The Duke Ophthalmic Technician program provides a unique opportunity for a comprehensive classroom education and nine months of clinical rotations, completed in one year. The Duke Ophthalmic Technician program is accredited by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).

Lectures and Workshops

Instructor with Student teaching eye imaging skills

The first three months of the program include an in depth curriculum of lectures and practical workshops.  

The classroom portion of the program provides students with the fundamentals to begin clinical rotations.

Initial intro classes are onsite at Duke Eye Center.  Classes are held Monday through Friday and students are expected to be available from the hours of 8am - 5pm.  There are occasional lectures that happen at 7 am and some that start at 6 pm. It is a full-time experience and students must be available to be fully dedicated to the program.

Clinical Rotations

In the final nine months of the program, students advance their knowledge and skills through vast clinical rotations under the guidance and supervision of seasoned ophthalmic technician staff and Duke Eye Center physicians.   

Students apply their skills and gain a greater understanding of complex ophthalmic conditions while also becoming essential and valued members of our Duke Eye Center eye care teams.  

Students must complete 1000 hours of clinic time, so they are expected to be at their clinical rotation site from 8am - 4:30pm each day.

OpTech Vision Screening
Vision Screening
Student at Phoropter
Eye Exam
OpTech at imaging equipment

Program Completion

Upon successful completion of the Duke Ophthalmic Technician Program, graduates receive a certificate from the Duke University School of Medicine and are prepared to pass the IJCAHPO certification exam for ophthalmic technicians. 

To learn more about the program admissions, see the Duke University School of Medicine Bulletin.