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Ophthalmic Technology (Health Sciences, B.S.)

Ophthalmic Technology

Degree Level: Undergraduate
College: Health Sciences
Major : Health Sciences
School: Medical Diagnostic & Translational Sciences
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science

Quick Facts

  • 100% employment after graduation
  • Most student pass national written boards on the first attempt
  • Three of our past graduates have gone on to Optometry School

Do you want a career where you work with different types of people on a daily basis? Do you want to make a difference in peoples' lives? Do you want variety in your job? Do you want to work independently? Do you want to be respected by physicians? Do you want to make a good salary directly upon graduation? Do you want to have fun at work? Is a supervisory job attractive to you? Do you want great benefits and paid continuing education? Look into a career in Ophthalmic Technology.

Related Experiences

Ophthalmic Technology

There are many clinical rotation sites with private ophthalmology offices and hospitals. These clinical rotation sites help with training in pediatrics, contact lens fitting, clinical diagnostics, and surgical assisting. The program also has a training site in Roanoke, Virginia. The practice in Roanoke liked their train tech so much that they asked if we could send more. Since the commute was a bit far, they agreed to put the student up in an extended stay hotel for 6 weeks while they work in the practice alongside their doctors and staff.


The program has gained a national reputation for high quality graduates.

100% of graduates have employment prior to graduation or shortly thereafter

Ophthalmic Technology lends itself to various career avenues including:

  • Private practice ophthalmology offices - both general ophthalmology or specialized
  • Hospital settings
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Training in ophthalmic equipment

Alumni Story

Anthony "Andy" Pachuta spent 27 years in the United States Navy. He retired as a full Captain. He decided to do a total career change and found the Ophthalmic Technology Program at Old Dominion. He had some teaching experience prior to his naval career so upon graduation he was offered the position of Clinical Instructor with the Ophthalmic Technology Program. People meet Andy sometimes don't believe he was a Naval Captain; his Navy buddies can't believe he actually did the career change; we believe we hired the perfect clinical instructor.

Classes & Requirements

Ophthalmic Technology is a subspecialty within the field of ophthalmology. The 22 month program begins in August. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP) since 1985. We are proud to be one of only five programs in the country and be one of only two that offers a Bachelor of Science Degree. Ophthalmic Medical Technologists perform eye exams, collect data, and perform special testing to aid the Ophthalmologist in diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Students train alongside the Residents in Ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School which provides a unique learning experience.

Each student is required to take national written board exams as a requirement of graduation.
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Next Steps & Admission

Program Specific Admission Requirements

  • Must have 60 college credits (junior standing prior to beginning the program)
  • College Algebra grade of at least a "B" (some exceptions considered)
  • Anatomy & Physiology

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