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Ophthalmic Technology


Ophthalmic technology programs prepare people to help eye doctors examine and treat vision problems.

Ophthalmic technology programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in ophthalmic technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete.

Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in ophthalmic technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school diploma or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Applicants to some programs need to take between one to two years of college-level general education courses first. Specific prerequisite courses vary among these programs but typically include some combination of the following:

In addition, admission requirements for some programs may include the following:

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

All ophthalmic technology programs include clinical practicums or "externships." This aspect of the program gives you valuable hands-on experience working under the supervision of an experienced ophthalmologist. Depending on the setting, you might run vision tests on patients, find out their medical history, or even assist an eye doctor with a minor surgery.

Things to Know

Some schools offer a program in ophthalmic medical technology. These programs prepare people to work in hospitals.

After graduating from this program, you may be eligible to sit for a national certification exam.

Certification is not necessary to get a job in ophthalmic technology, but it can help.


King-Snohomish Area

Renton Technical College