Ophthalmic Medical Technician

The Ophthalmic Medical Technician program provides education and training that will prepare students for entry into the field of ophthalmic technology. Graduates of the Ophthalmic Medical Technician program assist ophthalmologists by screening patients and assisting with clinical, surgical, and laser procedures.

The Ophthalmic Medical Technician program is a 60-credit online and hybrid program with clinical rotations near the student’s home location. In four semesters, students will obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree and will be prepared to enter the work force as a valuable member of the eye care team.

There are three levels of ophthalmic technicians in the profession: entry (assistant); intermediate (technician); and advanced (technologist). Alexandria College‘s educational and training program is at the intermediate level. The program will begin the process of earning accreditation and, when accredited, its graduates will be eligible to obtain their Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) certification by following the guidelines set forth by the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO®).

A COT works under the direction of an ophthalmologist and performs eye tests, measurements, and procedures, administers ophthalmic medications, and collects medical information for interpretation by the ophthalmologist. COTs have a broad range of ophthalmic knowledge and skills useful for clinic and surgery. Assisting patients to regain and maintain their gift of sight is a rewarding career. The following video further explains the role of a Certified Ophthalmic Technician.

Video created by the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) and the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO).