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Ophthalmic Technician, Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum OPH.OPH.AAS (C217I)

(Total Program Credits: 60-64)

Ophthalmic technology is a rapidly expanding field with a growing demand for qualified technicians.

The ophthalmic technician, under the direct supervision of an ophthalmologist, assists in patient care. Ophthalmic technicians perform case histories, visual acuity measurement, visual field testing, refractometry, contact lenses care, and assist in minor ophthalmic surgery.

Accredited by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA), 2025 Woodlane Dr., St. Paul, NY 55125-2998. Employment opportunity in the field are excellent due to an increase in the number of support personnel employed by ophthalmologists and a rising demand for eye-care services.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Ophthalmic Technician program, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate proper data collection for testing and treatment administration;
  • safely apply proper procedures for testing, in order to obtain accurate results;
  • practice within OSHA safety regulations using universal precautions;
  • utilize effective communication skills and professionalism to accurately provide a complete patient history;
  • employ empathy and compassion while recognizing and complying with ethical and legal standards;
  • interpret the patient's history of present illness in order to determine appropriate diagnostic testing; and
  • successfully illustrate and complete all six (6) skills through participation of the JCAHPO learning systems software.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures: MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor or Transfer Specialist (if transferring), before registering for courses. Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
AHL 100Introduction to Patient Care

2 credits

 

AHL 101Essentials of Medical Terminology

1 credit

OR

AHL 120Comprehensive Medical Terminology

3 credits

 

AHL 109Drug Calculations

1 credit

 

BIS 101Human Biology

4 credits

OR

BIS 136Functional Human Anatomy I #

4 credits

 

OPH 112Ocular Anatomy & Physiology #

3 credits

OPH 114Ophthalmic Optics #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14-16

BIS 101◊ or BIS 136◊ meets the Mathematics and/or Science general education requirement.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
AHL 102Ethics and Law for Allied Health Professionals

1 credit

OR

AHL 202Comprehensive Medical Ethics

3 credits

 

OPH 113Spectacle Skills #

2 credits

OPH 130Ocular Pharmacology #

2 credits

OPH 140Ophthalmic Procedures I #

4 credits

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12-14

Semester Three: Summer

Course NumberTitleCredits
OPH 141Refractometry #

2 credits

OPH 245Clinical Practicum I #

1 credit

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Four

Course NumberTitleCredits
OPH 210Ophthalmic Procedures II #

4 credits

OPH 231Ophthalmic Seminar I #

1 credit

OPH 232Contact Lenses #

4 credits

OPH 246Clinical Practicum II #

2 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Semester Five: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
OPH 225Ocular Disease #

3 credits

OPH 241Ophthalmic Seminar II #

2 credits

OPH 247Clinical Practicum III #

2 credits

OPH 251Ophthalmic Procedures III #

4 credits

General education/Humanities and Fine Arts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Graduation Requirements:

Course NumberTitleCredits

General education

AAS degree

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:15

Total semester hours for program required courses program specific electives and other electives toward the AAS Degree in Ophthalmic Technician

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:45

General education Associate in Applied Science requirements by discipline:

  • Communications: Two courses (six semester hours). Department choice of RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊ or RHT 101◊ with SPE 101◊. If transferring, it is suggested to take all three courses.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities or Fine Arts: Two courses (six semester hours are required for graduation; department choice whether courses are taken from each discipline or two courses from same discipline, to include one approved Human Diversity course.
  • Mathematics or Physical or Life Science: One course (three semester hours); review specific program requirements for your selected curriculum.
Course NumberTitleCredits

Total Credit Hours: 60

Note: Ophthalmic technician courses must be taken according to assigned sequence number.

See OPH course descriptions.

See Humanities General Education requirement.

Coordinator: Lisa Maas, Ext. 3934; email: lisamaas@triton.edu; website: https://www.triton.edu/about/dept/academic/school-of-health-careers-public-service-programs/ophthalmic-technician/