Ophthalmic Medical Technology


The Ophthalmic Medical Technology program typically accepts 24 students each year. The program begins each fall term at the Cascade Campus. Students are selected based on a point system. For information on how to receive points, see the advising guide. Please check your PCC email regularly during the admission process. All communication related to your application and admission will be done through your PCC email account.

When to apply

Students with the same number of points will be accepted in the order their completed application was received, so apply early.

Application deadlines
Term you want to start First chance to apply Deadline
Fall 2019 April 8, 2019 June 21, 2019

Complete prerequisite classes and earn points toward admission

The following prerequisite classes are available at Portland Community College. If you believe you have met the core requirements of any of these classes at other colleges, please contact healthca@pcc.edu to have your transcripts "unofficially" evaluated to determine completion of requirements. Your classwork may need to be evaluated by the Department Chair, as well, before you will be advised on whether your previous coursework meets PCC class requirements.

  1. WR 121 – English Composition
  2. MP 111 – Medical Terminology
  3. MTH 65 – Introductory Algebra, 2nd term or MTH 58 – Math Literacy I
  4. BI 121 – Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, 1st term (will also accept BI 231-232 or BI 120)
  5. BI 122 – Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, 2nd term (will also accept BI 233 or BI 120)

ALSO RECOMMENDED – CAS 133 – Basic Computer Skills and/or CAS 121 – Computerized Keyboarding – Applicants should type 35 wpm to begin the program.

All prerequisite classes must be passed with a grade 'C' or above. Prerequisite may be in progress when you submit your application but must be complete by the end of the summer term. If you are taking classes at a college other than Portland Community College you will need to provide an official copy of your grade within a week of it being posted to receive points.

Receiving admission points

  • Students will receive admission points for grades in prerequisite classes, two short answer essays, two recommendation forms and experience working and volunteering in five different areas. Students who have applied before in the past two years but not been accepted will receive two additional points and students with a prior degree, AAS or higher, will receive an additional point.
  • For detailed information on the point system used for admission see the advising guide.
  • Students will be ranked in order of points and time of application, so it is to your advantage to get your application in early in case your points put you at the cutoff for admission.
  • See the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Application for more information on the essays, the recommendation forms and the format used for documenting experience.

Complete application for admission

  1. You have two options to complete the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program Application.
    1. You can complete the application as a PDF.
    2. You can complete the application online. If you choose this option you will also need to send the Recommendation Form link to two people you choose to recommend you for this program. They will follow the link and complete the form.
    With either option, we are accepting applications April 8 – June 21, 2019 for the Fall 2019 Cohort. Please do not submit the application prior to April 8. Applications received before April 8 will not be processed until the end of the day April 8. All materials must be received by 5pm on June 21 for your application to be considered complete.
  2. Include unofficial transcripts from colleges/universities you have attended other than Portland Community College.
    • You do not need unofficial transcripts if you have had your transcripts officially evaluated by Student Records, and your transcripts are on file with PCC.
    • If you are currently enrolled in coursework at another college you must provide proof of enrollment with your application listing any required classes that are in progress. Your grade for this class must be received in admissions within one week after the grade is posted.

Admission notification

You will receive notification of your admission status by one month after the close of the application period. If you have been accepted into the program, you will be invited to a mandatory orientation. Please check your PCC email for that important notification. A basic oral communication skills assessment will be administered at the orientation. Students who attend the orientation and pass the communication assessment will be officially admitted to the program.

Applicants who qualify, but do not have the top points for admission will be notified of their status as a program alternate. Often, alternates are eventually selected for the program. Alternates will be listed in order of points, and in the case of applicants receiving the same points, the order of applications were received by admissions.

Cohort and schedule

Students will become part of a cohort (a group of students who take classes together). The Ophthalmic Medical Technology program is an Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Students attend full time during the day for 7 terms.

Practicum Requirements

After admission to the program, but before beginning directed practice, students may be required to complete some or all of the following: criminal background check, proof of immunizations, and a ten-panel drug screening. There will be a cost to the student associated with completing this requirement (see program costs). For more information about practicum requirements contact Admissions at healthca@pcc.edu or 971-722-5667.