Skip to main content

Kingston Ophthalmic Training Centre

The Kingston Ophthalmic Training Centre’s diploma programs provide students with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and experience needed to work competently, effectively and safely as an ophthalmic technician or ophthalmic medical technologist.

Program Details

We are based in the Queen’s Department of Ophthalmology at Kingston Health Sciences Centre in Kingston, Ontario. We offer a unique ophthalmic training experience, consisting of an Ophthalmic Technician diploma program, followed by the option to complete an Ophthalmic Medical Technologist diploma program.

Students will study content areas specific to allied ophthalmic medical personnel, but will also attend the Queen’s ophthalmology residency lectures and the Department of Ophthalmology grand rounds to help round out their didactic education.

Ashley Alexander
Program Coordinator
Kingston Ophthalmic Training Centre

 

Being based in a busy hospital eye clinic, our programs feature an unparalleled hands-on clinical experience. This unique learning environment consists of supervised time seeing patients in a variety of sub-specialty clinics and ophthalmic diagnostic areas.  Graduates will possess the knowledge and applicable skills required to enter the workforce as proficient members of the eye care team.

The Kingston Ophthalmic Training Centre is a member of the International Council of Accreditation and is approved by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. Graduates of our program are eligible to write JCAHPO’s Ophthalmic Technician and Ophthalmic Medical Technologist certification exams. 

 Courses

The ophthalmic technician (OT) program is a 10-month, full-time program providing students with the required knowledge and skills to fully integrate into an ophthalmology practice as an ophthalmic technician. During the program the students attend KOTC classes specific to ophthalmic technicians but also attend the ophthalmology residency lectures and the Department of Ophthalmology grand rounds to help round out their didactic education. The clinical experience consists of  supervised time seeing patients in a variety of sub-specialty areas and ophthalmic diagnostic areas giving them the maximum exposure to the profession.  

 

Course Prerequisites 

Enrollment into the ophthalmic technician program is by competitive application. Below are the minimum requirements:

  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate

  • Students must be capable of providing adequate ophthalmic patient care

  • Previous experience in the eye care field will be considered

     

For more information, please click here.

The ophthalmic medical technologist (OMT)  program builds on the foundations of the ophthalmic technician program focusing on advanced ophthalmic diagnostic procedures., It  is a 10-month, full time  program after the completion of the ophthalmic technician program. OMT students will continue with their clinical experience while learning advanced ophthalmic skills including ophthalmic ultrasound, advanced ophthalmic imaging skills, and electrophysiology

 

Course Prerequisites

Enrollment into the ophthalmic medical technologist program is by competitive application. Below are the minimum requirements:

  • Minimum of 2 years equivalent of post-secondary education (college or university)

  • Completion of the KOTC ophthalmic technician program OR completion of another ophthalmic technician program

  • Completion of PLA when required

  • Students must be capable of providing adequate ophthalmic patient care

 

For more information, please click here.

About the profession

Distance Learning

About Our Program

Application Process

Enrollment into the technician program is by competitive application. Please download the application form below for classed starting this summer. A completed application must include the following:

  • Completed and signed application
  • Essay
  • Copy of educational transcripts (originals are not required)

From all completed applications received by the posted deadline, the selection committee will produce a list of candidates who will be offered interviews. Positions into the program will be offered to the selected candidates from the interview pool.

Important application dates:

  1. Accepting applications until February 28, 2020.
  2. Interviews take place in March, with classes beginning in August.

 

Contact Us