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Ophthalmic Technician Certificate

Indiana University School of Medicine offers a full time, one year certificate program in ophthalmic technician training through the Department of Ophthalmology. Students complete 30 credits over ten months (fall, spring, and summer semesters) and gain hands on experience in a variety of clinical settings. Graduates of the program receive a certificate from IU School of Medicine and will be eligible to sit for the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant exam.

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Apply to the Ophthalmic Technician certificate program through IU School of Medicine's Health Professions Programs.

Working as an Ophthalmic Technician

Ophthalmology is the medical study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. An ophthalmic technician assists the ophthalmologist in caring for patients. This can occur in a variety of ways, including direct patient care in a clinical setting, in the operating room, through research and through clinical administration and management. General duties of an ophthalmic technician include:

  • Vision screening
  • Eye drop administration
  • History and physical
  • Ocular and visual testing (fundus photography, OCT, Visual Fields)
  • Appointment and treatment counseling
  • Scribing
  • Assisting with in office procedures

Becoming a ophthalmic technician is an excellent choice for people interested in a career in health care. Starting pay can range from $16 to $19 per hour and varies based on employer. There are a variety of career paths and large potential for career growth in this in-demand field.

Program expectations

Students should have a high school degree or equivalent and must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the program. The program is designed for people with no previous experience as an ophthalmic technician and has no prerequisites. During the program, students should expect to participate in lecture or clinical experiences Monday through Friday during daytime hours.

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Veronica Admire, COA

Clinical Education Coordinator
Department of Ophthalmology

(317) 278-5002

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Mallory Mack

Education Coordinator
Department of Ophthalmology

(317) 274-2128

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