Ophthalmic Medical Technician

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians are optical professionals that assist ophthalmologists in medical offices and/or hospitals. They perform many skilled testing procedures that are part of a complete eye exam, including history taking, refractometry (for vision correction), tonometry (for glaucoma detection) and visual field testing. Sometimes they have more specialized duties, such as contact lens fitting, or assisting in surgery.   Apply & Register Program Details

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians are optical professionals that assist ophthalmologists in medical offices and/or hospitals. They perform many skilled testing procedures that are part of a complete eye exam, including history taking, refractometry (for vision correction), tonometry (for glaucoma detection) and visual field testing. Sometimes they have more specialized duties, such as contact lens fitting, or assisting in surgery.

 


Area of Interest:
Health and Wellness
Degree/Certificate:
Certificate of Achievement
Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
BIO-103 Human Biology 3
OMT-101 Medical History Taking 1
OMT-103 Ophthalmic Optics 4
OMT-104 Clinical Procedures I 3
OPH-130 Anatomy of the Eye 3
    14
Winter Intersession
HPE-181 Basic Life Support “C” - AHA or  
HPE-180 Community CPR/ARC 1
    1
Code Course Credits
Second Semester
OMT-201 Ocular Pharmacology 1
OMT-203 Clinical Rotation I 3
OMT-204 Clinical Procedures II 3
OPH-131 Introduction to Contact Lenses 3
PSY-101 Basic Psychology 3
    13
Third Semester
OMT-213 Clinical Rotation II 4
    4
  Total Minimum Credits 32
NOTICE: Clinical placements are a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation. Clinical placements may require a criminal background check, health clearance and/or drug testing before participation is allowed. Clinical sites may deny a student’s participation in the event of a positive finding. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing body.

Program Goals

  • To provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to
    successfully complete the national certification by the Joint
    Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
    (JCAHPO) at the Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) level.
  • To prepare students for entry-level employment as
    ophthalmic medical technicians.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Relate eye disorders to relevant ocular anatomy and
    physiology.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in medical history taking.
  3. Display competency in ophthalmic testing procedures and
    instrument use.
  4. Apply principles of optics to clinical situations.
  5. Design contact lenses for patients.

Program Information

The program is twelve months long, running from September to August.
All optical classes are held ONLY on Fridays and Saturdays in the Fall semester, and ONLY on Friday in the Spring.
This allows students to continue working regular jobs while attending, as well as cutting down on travel and
childcare. Clinical rotations are done in ophthalmology offices near you; 410 hours in the spring and 550 hours in the
summer, finishing in late August.

Employment Opportunities

  • Ophthalmology offices
  • Eye clinics
  • Hospital ophthalmic clinics/offices
  • Universities
  • Contact lens practices

Special Program Requirements

  • The program has an open enrollment policy; however, any
    applicant who does not have college-level mathematics
    or English must achieve satisfactory scores on the College
    Placement Test.
  • Due to the sequential nature of the optical courses, admission
    is usually limited to September.
  • A maximum of 18 students per year are admitted into the
    Ophthalmic Medical Technician program.

Contact Person

Jessica M. Barr, COMT, ROUB, Ophthalmic Medical Technician Coordinator
jmbarr@faculty.camdencc.edu

Daniel G. Banks, Ophthalmic Science Technology Coordinator
(856) 374-5058
dbanks@camdencc.edu

Additional information

CIP Code

51.1803

Program Code

OMT.CA