Ophthalmic Technician

Associate in Science

Ophthalmic Technician

The human visual system, ocular pathology, management of ocular disease processes and optical measurements

The Ophthalmic Technician Associate in Science (A.S.) degree prepares students for an entry-level position in medical and surgical eye care including an ophthalmic assistant and eye technician. The program combines general education and technical courses with laboratory and clinical instruction. Students participate in a practicum experience at local ophthalmic clinics and practices. Upon completion of the professional and clinical coursework, students are eligible and required to sit for the international certifying examination at the Ophthalmic Technician level allowing students to gain optometry jobs and to become a certified ophthalmic technician.  


The Ophthalmic Technician program is accredited by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).


FSCJ’s Ophthalmic Technician A.S. program has received a status of continuing accreditation by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).  The recent peer review conducted by ICA recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards. The next comprehensive evaluation of the program is scheduled to occur in 2023.

Industry Associations: 

Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Personnel in Ophtalmology 

Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology

Consortium of Ophthalmic Technical Programs (COTP) 

Years JCAHPO Certification Examination Pass Rate Completion Rate Employment Rate
2016 80% 31% 100%
2015 83% 61% 90%
2014 50% 35% 80%

Program Information

Limited access

Program Code:  2180

72 Credits

Start Term



May 15

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees: Approximately $7,551*
Financial aid is available, if qualified. 

Program Fact Sheet  

Academic Degree Plan  


Contact Information

Phone: (904) 713-4545

*Tuition reflects Florida resident rates and are subject to change. Certain classes that require labs may have additional fees for lab supplies. Additional fees are published in the class schedule