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 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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Licensing Notice: Texas House Bill 1508

This program prepares you for an occupational license. However, you may not be eligible for licensing if you have a prior criminal history.

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Degrees & Certificates



Level 1

Level 2

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About the Session

Find out everything you need to know about our program: requirements, courses, costs, and more.

Attending an information session is an application requirement. You will submit your Certificate of Attendance with your application.

Review the presentation slides and contact us if you have any questions: Ophthalmic Technician Information Session (PDF)Listen


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Kimberlyn Moore-Debrossard, Career Advisor

Call 817-515-1484
Email TR.HealthCareAdvising@tccd.edu


Our Ophthalmic Technician program is now fully accredited by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).

  • Ophthalmic Assistant I certificate program was granted continuing accreditation for 3 years in 2023, with the next comprehensive evaluation scheduled for 2026.
  • Ophthalmic Technician A.A.S. and Ophthalmic Assistant II certificate were granted initial accreditation in April 2024, with the next comprehensive evaluation scheduled for 2027.

For all inquiries about our program’s accreditation status, contact:

International Council of Accreditation for Allied Ophthalmic Education Training Programs

  • Address: 2025 Woodlane Dr., St. Paul, MN 55125, United States of America
  • Phone: 651-731-7242
  • Fax: 651-731-0410
  • International: +1 651-731-7242

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2024–2025 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Semester Credit Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Ophthalmic Technician 60 $4,140
CRT1 Ophthalmic Assistant I 15 $1,035
CRT2 Ophthalmic Assistant II 32 $2,208


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

Continuing Education 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.

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Kimberlyn Moore-Debrossard
Career Advisor

Call 817-515-1484

Email TR.HealthCareAdvising@tccd.edu

Advising by Appointment

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

Updated May 22, 2024