Technical Standards

Students admitted to the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program can be expected to complete the course requirements which necessitate the physical and mental abilities listed below. Any student who thinks he/she does not possess one or more of the following skills should seek assistance from a faculty advisor or the Office of Students with Disabilities concerning flexibility in program requirements and possible accommodations through technical aids and assistance.

  • Students must have excellent corrected visual acuity and the ability to see depth and color.
  • Students must communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form in order to interact with patients and other health professionals.
  • Students must be able to speak, hear and observe patients in order to ascertain information and perceive nonverbal communication.
  • Students must be able to maintain adequate physical condition to stand, walk, and sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • Students must have good manual dexterity and motor function to operate ophthalmic equipment.
  • Students must possess the ability to move independently from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.
  • Students must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize. Problem solving, a critical skill in healthcare, requires all of these abilities. In addition, students must have the ability to comprehend three-dimensional relationships of structures.
  • Students must comprehend and apply abstract concepts from biological, sociological and psychological sciences.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis but the student must be able to perform in an independent manner. There will be no discrimination in the selection of program participants based on race, creed, color, gender, age, marital status, national origin, or mental or physical handicap.