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.

Graduates will be eligible to take the Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) credentialing exam. In contrast, entry-level positions in this field are called Certified Ophthalmic Assistants (COA). COTs have more responsibilities than COAs. Assistants typically collect patient information, update medical records, and perform administrative office tasks. Technicians can do all of that plus more specialized tasks like explaining procedures, tests, and treatments to patients and performing a wide variety of tests and measurements. COTs can also assist ophthalmologists during surgeries and other procedures.

This is a high wage, high skill career in which there are many opportunities for advancement.