Ophthalmic technology program information | Stark State College - North Canton, Ohio
Ophthalmic Technology

Ophthalmic technology program information

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. The application criteria mentioned above 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’s Security Office for an appointment
  • Complete the course/placement and GPA requirements above
  • 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.
  • You must maintain a “C” or better in all courses in the curriculum (technical and nontechnical)
  • Your background check may prevent you from being placed at clinical sites or finding employment; see Health and Public Services criminal background check information for a list of potential disqualifying offenses
  • Because you must be able to maintain flexible hours, working full-time while in the program is not recommended
  • Classes and laboratories are primarily scheduled in the evening; clinical practicums, however, are scheduled two to three days per week during the day.
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