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Ophthalmic Technician Program

Students earning the Ophthalmic Technician Associate in Applied Science degree will continue on their career path after completing the Eye Care Assistant prerequisite courses and gain skills for intermediate-level positions as ophthalmology and optometric assistants under the supervision of licensed eye care professionals.

Students expand on their eye care assistant knowledge through a variety of ophthalmic technician courses and learn about clinical optics, biometry and systemic diseases. 

The Ophthalmic Technician degree program is a two-year program. After earning the Eye Care Assistant certificate, many students continue their education to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Ophthalmic Technology. Upon graduation, students sit for the Certified Ophthalmic technician (COT) exam.

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Determine Your Path

Students graduate feeling prepared to work as intermediate level technicians and under the direction of an ophthalmologist or optometrist in various clinical settings including private, group and hospital ophthalmology departments. 

As an ophthalmic technician student at COD, you'll find:

  • Small class sizes that ensure students receive personalized attention.
  • Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience.
  • Hands-on laboratory and clinical instruction.
  • Program accreditation from the International Council of Accreditation (ICA) for Allied Ophthalmic Education Programs.

Ophthalmic Technician, Associate in Applied Science

The Ophthalmic Technician degree program prepares the student to be an integral member of the eye care team.

Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the Ophthalmic Technician program is to read the Ophthalmic Technician Registration Packet. The packet contains an admission checklist that you will need to follow in order to be eligible for admission.

Program Costs

Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

The Mission of the Ophthalmic Technician Program is to:

  • To demonstrate reliability, self-discipline, cooperativeness, and professional deportment and demeanor in all activities related to Eye Care
  • To help students in developing life skills of critical thinking. effective communication, professional behaviors, as well as demonstrate safe & ethical practices
  • Provide curriculum that is built around the Accreditation standards as well as enriching learning experiences for the students.
  • Helping create professionals who are trained to preserve eye health by being a vital team member of the growing and in demand Eye Care field
  • To provide a Hybrid learning structure for students to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, which will prepare graduates to take the certification exam and to meet the needs of the community, as determined by the needs assessment which provided the basis for this program's establishment
  • To collaborate with student support services to market the profession of Eye Care and Ophthalmology, and advise potential program applicants, orient ECA Program and Ophthalmic Technician students to College services and provide special academic assistance where necessary

Upon completion of the Ophthalmic Tech Program, the graduate should be able to:

  • To demonstrate and be skilled in diagnostic testing as required by the standards and guidelines of JCAHPO and CoA-OMP
  • To assist the ophthalmologist & optometrist by performing delegable tasks
  • Collecting data, administering treatment, assisting in ophthalmic surgical procedures, and supervising patients in a safe and effective manner deemed appropriate according to the training level and may be delegated by a supervising ophthalmologist as applicable by law
  • Become skilled professionals, qualified by didactic and clinical ophthalmic training, who perform ophthalmic procedures under the direction or supervision of a licensed ophthalmologist who is responsible for the performance of the ophthalmic medical technician
  • Render supportive services to the ophthalmologist, optometrist and management
  • Assist the physician by collecting data necessary to reach those decisions and by transmitting and executing the ophthalmologist's instructions
  • Have knowledge, problem-solving skills, psychomotor, behavioral, and clinical competencies as well as demonstrate clinical thinking
  • Skillfully and accurately perform the clinical diagnostic tests and patient services in conformation with the didactic curriculum
  • Relate tactfully and sympathetically to patients as adapt to patient's needs
  • Demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken communication skills with patients, families and staff
  • Demonstrate the ability to contribute to the profession and community

Eye Care Assistant and Ophthalmic Technician

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Students earning the Eye Care Assistant Certificate program at COD will gain the skills for entry-level positions as ophthalmic and optometric assistants.