Ophthalmic Technician Program

The Ophthalmic Technician Program will be available to students this upcoming July 2021


The Ophthalmic Technician Program has two options:

1) Evening, Part Time: January — July, 6 months

A modular course that’s available for students who are already employed and are current Certified Ophthalmic Assistants. The course focuses more on workshops and advanced educational material to prepare students for the practical/written COT exam. This program will meet once a week (day and dates are TBD).  No college credit is awarded, this is a Certificate from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

2) Day, Full-time: 12 months starting in July

Academic and Clinical Program for Ophthalmic Technicians

The most comprehensive option is the 12 months, full-time, certificate program under the Georgetown University School of Medicine. The course begins with lecture sessions and quickly encompasses supervised clinical experience. Students typically attend lecture 1-2 days per week and 3-4 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 advance instruction and training in patient evaluation and work-up for pre-screening examinations (including practical skills and instrumentation), medical sciences of ophthalmology (including pharmacology, microbioloy, surgical assisting), ophthalmic patient services and education, general medical knowledge, corrective lenses, ophthalmic imaging, and office responsibilities. This rigorous and advanced Training Program is continuous for 12 months.