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Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Program Information Session

CCC&TI has been training OMP students since 2000

Students working in an OMP  Lab environment

The OMP program at CCC&TI

  • Accredited by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA)
  • Member of the Consortium of Ophthalmic Training Programs (COTP)

Eye Care Professionals

  • Opticians
    • Dispense glasses and contact lenses
  • Optometrists
    • Primary eye care
  • Ophthalmologists
    • Diseases and surgery of the eyes
Optometrist performing an eye exam

Ophthalmic Medical Personnels

  • Dependent health care providers
  • Ophthalmology or optometry offices
  • Perform tasks under the supervision of an MD/OD
  • Vital member of the eye care team
Patient looking into a piece of equipment

Ophthalmic Medical Technician

As of January 2009 the ophthalmic allied health profession was approved as a separate occupational listing in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupational Classification. All levels of ophthalmic personnel are included in this classification.

29-2057 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.

  • Source: US Department of Labor

Levels of certification

  • Certified ophthalmic assistant (COA®)
  • Certified ophthalmic technician (COT®)
  • Certified ophthalmic medical technologist (COMT®)

IJCAHPO Certification

  • Computer based exam during final semester of our program
  • Continuing education requirement—18 credits each 37 months

Please be aware that:

To ensure the public health and safety of all patients, most disciplines of Health Science require registration, certification or licensure to work in one of the fields of health care. Most examining boards require proof of good moral character to apply to take the registration, certification or licensure exam. This means that any criminal conviction may limit applicants from being eligible to become registered, licensed or certified. If you have any further questions please contact IJCAHPO at 800 284-3937.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screens

Some clinical affiliates are requiring that students submit to a criminal background check and/or drug screen prior to placement. The cost for these tests is the responsibility of the student. Students who are refused by a clinical site due to failure to pass these screenings will not be allowed to progress in the program.

What sorts of tasks do Ophthalmic Medical Personnel perform?

  • History taking and triage
  • Basic ocular measurements such as:
    • Vision
    • muscle balance
    • intraocular pressure
  • Special testing—visual fields and imaging
  • Surgical assisting
  • Optical and contact lens work
eye sight testing equipment

What is involved in the program?

  • 1 year diploma program
  • Curriculum completed in 3 semesters
  • New class begins each May
  • Classroom/lab instruction
  • Clinical instruction


For more information about course descriptions or required courses, refer to the current CCC&TI Course Catalog.

Clinical Affiliations

  • Asheville Eye Associates
  • Davidson Eye
  • Davis Ophthalmology
  • Duke Eye Center
  • Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat
  • Gaston Eye
  • Graystone Eye
  • Horizon Eye
  • Lake Norman Ophthalmology
  • Metrolina Eye Associates
  • Morganton Eye Physicians, PA
  • Summit Eye Care
  • UNC Health Care
  • Wake Forest University at Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest University at Baptist Medical Center


  • Brian C. Adair, MD
       Medical Director
  • Faith M. Race, BS, COT, OSC
       Program Director, Instructor
  • Allie Hoyle
Group shot fo the OMP  faculty

Time Commitment
(excluding basic courses)

  • Most students spend at least 2 hours outside of class for every hour in class
  • 3 days a week clinical during the fall and spring semesters

Readiness Checklist

  • I am in good health and physical condition to meet the demands of the program.
  • I have the financial plan and means to complete the program.
  • I have adequate, stable, flexible childcare.
  • I have dependable, personal transportation and will be able to commute to clinical sites.
  • I am committed to making adjustments in order to complete the program.
  • I am ready to attend class at least 6-8 hours per week and study outside of class.
  • I can devote 24 hours each week to school in order to be successful. (Does not include time spent commuting to your clinical site)
  • My family & friends understand the demands of the program and support my decision to complete the program.

Admission Requirements

  1. CCC&TI application
  2. High school transcript or high school equivalency
  3. College transcripts (if applicable)
  4. Meet eligibility requirements to enroll in gateway English and math requirements
  5. Online OMP information session or Interview with Program Faculty
  6. Request a MAR (Minimum Admissions Requirements) Review by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Office

After you are accepted you will need to:

  • Submit a completed health form including immunizations
  • Order and submit a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Complete a CPR course for health care providers
  • Attend an in depth program orientation session

Apply for Financial Aid today

It is never too late to apply. CCC&TI encourages all students to apply for Financial Aid.

Ask Financial Aid regarding scholarship opportunities! Call 828.726.2713 for information.

Other Resources

Jennifer Etters
Career Coach
The Cognitive Connection
O:828.256.3436 ext: 23
Fax: 828.256.3623

  • A program where students who are not yet enrolled in college can get tuition, books, gas vouchers, etc. from this WIOA program.
  • For students who are aged 18-24.


Graduates of our program are employed by MD and OD practices and in university medical centers


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that ophthalmic medical technicians in the state North Carolina earned on the average of $16.00 hourly/$33,290 yearly.Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 


For additional information:

Faith Race at 828.726.2248 frace@cccti.edu
Allie Hoyle at 828.726.2275 ahoyle@cccti.edu

For more information on a career in ophthalmology check out these web site:

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Graduates of the OMP  program

To Receive Credit for Completion of this online information session presentation:

Complete the Online Information Session Form (includes the Criminal Background Checks for Health Sciences Students Form).

If you prefer to complete the information session in person, contact Faith Race at 828.726.2248 or frace@cccti.edu to schedule.


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Ruthie Price
Health Sciences Admissions
Student Services
Office: Caldwell–F–123 Work Phone: 828.726.2711
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Faith Moscato Race
Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Program
Health Sciences
Office: Caldwell–H–115 Work Phone: 828.726.2248