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Denver Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program Turns 21

Posted: October 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Baker

Pima Medical Institute has educated ophthalmic medical technicians (OMT) for more than two decades in the Denver area. We’re proud of the students who’ve graduated and gone on to make their communities healthier.

OMTs play a key role in eye care, collecting and reporting data to the ophthalmologist so that they can make the right diagnosis for patients. They work in a wide range of settings, including ophthalmic offices, hospitals, clinics and refractive surgery centers. They focus on areas such as general ophthalmology, cornea, retina, glaucoma, pediatrics, oculoplastics and neuro-ophthalmology.

Our ophthalmic medical technician training program began in 1994, which makes this year its 21st birthday! Over the years, the technology and equipment has changed, but our dedication to education hasn’t.

“After studying under instructors with their own professional experience, our students are knowledgeable, with a deep understanding of the field and its job expectations,” said OMT Program Director Wendy Stanton. “It’s our goal at Pima Medical Institute to not only graduate top ophthalmic medical technicians, but to also assist them in their job search process after they’ve graduated. Student success is our number-one priority.”

After graduating from the 20-month program, our students know how to perform preliminary vision and diagnostic testing prior to a physician exam, document patients’ medical and ocular history, and how to educate patients about eye testing, procedures, medications and care plans.

In addition, the career is a growing one, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a 30 percent growth in jobs from 2012 to 2022.*

Want to learn more about our ophthalmic medical technician program? Check out this informative video.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail, on the Internet at 
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/about/data-for-occupations-not-covered-in-detail.htm#Healthcare Occupations

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