Program in Ophthalmic Medical Technology
The complexity of ophthalmic medicine has been steadily growing, along with the demand for individuals with the knowledge and skills to work in this critical aspect of eye care. That is why the Faculty of Science offers a program in Ophthalmic Medical Technology.
This program begins with two years of core sciences, followed by third- and fourth-year studies dealing specifically with ophthalmology and visual science.
Admission to the third year of this program is very limited. A maximum of four students can be admitted. To be admissible to third year, a student must have successfully completed all compulsory 1000- and 2000-level courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 6.0. A personal interview with the admission committee will determine which applicants are most qualified to succeed in the field of ophthalmic medical technology.
Graduates of the program are eligible and expected to sit for the written and practical board exams given by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.
The Eye Institute
Academic terms for students registered in years three and four of the program will be held at the Eye Institute of the University of Ottawa and will be from mid-July to December (fall term) and from January to June (winter term).
Applicants are thereby advised and encouraged, early in the program, to visit the Institute located at the Ottawa Hospital as well as various ophthalmology clinics and meet with ophthalmic personnel in order to gain an understanding of the duties in a variety of settings.
Students that are not accepted in year three of the ophthalmic medical technology program, and that have completed their first two years in science, can, if they wish, transfer into another program of the Faculty of Science. The first two years are very similar, although not identical, to the first two years in biology, biochemistry, biopharmaceutical science, and general science. They should meet with a counselor to establish the list of courses that will be credited to their new program.
After you graduate
Working with recent developments in pharmacology, genetics, ophthalmic lasers and imaging systems, graduates will be able to contribute to enhancing an important dimension of the health of Canadians.