Ophthalmic Technician Program

Can you see yourself as an allied ophthalmic professional? Ophthalmologists in health systems and private practices all over the world employ ophthalmic technicians (OpTechs) to assist in caring for patients with eye diseases or injuries. An OpTech initiates a patient exam by taking a comprehensive history, assessing and documenting visual status, and performing measurements and diagnostic testing procedures to gather necessary information to prepare each patient to see their doctor. An OpTech also performs ancillary testing and imaging procedures for diagnostic and documentation purposes. An OpTech may assist in clinical and surgical settings, and is a valuable member of the eye care team. Often, an OpTech will advance to a leadership role in the clinic.

About the Program

Program Information Session

OpTech Training at Duke

Duke’s accredited, affordable, one-year certificate program has been graduating students for more than 35 years. In 2016, the program moved into a new well-equipped 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 

Application and Program Requirements

Eligible applicants are required to have:

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • A high school diploma or equivalent, no college degree or college pre-requisites are required.
  • The physical ability and stamina to provide safe patient care
  • The age of 18 prior to beginning clinical rotations
  • A passing score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

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Contact for more information:

Deborah Smith, COMT, BS, OSC
Coordinator of Education and Training
Program Director