The Certified Ophthalmic Technician is the second core designation level confirming knowledge in 19 specific content areas specifically designed to test the Ophthalmic Technician program graduate, who intends to advance their career in the eye care field. In this 2 year program (eye care certificate program is year 1), students will be mastering the skills of the eye care assistant certificate (COA) program as well as the skills of the ophthalmic technician AAS (COT) degree program. Students can bypass the COA exam and take the COT exam upon graduation.
Demand and employment opportunities for certified ophthalmic technicians have been increasing due to the greater need of provision of eye care health. This role will prepare students to work as intermediate level technicians. Ophthalmic Technicians work under the direction of an ophthalmologist. They can work in various clinical settings including private, group and hospital ophthalmology departments. The individual will help the ophthalmologist or optometrist with intermediate level diagnostic and treatment oriented procedures.
The program was recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board and College of DuPage and will seek accreditation for the new certificate through the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).
Current students can sit for the national certifying exam administered by JCAHPO with permission from the ICA as the program is seeking accreditation. College of DuPage is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Information about a career as an Ophthalmic Technician is available at: www.jcahpo.org.