The delivery of quality healthcare is the responsibility of a team of professionals working in concert with patients
and their families. In response to this dynamic, the Southern California Eye Institute has established the
Ophthalmic Technician Education Program (OTEP) with the mission to prepare highly skilled allied health
professionals committed to serving the eye care needs of individuals of all ages. Ophthalmic Technicians conduct
various tests and procedures that inform ophthalmologists in the diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision
Ophthalmic technicians work closely with patients and their families to help them understand their vision conditions
and assure compliance with treatment protocols. OTEP students have the unique opportunity to pair their coursework
with clinical experience. If you are interested in healthcare, enjoy working as a member of a professional team, and
want to have a positive impact on quality of life issues, you should consider becoming an ophthalmic technician. For
any questions regarding the OTEP program, please contact OTEP Coordinator, Dr. Carlos Lastra Gonzalez, at
The Ophthalmic Technician Training Program at the Southern California Eye Institute is a 12-month educational and workforce training program that prepares ophthalmic medical personnel to assist ophthalmologists in the prevention, detection, and treatment of vision impairments. The comprehensive curriculum integrates core academic knowledge with supervised clinical training to provide graduates with a pathway to a career as certified ophthalmic technicians. As part of OTEPs commitment to fostering well-rounded professionals, students participate in outreach activities whereby the broader public is informed about eye health issues and OTEP students gain further practice in technical, interpersonal and communication skills.
OTEP is a non-degree program that awards graduates a Certificate of Completion by the Southern California Eye Institute. As part of our dedication to maintaining the highest standards of training, OTEP is in the process of accreditation by the International Council of Accreditation* (ICA). Graduates interested in becoming certified ophthalmic technicians (COT) must pass examinations offered by the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO). For more information about ICA and IJCAHPO please visit the respective websites: www.icaccreditation.org and https://www.jcahpo.org.
OTEP didactic courses are offered online on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 PM to 8PM. Lectures are augmented with simulations and activities that allow students to become familiar with and learn how to perform ophthalmic procedures and tests expected of ophthalmic technicians. This practice builds confidence so that students are more comfortable working in a clinical setting.
Lectures will be recorded and made available to students one day after their online presentation.
Students will be required to complete a total of 750 clinical training hours under the supervision of a preceptor to graduate from the program. This works out to be approximately 15 hours of clinic training per week for the one-year course. The scheduling of clinic training hours is flexible.
OTEP is offered tuition free for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please contact OTEP at email@example.com for information on future tuition costs. Upon acceptance into the program, a $350.00 non-refundable deposit must be made to secure your position.
OTEP is an educational and workforce training program that prepares highly skilled and compassionate ophthalmic technicians to become key members of the eyecare team. To successfully complete the program and graduate from OTEP, students must:
Students who meet the above requirements will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by the Southern California Eye Institute.
Program dates: July 5, 2023 - June 28, 2024
Winter break: December 22, 2023 - January 8, 2024
Application deadline: May 19, 2023
Print out an application from the link below, read instructions carefully,
complete all sections, sign and date. Application materials must be sent electronically to
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Upon receipt and review of all application materials, an admissions committee will invite qualified candidates for virtual interviews.
OTEP is a non-degree program that awards Certificates of Completion by the Southern California Eye Institute upon successful completion of the 12-month program. Successful completion of all required IJCAHPO examinations is required to achieve certification at the ophthalmic technician level.
For more information about the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology Certification (JCAHPO), please visit