Ophthalmic Medical Technician Associate Degree Program

Get started in healthcare as an ophthalmic medical technician.

Program Type

Associate Degree


Delivery Method

On Campus


Course Length

20 months

Program Objective

This associate degree program will give you the skills and knowledge needed to work as a professional entry-level ophthalmic medical technician. Courses address both the personal traits and professional skills that are required in this role, ranging from clinical duties such as performing preliminary vision and diagnostic testing in preparation for physician exams to the administrative side, including recording patient information in their medical record. 

All Locations

Find this program at one of the following Pima Medical Institute campuses.

Careers as an Ophthalmic Medical Technician

What Are My Career Opportunities as an Ophthalmic Medical Technician?

What Are My Career Opportunities as an Ophthalmic Medical Technician?

This associate degree program will prepare graduates to apply their skills in a variety of environments, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Multispecialty offices
  • Private practices
  • Refractive surgery centers
Job Outlook

Job Outlook

As a significant portion of the U.S. population continues to age, the demand for ophthalmology services will grow.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of ophthalmic medical technicians is projected to grow significantly from 2022 to 2032.

When you’re a Pima Medical Institute student, you get access to our Career Services team—here for you when you need extra help with finding the right job opportunities, building a resume, strengthening your interview skills or just looking for general guidance.

Clinical Externships

At Pima Medical Institute, most programs allow students to work in their field through clinical externships—a chance to be mentored by full-time professionals and interface with real patients.

In addition to real-world experience, clinical externships offer students resume-worthy opportunities, letters of recommendation from supervisors, and sometimes job placement directly after graduation.

Program Outline

Learn more about the courses in this program.

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Semester I

BIO 108
Anatomy and Physiology
CLE 125
Laws and Ethics
CSK 100
Study Skills
MTH 130
Math Applications
PSY 105
Interpersonal Communications
OPH 100
Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
OPH 114
Ocular Disease

Semester II

OPH 108
OPH 112
Basic Skills
OPH 115
Patient Services

Semester III

OPH 217
Contact Lenses
OPH 222
Administrative Procedures
OPH 214
Ocular Motility
OPH 216
Special Diagnostics

Semester IV

OPH 223
Surgical Assisting
OPH 207
OPH 210
Clinical Externship I
OPH 235
Optics and Advanced Refractometry
OPH 225
Ophthalmic Photography and Imaging
OPH 230
Echography and Light Based Imaging

Semester V

OPH 220
Clinical Externship II

Interested In Starting This Program?

Find out more about our Admissions Requirements or view our How to Apply page.

Success Is Within Reach

We are truly invested in making sure our students succeed.

“I am a mother of five children and moving to the U.S., adapting to a new culture, learning to drive a car and not knowing anyone was difficult. But, everyone at Pima Medical was so helpful. When I first started my program, I was very shy and my accent was difficult to understand, but my instructors tutored me and my classmates accepted me. I became more and more confident each day and soon it felt like my second home. When COVID-19 hit, my government required me to go back home. I continued the OMT program virtually until I was able to return to the U.S. to complete my clinicals.”

Salma Al Harthi, Ophthalmic Medical Technician Graduate

Pima Medical Blog

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Disclosures And Accreditations

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