Ophthalmic Technician Certification Program

Do you see yourself as an eye care professional?  Ophthalmologists in hospitals and private practices all over the United States employ ophthalmic medical technicians (OpTechs) to assist in caring for patients with eye diseases or injuries. 

An OpTech initiates patient exams, measures and records visual status, performs diagnostic procedures, assists in clinical and surgical settings, and is a valuable member of the eye care team. Often, OpTechs will go on to leadership roles in the clinic. 

For more information about a career as an OpTech visit, Discover Eye Careers

Training to become an OpTech at Duke

Duke's accredited, affordable, one-year certificate program has been sponsored by Duke for more than 30 years.  In 2016, the program moved into a brand new state-of-the-art education and training space to enhance every aspect of learning to become an OpTech​.

Read more about the Duke OpTech program in Vision Magazine 

Learn more about the curriculum 

What are the program requirements? 

Applicants who have completed high school, a Duke University Medical Center Allied Health application form, the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills, provided two letters of recommendation, and an essay will be considered for the program. 

View program requirements and application

Contact for more information:

Deborah Smith, COMT, BSBA
Coordinator of Education and Training
Program Director