Ophthalmic Technician Program Application Requirements

We offer two, 51-week, programs per year.  Courses begin in early January and early July each year.

Applications are accepted year-round, but must be received prior to the deadline for the program to which you are applying.
                July program application deadline – April 15
                January program application deadline – October 15

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following by mail to our program director, Deborah Smith:

  1. A completed Duke School of Medicine Allied Health application form with a photograph.
  2. 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.
  3. Official transcript(s) from all post high school education.
  4. Two original letters of recommendation from previous employers or course instructors.
  5. A 250-word essay on your reasons or motivations for wanting to enter the program. 
  6.  A $50 non-refundable processing fee by check or money order payable to Duke University.

TEAS-Allied Health test

A TEAS-Allied Health test is required for application to the program. It is important to register for, schedule, and take your TEAS-Allied Health Test with PSI.  PSI a testing center with locations across the country.  The fee to take the TEAS-Allied Health Test with PSI is the responsibility of the applicant. Your official transcript of your TEAS test will be sent directly to the program director.

Admission process

  • the Admissions Committee reviews each application
  • qualified applicants are invited to Duke Eye Center for interviews. Each applicant will complete a background-check authorization 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 for a July start date, or November 30 for a January start date  

If accepted, enrollment occurs when the program director receives a letter of intent and a $500.00 non-refundable tuition deposit in the form of a check or money order payable to Duke University.  The student will be notified of official enrollment, and the $500.00 tuition deposit will be applied to the 1st semester tuition.

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

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Contact for more information:

Deborah Smith, COMT, BSBA
Coordinator of Education and Training
Program Director
2351 Erwin Rd. 
DUMC 3802
Durham, NC 27710