Ophthalmic Medical Technology

2017-18 Edition

Cascade Campus
Technology Education Building (TEB), Room 103


Career and Program Description

Those training in the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program develop skills to perform ophthalmic procedures under the supervision of a licensed physician. These procedures include: 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 and assisting in the fitting of contact lenses. Ophthalmic Medical Technology is a rapidly expanding field and a growing demand exists for technicians.

The Ophthalmic Program is a limited entry program with restricted enrollment. The program is limited to 24-28 students. Only those students who have been officially admitted to the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program may enroll in OMT courses. Professionals in the field may be admitted when space is available.

The program begins fall term only. To advance to the next term students must successfully complete all of the previous term’s coursework by receiving a grade of Pass or C or better.

This program is designed to correlate classroom and laboratory experiences with clinical experience in ophthalmic offices and clinics and prepares students to function under the supervision of a licensed physician.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP). Students in the OMT program will test for national certification as an ophthalmic technician during term seven of the program.

Degree and Certificate Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Ophthalmic Medical Technology

Admission Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

  • Completion of WR 121, BI 121, BI 122, MP 111 and (MTH 58 or MTH 65, or any course for which one of these is a prerequisite) with a "C" or "P" or better.
  • This is a limited entry program. A complete application including two recommendation forms and unofficial transcripts from any colleges attended other than PCC is required.

Other Prerequisites

  • Students must have working knowledge or background of basic computer skills including Windows, Internet and e-mail.
  • Program advising session with an Cascade Allied Health Admissions Coordinator is recommended.

Program Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Students may consult with faculty advisor about alternative approaches to completing portions of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology curricula.

Other Requirements

  • After admission to the program, but before beginning practicum, 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.  
  • Students must have transportation to practicum facilities throughout the Portland metropolitan area.

Ophthalmic Medical Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 100 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. A maximum of 35 Pass/No Pass credits are allowed in the Ophthalmic Medical Technology AAS Degree. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
MP 150Introduction to Electronic Health Records3
OMT 115Introduction to Ophthalmics2
OMT 145Clinical Optics 12
OMT 163Ocular Anatomy and Physiology2
PSY 101*Psychology and Human Relations4
General Education4
Second Term
HE 113First Aid&CPR/AED Professional Rescuers/HealthCare Providers1
Healthcare Provider CPR/AED, First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens
MP 135Pharmacology for Allied Health3
OMT 102Ocular Disease2
OMT 104Ophthalmic Office Procedures3
OMT 146Clinical Optics 22
General Education4
Third Term
OMT 103Ocular Pharmacology2
OMT 106Introduction to Clinical Skills3
OMT 121Practicum I: Ophthalmic Medical3
OMT 147Clinical Optics 32
OMT 231Seminar I1
Please Note: Only those students who have completed the first year requirements and have been officially accepted into the second year of the Ophthalmic Technology Program may enroll in the courses in the fourth and later terms.  
Fourth Term
OMT 122Practicum II: Ophthalmic Medical6
General Education4
Fifth Term
OMT 206Diagnostic Procedures I4
OMT 209Surgical Assisting Procedures4
OMT 222Ophthalmic Medical Practicum Second Year5
OMT 232Seminar II2
Sixth Term
OMT 207Diagnostic Procedures II4
OMT 222Ophthalmic Medical Practicum Second Year7
OMT 232Seminar II2
OMT 250Ophthalmic Imaging2
Seventh Term
MP 140Introduction to Health Law and Ethics3
OMT 210Advanced Diagnostics4
OMT 222Ophthalmic Medical Practicum Second Year8
OMT 232Seminar II2
 Total Credits: 100

Could be used as General Education

OMT 102. Ocular Disease. 2 Credits.

Studies major ocular diseases and related structures integrated with symptomology and treatment. Introduction of ophthalmic drugs. Audit available.

OMT 103. Ocular Pharmacology. 2 Credits.

Details major classifications of ophthalmic drugs, mechanisms of action, side effects, first aid techniques for acute ophthalmic drug reactions. Explores the relationship of ocular pathology and medications used for treatment. Prerequisites: MP 135, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

OMT 104. Ophthalmic Office Procedures. 3 Credits.

Utilizes techniques to obtain medical and ophthalmic history, transcription of information into the medical chart, and common terms/abbreviations used in history taking. Covers front office techniques, including basic functions of a computer in the medical office. Develops skills needed to obtain accurate patient visual acuity.

OMT 106. Introduction to Clinical Skills. 3 Credits.

Covers basic test principles and techniques including FDT, tangent screen and Humphery visual fields, keratometry, and noncontact, TonoPen, and applanation tonometry. Continues work on history taking and JCAHPO scribing certification.

OMT 115. Introduction to Ophthalmics. 2 Credits.

Introduces ophthalmology, including history, roles and responsibilities of ophthalmic technicians and other allied health personnel in ophthalmology, industry standards and professional organizations. Discusses ethics of patient care, confidentiality, privacy, scope of practice and employment opportunities. Covers office efficiency, professionalism and risk management. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement.

