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Ophthalmic Technician

Quick Facts

Ophthalmic technicians are involved directly with patient care. Working under the direct supervision of an ophthalmologist, they are responsible for testing and measuring eye functions.

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Our Program

Why choose Ophthalmic Technician?

  • Help & care for others in eyecare settings
  • Establish interpersonal relationships with dental patients & team members
  • Use specialized ophthalmic equipment & technology to measure & document patients' eye statuses
  • Develop ongoing relationships with patients as well as your eyecare team

Prepare for what you will do at work

  • Use ophthalmic equipment to test patients' visions & eye functions
  • Teach patients how to use & take care of their corrective lenses
  • Take & document patients' medical histories
  • Record treatment information in patient records
  • Maintain & sterilize medical equipment

Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before you enroll, think about:

  • You will be in constant contact with others—both work colleagues & patients
  • These personality traits will help you succeed in your work as an Ophthalmic Technician:
    • Attention to detail
    • Accuracy in your tasks
    • Desire to help others
    • Ease with routine

Selective Admission

Ophthalmic Technician is a selective admission program.

After being accepted to TCC, you must meet the selective admission requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to our Ophthalmic Technician Program.

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Degrees & Certificates



Level 1

Level 2

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions are virtual.

Attending a virtual information session is an application requirement.

We will post session details as soon as we schedule them.


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Upcoming Accreditation Process

We plan to apply for initial accreditation of this new program through the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Ophthalmic Technician 60 $3,840
CRT1 Ophthalmic Assistant I 15 $960
CRT2 Ophthalmic Assistant II 32 $2,048


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Non-Credit Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to career and promotion opportunities.

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


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Fall & Spring Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Updated September 07, 2021