This program is designed to prepare the student to act as an entry level ophthalmic technician. Duties of the ophthalmic technician generally include, but are not limited to: case histories, visual acuity measurement, visual field testing, refractometry, contact lenses, caring for and maintaining ophthalmic instruments, and assisting the doctor in the setup and performance of minor ophthalmic surgery. This program has received accreditation through the Committee on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (CoA-OMP).
Admission to the program is limited and on a competitive basis. Screening for Fall entry into the program is conducted in June. Acceptance is contingent upon completion of the general education courses, AHC 115*, and with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, prior to the Fall term. Once students are admitted to the program, three consecutive semesters of intensive full-time study are required for graduation.