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 Joint Review Committee on Ophthalmic Medical Programs.

Classes cover medical histories, diagnostic tests, refractometry, anatomical and functional ocular measurements and tests, administration of topical ophthalmic and oral medications, instructing patients, maintaining equipment, sterilizing surgical instruments, assisting in minor ophthalmic surgery, assisting with the fittings, and making adjustments and minor repairs on spectacles.

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

As a graduate of the program, you will be eligible to test for international certification as an ophthalmic technician.


While in the program, students must:

  • Complete a criminal background check prior to clinical rotation placement.
  • Maintain a minimum "C" average letter grade and complete all coursework.
  • 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.