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 Education Program (OTEP) at the Southern California Eye Institute is one of only 14
programs nationally, and the only one in California that prepares individuals to become Ophthalmic
Technicians. The one-year OTEP program integrates academic coursework, technical skills, and clinical training in preparation for
a career as an ophthalmic technician.
Through a series of courses, students learn the structure and function of the
visual system, master a broad range of diagnostic tests and procedures, administer to, and educate patients, and
become essential members of eye care teams. Clinical rotations at the Southern California Eye Institute and its
affiliated health centers offer students supervised real-world experience in the testing, diagnosis and treatment of
OTEP students practice professional and technical skills through a series of clinical rotations. Students are
required to spend approximately 15 hours a week in clinical rotations, but the scheduling of clinic time is flexible, offering
students the flexibility to work part-time while enrolled in OTEP if they desire. Small class sizes assure personal
attention and the opportunity to practice developing skills under close supervision. This training prepares
graduates for positions in a variety of settings including private practice offices, hospitals, and community-based
OTEP didactic courses are offered online. 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.
Due to the generous financial support of the Fox Family Foundation, tuition for OTEP is waived. However, students who are accepted into the program are required to submit a non-refundable $350.00 deposit to secure their position in the program.
Program dates: July 5, 2022 - June 30, 2023
Winter break: December 26, 2022 - January 2, 2023
Application deadline: May 31, 2022
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.