Ophthalmic Technician Training Program


The Ophthalmic Assisting Application is now fully online!


Ophthalmic Assistant Program

The first step into the technician world of Ophthalmology

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Ophthalmic Technician Program

Be part of a 60 year tradition that developed the technician role of Ophthalmology.

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Ophthalmic Scribe Course

All online course that prepares you for the ophthalmic scribe exam.

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Ophthalmic Assisting Classes have switched to online until further notice.

Please visit the Georgetown University COVID-19 website for the latest announcements and guidelines. Let’s keep our community safe!

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:

Phone: 202-444-4862
Fax: 202-444-1417

Email: eyetechtraining@ georgetown.edu

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How the GU Ophthalmic Technician Training Program Started

As ophthalmology practices became busier and busier, Dr. Peter Evans recognized that well-trained staff could work under the supervision of the ophthalmologist to increase office efficiency. In 1963, Dr. Evans piloted the first, 2-year formal training program for ophthalmic medical assistants in the United States, at Georgetown University.

Goals for the program included teaching students to safely and accurately perform ophthalmic tests while working in a team environment and providing an elevated patient experience. Exceeding expectations, the GU Ophthalmic Technician Training Program set the standard and became a model for several other training programs.

Within a few years, Dr. Evans and his colleagues realized that a standardized method of verifying competency of program graduates was necessary. In 1969, Dr. Evans became a founding member of the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (or “JCAHPO”). JCAHPO became the examination and certification agency for the new career of ophthalmic medical assisting. 

In the years following, the Georgetown University Ophthalmic Technician Training Program firmly established itself in the community with extremely talented alumni who have gone on to prestigious practices and careers in the DC area and beyond. The Program remains committed to excellence in training and educating students in the field of ophthalmic assisting. Please click here for more information on our current programs and to apply today!


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News and Announcements


The Ophthalmic Staffing Shortage

Experts discuss solutions to the staffing shortage and offer strategies for recruiting and retaining staff.

COVID-19: Tips for Protecting Patients/Staff

Shan Lin, MD, of the Glaucoma Center of San Francisco, shares what steps and measures staff have taken to protect both themselves and their patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Upcoming Application Deadline

Evening 6 month Introduction to Ophthalmic Assisting (COA level): Early Application Deadline: May 15th, 2020. Late Application Deadline: June 30th, 2020

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