Ophthalmic Medical Technology

Program Overview

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The Ophthalmic Medical Technology program begins only in the fall quarter. It takes two academic years to complete.

The OMT program prepares you to perform ophthalmic procedures under the supervision of a licensed physician. The program combines classroom and laboratory experience with clinical experience in ophthalmic offices and is accredited by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).

The OMT Program courses cover medical histories, ophthalmic terminology, ocular anatomy, diseases, pharmacology and fundamental ocular optics. Hands on skills are taught in the OMT lab on diagnostic tests, refractometry, tonometry, lensometry, biometry, ophthalmic scribing, ocular imaging, minor equipment maintenance, surgical assisting and functional ocular measurements/tests.

Note: Students may consult with the Program Director about alternative approaches to completing portions of the ophthalmic medical technology curricula.

Before graduation in the program, you will be eligible to test for international certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT).


While in the program, students must:

  • Complete a criminal background check prior to clinical rotation placement.
  • Pass a urine screening before participating in clinical rotations.
  • Complete and maintain required vaccinations.
  • Maintain a minimum "C" average letter grade and complete all coursework designated within the program.
  • Pass all OMT program course finals with a 70% or better.
  • Have transportation to practicum facilities throughout the Portland Metropolitan area and surrounding communities.

Only those students who have been officially admitted to the OMT program may enroll in OMT courses. Professionals in the field may be admitted on a space available basis.

To advance from term to term, you must successfully complete all of the previous term’s course work by receiving at least a "Pass" or "C." For example, all courses listed for the first term must be completed before you begin the second term.