Allied Ophthalmic Personnel Training


Now Accepting Applications for Evening COA course starting in July!

The GU OMPTP CE course held on April 18th will be postponed until further notice!

Now Accepting Online Ophthalmic Scribe Course Applications!


COMING SOON!

Certified Ophthalmic Technician Program (COT)

Prospective Students

Now Accepting Applications!

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • May 15, 2020- Evening 6 month Introduction to Ophthalmic Medical Assisting (COA level) Instruction
  • September 30, 2020- Daytime 6 month Introduction to Ophthalmic Medical Assisting (COA level) Instruction
  • We cannot accept international applicants at this time.

Completed Applications past the deadlines will be reviewed on a case by case basis as space allows. Late applications are subjected to an additional late fee.

Contact us for any questions.

The Georgetown University Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Training Program (OMPTP) is designed to prepare students for a career assisting ophthalmologists (medical eye doctors and surgeons), and to enhance the knowledge and skills of those already employed in the field of ophthalmic medical assisting.

Learn more about this amazing career from There is a Career In Sight for You, a video from JCAHPO.org. 

Georgetown’s OMPTP Certificate prepares students to enter the Ophthalmic Technician and Technologist fields (U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics SOC code 29-2057)

Upon graduation from the program and completion of the required clinical hours, students are immediately eligible for employment with individual or group private offices or, hospital ophthalmology practices. Dependent upon the student’s background prior to entering our course they may be eligible for employment with ophthalmic research opportunities, pharmaceutical companies or ophthalmic diagnostic instrumentation.

Program Contact Information

For more information on the training programs, please contact:

Phone: 202-444-4862
Fax: 202-444-1417
Medical Director: Jay Lustbader, M.D.
Program Director:  Josh Albowicz, COA      
Associate Director: Teresa E. Narayan, OD, M.S.  

Contact the program by email:  eyetechtraining@georgetown.edu


Description of Ophthalmic Training Programs – Allied Health

The Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Training Program (OMPTP) has two training options.

1) Evening, Part Time: July – December, 6 months

Part-time:  lectures & workshop for training Ophthalmic Assistants

A modular course is available for students who are already employed and who wish to increase their knowledge about ophthalmic assisting. There is available optional clinical time for an additional fee. This program currently meets once a week, each Tuesday (5:30 to 9 p.m.) from July through December.  No college credit is awarded, this is a Certificate from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Applications should be submitted by May 15th, 2020.

2) Day-Time, Part Time: January – June, 6 months

Part-time:  lectures & workshop for training Ophthalmic Assistants.  Optional Clinical-add on available.

A modular course is available for students who have no prior experience who wish to enter the field of ophthalmic assisting. There is available optional clinical time for an additional fee. This program currently meets once a week, each Monday (9 am to 12:30 p.m.) from January 2021 through June 2021.  No college credit is awarded, this is a Certificate from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Applications should be submitted by September 30th, 2020.


Admission Requirements for OMPTP

Official documentation of all prior educational experience is required.  Applicants must have completed high school or passed high school equivalency test. 

Students must be able to speak, understand, read and write English. English language requirements contact eyetechtraining@georgetown.edu . 

Interested applicants may call the program director’s office at 202-444-4862 to request an application packet.  Application & information packets are available here:


After Graduation from OMPTP

Upon graduation from the Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Training Program (OMPTP), students are immediately eligible for employment with individual and group ophthalmology practices.

Students who graduate from our non-clinical assistant accredited training programs (must meet the Clinical requirements for work experience)  before applying for the entry level certification (COA). Certification is governed by the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, Inc. (IJCAHPO). 

IJCAHPO uses written exams and skill assessments to certify allied ophthalmic personnel at one of three core levels. For current certification  information and requirements contact JCAHPO at 1-800-482-4858 or the JCAHPO website.

JCAHPO’s three core levels of certification offer a progressive career ladder for ophthalmic medical personnel who seek growth in their profession:

  1. Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA®) (Entry Level) 
  2. Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT®) (Intermediate Level) 
  3. Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT®) (Advanced Level)

The amount of money one can expect after graduation depends on the level of certification and geographic area of employment. In the D.C. area, most OMP earn between $35,000 (entry level)  and $50,000+ (advance level) after their first 6 to 12 months on the job.  If not employed prior to starting a program, most students have had job interviews before graduating.


Accreditation Information

Our training program has been awarded continuing accreditation for our Non-Clinical Assistant, Technician, and Technologist Programs.  The International Council of Accreditation of Allied Ophthalmic Personnel Training Programs recognizes that the Georgetown Program is in substantial compliance with established accreditation standards.  The next comprehensive evaluations will occur in 2021 (Non-Clinical) and 2023 (Technician and Medical Technologist).

More information about the accreditation process with rules and regulations can be found at International Council of Accreditation (ICA).