OMT 121. Practicum I: Ophthalmic Medical. 3 Credits.

Provides an opportunity to observe clinical flow in an ophthalmology office to gain understanding of how patients are scheduled, examined, and treated. Covers taking a visual acuity, measuring glasses, basic screening techniques, obtaining pertinent patient ocular/medical history, and using a Tonopen. Includes how to establish rapport with patients in an ophthalmic practice. Includes the potential for practicing skills with diagnostic equipment, and electronic health records. Corequisite: OMT 231.

OMT 122. Practicum II: Ophthalmic Medical. 6 Credits.

Develops proficiency in the use and care of ophthalmic equipment, basic screening techniques, obtaining pertinent patient ocular/medical history, diagnostic and examination procedures, medication (pharmacology and administration) and handling of patients in an ophthalmic practice. Prerequisites: OMT 121, (HE 113 or MP 113).

OMT 145. Clinical Optics 1. 2 Credits.

Presents basic optical principles and the human eye from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Explores prisms, basic dispensing, techniques for measuring types of lenses, use of the lens clock, use and maintenance of ophthalmic instruments and equipment. Audit available.

OMT 146. Clinical Optics 2. 2 Credits.

Introduces principles of retinoscopy, basic lensometry, and prisms as they relate to ocular motility. Continuation of OMT 145 Clinical Optics 1. Prerequisite: OMT 145. Audit available.

OMT 147. Clinical Optics 3. 2 Credits.

Covers theories of visual perception. Introduces basic and advanced visual aids and their application to patients with various forms of low vision. Explores concepts of depth perception and color vision. Introduces concepts of retinoscopy and refractometry. Fitting, care and patient instruction of contact lens will be mastered. Prerequisite: OMT 146.

OMT 163. Ocular Anatomy and Physiology. 2 Credits.

Introduces the structure and function of the human visual system. Covers the anatomy and physiology of the eyeball, orbit, and ocular adnexa with an emphasis on ocular terminology. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

OMT 206. Diagnostic Procedures I. 4 Credits.

Introduces fundamentals of diagnostic testing and techniques including: applanation tonometry, slit lamp biomicroscopy, Goldmann and automated perimetry, ocular motility and advanced keratometry. Emphases building clinical skills.

OMT 207. Diagnostic Procedures II. 4 Credits.

Presents the principles of advanced visual field examination with emphasis on Goldmann Perimetry. Covers the principles and techniques of exophthalmometry, color and function tests, contact lens fitting, ocular motility and echography. Focuses on skill development, and increasing speed and accuracy.

OMT 208. Ocular Motility. 2 Credits.

Explores ocular motility, associated testing and measurements required for evaluation. Emphases understanding the presentation, characteristics and history of the strabismus patient. Discusses amblyopia treatment and therapies. Audit available.

OMT 209. Surgical Assisting Procedures. 4 Credits.

Addresses the technician's role in assisting in minor office surgeries, hospital-based OR or ASC surgery and laser procedures. Include aseptic technique, scrubbing, gowning and gloving, sterilization of instruments, proper disposition of supplies/medications and regulations pertaining to surgical centers. Covers intraocular injections and refractive surgery. Audit available.

OMT 210. Advanced Diagnostics. 4 Credits.

Focuses on more advanced diagnostic procedures including electrophysiology tests, direct ophthalmoscopy, advanced color testing, glaucoma techniques, and retinoscopy. Covers the technician's role in assisting in the management of preoperative and post-operative patients. Includes more advanced ophthalmic procedures such as ultrasound, potential acuity meter, direct ophthalmoscopy and contrast sensitivity. Addresses microbiology and specimen collection for the laboratory. Provides an overall review in preparation for national certification examination. Audit available.

OMT 222. Ophthalmic Medical Practicum Second Year. 5-8 Credit.

Provides clinical education experience in local ophthalmic practices and health care facilities under the supervision of facility personnel. Includes exposure to working conditions and skills needed while performing ophthalmic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. May be repeated once for credit. Corequisite: OMT 232.

OMT 231. Seminar I. 1 Credit.

Explores the practicum experience through discussions and includes concepts of medical ethics review, patient confidentiality, professionalism and communication skills. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Corequisite: OMT 121.

OMT 232. Seminar II. 2 Credits.

Reviews major ophthalmic subject areas through guest speakers and field trips. Explores practicum experiences and employment opportunities. Students must enroll in this class if they are enrolled in second year Practicum. May be repeated two times for credit. Corequisites: OMT 222.

OMT 250. Ophthalmic Imaging. 2 Credits.

Introduces the common forms of ophthalmic imaging, OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) ophthalmic photography (Fundus and Slit lamp) and FA (fluorescein angiography), FAF (Fundus auto fluorescence). Includes other types of imaging used in ophthalmology (CT, MRI, CCT, HRT, Ultrasound, and External Photography). Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.