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. 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.