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Ophthalmic Medical Technician: What Does an OMT Do?

Posted: November 10, 2016 by Wendy Stanton
Pima Medical Institute Students hold up prosthetic eyes for a group photo.

The path to becoming an ophthalmic medical technician (OMT) can be exciting, and Pima Medical Institute in Denver has provided students with the education they need to succeed in the field.

There are currently only 13 OMT programs in the United States. It’s our goal at Pima Medical to not only graduate top ophthalmic medical technicians, but to also assist them in job placement after they’ve graduated and throughout their careers. Student success is our number-one priority.

The 20-month program offers instruction and hands-on experience using ophthalmic equipment and technology, giving them a leg up once they enter the work force.  

OMT students learn to document a patient’s medical/ocular history, and perform components of the complete eye exam and diagnostic testing prior to physician exam. Students also perform ophthalmic ultrasound to view the structures and pathology of the inner eye as well as to measure the length of the eye and corneal thickness. 

Pima Medical ophthalmic medical technician students are able to perform digital retinal and anterior eye photography, image the retina, optic nerve and anterior structures of the eye with scanning lasers, and learn how to assist in the many surgical procedures performed in ophthalmology. 

OMT graduates receive an occupational associate degree that allows them to help ophthalmologists collect data and measurements to allow the correct diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. They work in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, clinics, multispecialty offices, private practices or refractive surgery centers. The program instructs not only in general ophthalmology but also in all of the ophthalmic sub-specialty fields. These sub-specialty fields include cornea, retina, glaucoma, pediatrics, oculoplastics, and neuro-ophthalmology. 

The ophthalmic medical technician career is great for those who love to use equipment, technology, interact with patients and be a vital part of their care. At Pima Medical Institute, we offer morning and afternoon classes and provide small class sizes, which enable students to receive one-on-one learning with instructors. 

“I have had many ophthalmic technician externs rotate through our practice over the years and I have come to know that Pima Medical does a great job in preparing their students,” said Gary Stinson, clinical director of the Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado. “I have hired 12 Pima Medical ophthalmic technicians who are still working here and are wonderful technicians. I would highly recommend looking to Pima Medical the next time you need a technician for your practice.” 

Technology within the ophthalmic field is rapidly advancing. There is a growing demand for well-educated ophthalmic technicians due to the current forecast and trends in the US population. This creates great job opportunities and excellent job placement following graduation. Pima Medical Institute, backed by more than 40 years of healthcare education excellence, is the only school in Colorado and the surrounding states to offer this program.

To learn more about the Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program visit the program’s webpage at http://pmi.edu/programs/associate/ophthalmic-medical-technician.

Wendy Stanton is the Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program Director at Pima Medical Institute’s Denver campus. She is a certified ophthalmic technician and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in health care management. Wendy has worked for Pima Medical for 22 years.

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