Ophthalmic Medical Technology

Essential Functions

To be successful in the Ophthalmic Medical Technology program and become employable, the student must be able to perform essential functions expected of the OMT (see list below). Please contact the OMT program regarding questions or concerns about these requirements.

Part 1 – Physical Functions

Physical ability to sit, stand and move freely about the office
  • Ability to stand, walk and sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to move independently and maneuver in small spaces
  • Ability to turn and/or bend at the waist while seated or standing
  • Ability to lift and carry 35 lbs
Manual dexterity
  • Manual dexterity and motor function to operate ophthalmic equipment
Visual abilities to accurately perform duties
  • Excellent corrected visual acuity
  • Ability to read medical charts (fine print) and computer monitors
Hearing abilities to respond to patients and co-workers
  • Hear and observe patients in order to ascertain information

Part 2 – Academic and Interpersonal Functions

Communication skills to safely and accurately assess patients and communicate with others
  • Verbal and written communication with patients, co-workers and the public in person and by phone
  • Obtain and document patient history and current complaints
  • Understand and work under the direction of the physician
  • Ability to communicate and carry out written and verbal instructions
  • Instruct patients on instillation of ophthalmic medications, post-operative care and other home care
Technical aptitude
  • Ability to use telephone, computer, fax, and copier
  • Ability to master new skills and use of ophthalmic equipment quickly
  • Ability to maintain a clean and hygienic workspace
Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize
  • Ability to problem-solve and troubleshoot issues
  • Ability to retain/recall information given verbally
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability to comprehend three-dimensional relationships of structures
  • Ability to comprehend and apply abstract concepts from biological, sociological and psychological sciences
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity
Interpersonal skills
  • Team player
  • Positive response to instruction and supervision
Professional attributes
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Carefully adheres to program and affiliate policies
  • Appears professional in dress and demeanor
  • Maintains personal hygiene

ADA accommodations

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 (ADA) mandates that reasonable accommodations must be made for individuals with disabilities. Any student who may need an accommodation for a disability should make an appointment with the Department Chair and the Disability Services office.