Ophthalmic Technician

About Our Program

Would you like to be an important part of an office or hospital clinical team who helps people see better? Would you like to be the first person after the patient has had surgery to give them the good news on how well they can see and that they may be able to drive independently once again? Would you like to be well-respected by the patients, office staff and doctors? Would you like to make a difference in the lives of people by improving their vision? Would you like to be the person who answers the important patient telephone calls when the doctor is not available?

As a student in the HFC Ophthalmic Technician program, you can pursue an associate degree in Applied Science and be ready to take the International Certified Ophthalmic Technician exam right after graduation. The program offers a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to succeed as an ophthalmic technician.

The International Certified Ophthalmic Technician program is the only Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)-accredited Ophthalmic Technician program in the state of Michigan

Ophthalmic technicians work in a variety of places and environments. Many work in offices, such as a doctor’s private office or a hospital clinic setting. Others may work for ambulatory care centers and outpatient surgery departments in the operating room (OR) assisting with eye surgeries.

During an average day, an ophthalmic technician may test patients for glasses, fit contact lenses, assist with minor office surgeries, answer phone calls from patients and act as a liaison between the patient and the physician. The ophthalmic technician must be resourceful, responsible, detail-oriented and well-organized.

  • Externship Opportunities

    Practicing skills in the lab is fun and prepares students for their externships.

  • Average salary $42,500 per year

    Local salary wage for Ophthalmic Medical Technicians.

  • 23.2% job growth

    Job growth for Ophthalmic Medical Technicians expected from 2016-2025 locally.

  • Only Accredited program in Michigan

    HFC's Ophthalmic Technician Program prepares the student to take the International Certified Technician Examination administered by the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

  • Hands-on Learning

    The Ophthalmic Technician Program has three patient exam stations set up in the labs for students to gain hands-on experience.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    The Ophthalmic Technician Program participates with local Ophthalmologists to perform free eye examinations for the indigent. The students gain valuable experience by assisting with the vision testing at the sites.

Student Testimonials

  • Zaneb Alshibil

    Zaneb Alshibil

    The ophthalmic technician program at HFC has opened my eyes (pun intended) to an exciting and lucrative career. The classes are upbeat and hands-on, which allows students to absorb material more quickly and efficiently.

    Our program director Mrs. Campbell is a phenomenal instructor and her passion for the field shines through. She works to ensure a quality education for each student in the classroom. This program has been the best investment I’ve made for myself and I’m excited to share the knowledge I’ve gained from this program with the entire world!"

  • Heather Pierce

    Heather Pierce

    I chose this program because of my love for eyes and the ophthalmic field. I live in Auburn Hills and drive 45 minutes to attend HFC. Not only is this the best program, but the only program in the state. I love coming to class every day and always leave with a sense of accomplishment. This program has made me excited for my future and my career goals have become so much bigger because of Mrs. Campbell."

  • Kristina Morton

    Kristina Morton

    I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to be a part of the HFC Ophthalmic Technician program. The program is well-planned with all the information and hands-on resources in the classroom and lab setting. Because of this, students are confident, prepared to take the JCAHPO certification tests and start a career that is in high demand in the ophthalmic field. I would highly recommend this program to students looking for a great training experience that will transition them into a great career opportunity."

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Faculty

Lists the faculty associated with this program and their contact information.
Contact
Kathy Campbell
FT Faculty - Ophthalmic Technician
B.S., Central Michigan University*; M.Sc.A., Central Michigan University* kacampbell4@hfcc.edu