Ophthalmic Technician Program Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Ophthalmic Technician Program is to:

  • To demonstrate reliability, self-discipline, cooperativeness, and professional deportment and demeanor in all activities related to Eye Care
  • To help students in developing life skills of critical thinking. effective communication, professional behaviors, as well as demonstrate safe & ethical practices
  • Provide curriculum that is built around the Accreditation standards as well as enriching learning experiences for the students.
  • Helping create professionals who are trained to preserve eye health by being a vital team member of the growing and in demand Eye Care field
  • To provide a Hybrid learning structure for students to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, which will prepare graduates to take the certification exam and to meet the needs of the community, as determined by the needs assessment which provided the basis for this program's establishment
  • To collaborate with student support services to market the profession of Eye Care and Ophthalmology, and advise potential program applicants, orient ECA Program and Ophthalmic Technician students to College services and provide special academic assistance where necessary



Upon completion of the Ophthalmic Tech Program, the graduate should be able to:

  • To demonstrate and be skilled in diagnostic testing as required by the standards and guidelines of JCAHPO and CoA-OMP
  • To assist the ophthalmologist & optometrist by performing delegable tasks
  • Collecting data, administering treatment, assisting in ophthalmic surgical procedures, and supervising patients in a safe and effective manner deemed appropriate according to the training level and may be delegated by a supervising ophthalmologist as applicable by law
  • Become skilled professionals, qualified by didactic and clinical ophthalmic training, who perform ophthalmic procedures under the direction or supervision of a licensed ophthalmologist who is responsible for the performance of the ophthalmic medical technician
  • Render supportive services to the ophthalmologist, optometrist and management
  • Assist the physician by collecting data necessary to reach those decisions and by transmitting and executing the ophthalmologist's instructions
  • Have knowledge, problem-solving skills, psychomotor, behavioral, and clinical competencies as well as demonstrate clinical thinking
  • Skillfully and accurately perform the clinical diagnostic tests and patient services in conformation with the didactic curriculum
  • Relate tactfully and sympathetically to patients as adapt to patient's needs
  • Demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken communication skills with patients, families and staff
  • Demonstrate the ability to contribute to the profession and community


Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

  1. Attend an advising session
  2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
  3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to healthcareadvising@cod.edu. (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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