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.
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 International Council of Accreditation (ICA). 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
- Completion of WR 121Z, (BI 121 & BI 122) or BI 120, MP 111, MP 135 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.
- Students may consult with faculty advisor about alternative approaches to completing portions of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology curricula.
- 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.
- Students must have working knowledge or background of basic computer skills including Windows, Internet and e-mail.
- Program advising session with a Cascade Allied Health Admissions Coordinator is recommended.
- After admission to the program, but before beginning practicum, students will 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 91 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of four courses 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.
|MP 113||Healthcare Provider CPR/AED, First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens||1|
|MP 135||Pharmacology for Allied Health||3|
|OMT 102||Ocular Disease||2|
|OMT 103||Ocular Pharmacology||2|
|OMT 104||Ophthalmic Office Procedures||3|
|OMT 106||Introduction to Clinical Skills||3|
|OMT 115||Introduction to Ophthalmics||2|
|OMT 116||EHR in Ophthalmology||2|
|OMT 122||Practicum I: Ophthalmic Medical Technology||6|
|OMT 145||Clinical Optics 1||2|
|OMT 146||Clinical Optics 2||2|
|OMT 147||Clinical Optics 3||2|
|OMT 163||Ocular Anatomy and Physiology||2|
|OMT 206||Diagnostic Procedures I||4|
|OMT 207||Diagnostic Procedures II||4|
|OMT 208||Ocular Motility||2|
|OMT 209||Surgical Assisting Procedures||4|
|OMT 210||Advanced Diagnostics||4|
|OMT 222||Practicum II: Ophthalmic Medical Technology||6|
|OMT 223||Practicum III: Ophthalmic Medical Technology||6|
|OMT 224||Practicum IV: Ophthalmic Medical Technology||6|
|OMT 231||OMT Seminar I||2|
|OMT 232||OMT Seminar II||1|
|OMT 233||OMT Seminar III||1|
|OMT 234||OMT Seminar IV||2|
|OMT 250||Ophthalmic Imaging||2|
|OMT 260||Contact Lenses||2|
|PSY 101||Psychology and Human Relations (or any other psychology course) *||4|
|General Education: 3 courses|
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.
Covers front office techniques, including basic functions of the medical office. Develops skills needed to obtain accurate patient visual acuity. Includes practicing preliminary examination skills required for a complete ocular examination.
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, the history of ophthalmology, and key ophthalmic professions. Explores the roles and responsibilities of ophthalmic technicians and other allied health personnel in ophthalmology, industry standards and professional organizations. Covers ethics of patient care, confidentiality, privacy, scope of practice and employment opportunities. Covers office efficiency, professionalism and risk management. Includes HIPAA training and confidentiality for healthcare workers. Prerequisites: MP 111, WR 121Z, and (MTH 58 or MTH 65).
OMT 116. EHR in Ophthalmology. 2 Credits.
Explores simulated electronic health records (EHR) and how to navigate and document in a software platform. Includes confidentiality/compliance of EHR, ophthalmic terminology, analysis of content while in a clinical environment, processing health information, and simulation practice with cloud based electronic health records. Prerequisite: MP 111.
OMT 122. Practicum I: Ophthalmic Medical Technology. 6 Credits.
Develops entry-level skills 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: MP 113. Corequisite: OMT 231.
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. Practicum II: Ophthalmic Medical Technology. 6 Credits.
Provides introductory 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. Prerequisites: OMT 122. Corequisite: OMT 232.
OMT 223. Practicum III: Ophthalmic Medical Technology. 6 Credits.
Provides intermediate 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. Prerequisite: OMT 222.
OMT 224. Practicum IV: Ophthalmic Medical Technology. 6 Credits.
Provides ongoing and advanced 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. Prerequisite: OMT 223.
OMT 231. OMT Seminar I. 2 Credits.
Explores the practicum experience through discussions. Covers medical ethics review, patient confidentiality, professionalism, and communication skills. Focuses on creating a chief complaint, ophthalmic scribing, and history of present illness (HPI) in an ophthalmology practice. Students must enroll in this class if they are enrolled in first year practicum. Corequisite: OMT 122. Prerequisites: MP 111, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement.
OMT 232. OMT Seminar II. 1 Credit.
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. Corequisite: OMT 222.
OMT 233. OMT Seminar III. 1 Credit.
Continues to review 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. Corequisite: OMT 223.
OMT 234. OMT Seminar IV. 2 Credits.
Reviews major ophthalmic subject areas through guest speakers and field trips. Explores practicum experiences and employment opportunities, cultural exchanges, and testing strategies in preparation for the Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) exam. Corequisite: OMT 224. Prerequisites:
(WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement.
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 Autofluorescence). 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.
OMT 260. Contact Lenses. 2 Credits.
Covers fundamentals of contact lens. Includes principles of lens structures, materials used in manufacture, categorization, comparison of characteristics of soft and rigid lenses. Includes theory and utilization of instruments commonly used in fitting and assessing contact lenses. Includes use of keratometer, biomicroscope, radiuscope, lensometer, gauges, loupes, magnifiers and fluorescent tubes. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.