Ophthalmic Technician Training Program

Diploma in Ophthalmic Technician

Program Overview: Ophthalmic Technician

Ophthalmic Technician Trainging Program & Certification

As of April 2018, this program is no longer being offered by Cambridge.

The Ophthalmic Technician program from Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology/Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology offers students the skills and knowledge needed to work alongside ophthalmologists as they provide vision care to patients.

In less than a year students who successfully complete the program receive a Diploma in Ophthalmic Technician. After sitting for and passing the certification examination at the end of this program, students will then be able to seek work as a certified ophthalmic technician (COT).

The Benefits of Studying at Cambridge

Students at Cambridge are offered a wide range of benefits, including:

  • In-class lectures taught by experienced instructors
  • True, hands-on instruction
  • Small classes providing for personal attention
  • State-of-the-art technology and medical equipment
  • Flexible schedules
  • Focused curriculum

Throughout your studies, our staff is here to help students succeed, no matter what assistance may be required. From start to finish, students are treated as a member of the Cambridge family, not just another number passing through the doors.

Ophthalmic Technician Program Disclosure

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities for Ophthalmic Technicians are expected to grow 34 percent from 2008 to 2018. Such a level of growth far exceeds the average for other occupations.

Employment opportunities for qualified Ophthalmic Technicians range from eye clinics to long-term care facilities.



Ophthalmic technicians support ophthalmologists in a variety of eye care for patients, including eye treatments, medical care and surgery.

What Does an Ophthalmic Technician Do?

As an ophthalmic technician, you will work under the direct supervision of an ophthalmologist. You will likely be responsible for many activities such as:

  • Welcoming patients and preparing their eye exams
  • Administering basic eye exam tests, including visual field testing
  • Walking patients through the process of inserting and removing contact lenses
  • Advising patients on the use and care of corrective lenses
  • Assisting with imaging, including ultrasound
  • Assisting with in-office procedures and surgeries


You will receive a Diploma in Ophthalmic Technician upon successful completion of this program. Should you choose to sit for and pass the certification examination at the end of this program, you will then be able to seek work as a certified ophthalmic technician (COT).

Program Summary
  • Diploma/certificate program
  • 37.5 weeks
  • Thorough preparation for the ophthalmic technician certification exam
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