experiences are provided at area ophthalmologists’ offices.
Note: Students shall not receive compensation/payment, monetary or otherwise, from the practicum site.
Stark State College will be applying for accreditation through COA-OMP (Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs).
One-year certificate or associate degree:
- Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
- B or higher in MTH091 and MTH092
- Required placement score or IDS102
- Required placement score or ENG011
- Background check
Career enhancement certificate:
- Completion of employment verification form documenting required work experience. Above mentioned application criteria are not required.
- Apply to Stark State College.
- Meet with an admissions counselor.
- Obtain the appropriate Ophthalmic Technology checklist/application from the website.
- Complete required background checks. Contact Stark State College’s Security Office for an appointment.
- Complete the above course/placement and GPA requirements.
- Meet with the program coordinator for acceptance into the program. Completed application and background eligibility e-mail notification must be brought to the appointment if applying for the one-year certificate or associate degree. For career enhancement certificate acceptance, bring the completed application and employment verification form.
- Students must maintain a “C” or better in all courses in the curriculum (technical and nontechnical).
- Students may not be able to be placed at clinical sites or find employment if they have a positive background check. See Health and Public Services criminal background check information for a list of potential disqualifying offenses.
- It is not recommended to work full-time while in the program. Students must be able to maintain flexible hours.
Classes and laboratories are primarily scheduled in the evening. However, clinical practicums are scheduled 2 to 3 days per week during the day.