Ophthalmic Technician Program

12 month Clinical Ophthalmic Technician Application (new window).

Full time course for students new to the field of ophthalmology.

Classes start each July. Application deadline is May 31 with rolling admissions and late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

6 month, Evening, Modular Ophthalmic Technician Application (new window).

Part time, once a week, evening course for current certified ophthalmic assistants preparing for ophthalmic technician certification.

Classes start each January. Application deadline is November 30 with rolling admissions and late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

The Ophthalmic Technician Program has two options:

1) Full-time: 12 months starting each July

For students new the field of ophthalmology, this is the most comprehensive program under the Georgetown University School of Medicine. The course begins with lecture sessions and quickly encompasses supervised clinical experience. Students typically attend lecture one evening week and 4-5 clinical days per week. This rigorous and advanced Training Program is continuous for 12 months. The program combines classroom instruction with clinical rotations at ophthalmology clinics in and around Washington, D.C. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible for the  IJCAHPO Core Certification of Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT®) (Intermediate Level). No college credit is awarded, this is a Certificate from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Students in the program receive advanced instruction and training in patient evaluation and work-up for pre-screening examinations (including practical skills and instrumentation), medical sciences of ophthalmology including pharmacology, microbiology, surgical assisting, ophthalmic patient services and education, general medical knowledge, corrective lenses, ophthalmic imaging, and office responsibilities.

2) Evening, Part Time: 6 months starting each January

A modular course that is available for students who are already employed and are current Certified Ophthalmic Assistants. The course focuses on workshops and advanced educational material to prepare students for the next level of certification. This program will meet one evening a week. No college credit is awarded and certification is not automatically earned but after completion of the course, students may take the national certification examination through IJCAHPO (www.jcahpo.org). Students must check their eligibility with IJCAHPO before enrolling.

Course details including tuition information are available in the application. Apply now or contact us for more information!