Ophthalmic Technician Curriculum

The Duke Ophthalmic Technician program is a 51 week full-time instruction program.

The first three months are devoted to a core curriculum of classroom work with practical laboratories and hands-on experience under the guidance and supervision of skilled clinical staff and Duke physicians.

In subsequent months, students continue to attend classes and workshops and rotate through the Eye Center’s clinics. Students become active members of the patient care team.

Upon successful completion of the one-year Ophthalmic Technician Training Program, graduates receive a certificate from Duke Medical Center and are required to sit for the JCAHPO national certification exam for Technicians.

What you will learn:

  • Medical History taking
  • Visual field testing
  • Visual acuity testing
  • Contact lens fitting and refractometry for eye glasses
  • Lensometry
  • Ocular pharmacology
  • Keratometry
  • Color vision testing
  • Measuring eye pressure
  • Ophthalmic photography 
  • Ophthalmic surgical assisting
  • General medicine and CPR
  • Ocular anatomy/physiology/disease
  • Optics
  • Eye muscle evaluation
  • Evaluation of refractive surgery candidates
  • Use of imaging devices and diagnostic instrumentation

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

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

Semester 1 - July 5 - December 21, 2018
Semester 2 - January 2 - June 20, 2019
Holidays - Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day

Completion of the Duke OpTech program and passing your COT exam can provide 18 credit hours toward a degree. See how.


Contact for more information:

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