Apply to the Duke Ophthalmic Technician Program

The Duke Ophthalmic Technician program is a 51-week program which begins in July of each year.   

The application period for Fall 2023 now open.

Apply today

The application deadline for Fall 2023 is April 15, 2023.

Application Process

What you will need when submitting your application:

  1. A copy of your high school diploma or equivalent certificate. Students applying for the program prior to receiving their high school diploma must include a letter from their counselor attesting to their impending successful graduation, and provide a copy of their diploma when received.
  2. Official transcript(s) from all post high school education.
  3. Completion of an ATI-TEAS Allied Health assessment.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from previous employers or course instructors.
  5. A 250-word essay on your reasons or motivations and desire to enter the program. 
  6. A $50 non-refundable processing fee paid online once you submit your online application.

TEAS-Allied Health test

An ATI-TEAS-Allied Health test is required for application to the program.

  • Register, schedule, and take the ATI-TEAS Allied Health (AH) Test online proctored by ATI or in-person at a PSI testing center.   
  • Send your official transcript to Duke Ophthalmic Technician Program after you finish the test.   Log into your student account after you finish testing and select SEND TRANSCRIPT under TEAS activity. Select Duke Ophthalmic Technician Program to send your official transcript directly to the program director. 
  • The fee to take the ATI TEAS test is the responsibility of the applicant.

Admission process

  • The Admissions Committee reviews each application.
  • Qualified applicants are invited to participant in an interview.  
  • Each applicant will complete a background-check after the interview.
  • Upon receipt of background-check results, applicants are notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision. 
  • Acceptance, denial, or deferred admission notifications will occur by May 31.

If accepted, you will be notified by email with a link to electronically sign a letter of intent and provided instructions to pay the $500.00 non-refundable tuition deposit online. 

Once the letter of intent is signed and the tuition deposit is paid, the applicant will be notified by email of official enrollment.  The tuition deposit will be applied to first semester tuition.

Duke University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disabilities in its admission policies.

Contact for more information:

919-681-9157

optech@duke.edu