How is the program designed?
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.
Is the program accredited?
Stark State College will be applying for accreditation through COA-OMP (Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs).
What are the eligibility requirements to apply to an ophthalmic technology program?
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.
How do I apply to the program?
- 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.
What are some important things I should know?
- 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.