Ophthalmic Technician

Associate in Science

Ophthalmic Technician

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

Student Alert: This program has pending curricular actions.  For more information, please contact Patricia Lamell, North Campus at (904) 766-6679 or p.lamell@fscj.edu

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 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 for employment in ophthalmology practices. Successful completion of the certification examination provides international certification for an Ophthalmic Technician.   


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


FSCJ’s Ophthalmic Technician A.S. program has received a status of continuing accreditation by the International Council of Accreditation for Allied Ophthalmic Education Programs (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: 

International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO)

Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO)

Consortium of Ophthalmic Technical Programs (COTP)

Jacksonville Ophthalmic Medical Assistants (JOMA)


Years IJCAHPO Certification Examination Pass Rate Completion Rate Employment Rate
2019 75% 100% 100%
2018 63% 80% 100%
2017 64% 92% 91%


If you are considering employment in a state other than Florida, click here to ensure the program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for licensure or certification testing in that state.




Program Information

Limited access

Program Code:  2180

72 Credits

Start Term



July 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