Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
OMT 115
Course Title:
Introduction to Ophthalmics
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Course Description

Introduces ophthalmology, including history, roles and responsibilities of ophthalmic technicians and other allied health personnel in ophthalmology, industry standards and professional organizations. Discusses ethics of patient care, confidentiality, privacy, scope of practice and employment opportunities. Covers office efficiency, professionalism and risk management. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.

Addendum to Course Description

Field trips on and off campus may be included.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish various career paths available in the ophthalmic professions and the educational requirements for each.
  2. Apply legal and ethical tenets of a healthcare professional in the clinical workplace.
  3. Understand the legal ramifications of confidentiality, bioethics and scope of practice as a base of knowledge for future course work and work in the industry.
  4. Use effective communication that demonstrates competence and professionalism in the clinical setting.

Course Activities and Design

This will be a two hour lecture course. Specific activities may include lecture, group projects, field trips, individual or group assignments.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade.
The methods may include one or more of the following tools: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, and student
participation. Students are expected to participate in, and contribute to, all class and team discussions and activities.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

History of Ophthalmics and Medicine
1. Explain how optical lenses, spectacles and contact lenses came to be developed and some of their associated historical names.
2. Discuss basic visual anomalies and methods of correction.
3. Define myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism.
4. Identify the different tasks of opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists and ophthalmic medical technicians.
5. Distinguish types of medical practices such as private practice, partnerships, group practices, health maintenance organizations and government programs as well a ambulatory and outpatient surgical facilities.
Overview of Healthcare in the United States €“ Delivery and Payment
1. Inception of insurance in the US.
2. Medicare, private insurance, other government plans that provide health care coverage
3. Current federal healthcare policy impacting ophthalmology
Specific Knowledge and Tasks of the OMT
1. Define the tasks of an ophthalmic medical technician functioning in an office based practice or an ambulatory surgical center.
2. State the diagnostic tests an ophthalmic medical technician will be expected to perform.
3. List skills necessary to become an ophthalmic medical technician.
Employment opportunities
1. State employment opportunities in an office based practice, multispecialty clinic, surgical setting or other related occupations for an ophthalmic technician.
Presenting a Professional Image
1. Describe appropriate dress and appearance and note examples of inappropriate dress in the workplace.
2. Describe professional behavior and list examples of unprofessional behavior.
3. Describe proper handling of confidential information.
4. Describe medical ethics for ophthalmic medical personnel.
Office Efficiency, Public Relations, Risk Management
1. Describe the primary role of the ophthalmic assistant.
2. Describe 4 ways to keep patients happy.
3. Describe AAO guidelines for handling patient calls.
4. Describe the proper procedure for noting missed appointments and cancellations on patient records.
5. Describe the proper procedure for calling patients from the waiting room.
6. Detail HIPAA regulations.

1. Explain what €œJCAHPO, ATPO, and AAO €œ stand for and how these
organizations serve ophthalmic medical technicians.