Ophthalmic Medical Technologist Program

The application process into the 3rd and 4th years of our program takes place in February. The Faculty of Science at uOttawa usually sends out an announcement regarding the application process in January. Applicants may want to touch base with Louise Labelle at the Faculty of Science and she can provide the specific application details. In addition, Louise will review application academic files to determine what course credits could be applied to our program.

Most graduates are working as Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologists in hospitals or private clinics. Several graduates have gone on to do optometry and several others have gone on to medical school.

For those students not selected to the 3rd and 4th years of the program, can easily switch to another program within the Faculty of Science, as most of our courses in the 1st and 2nd year of the program can easily be credited towards other programs.

Students can find the pre-requisite courses to apply this program at Prerequisite courses - Ontario website.

The first two years of the degree are at the University of Ottawa campus and focus on general sciences. Students apply to the third and fourth years of the program. Students who meet the minimum requirements for grades and who have the prerequisite courses are accepted for an interview. These may be students who enrolled into the first year of the program at the University of Ottawa or students who have transferred into the third year from other programs or other Universities with a strong science background allowing them to meet the prerequisites of the Bachelor of Science (honours ophthalmic medical technology). The 4th year OMT students also participate in the frosh week with a booth and information booklets, which they distribute. The costs of the program are included in the tuition as set by the University of Ottawa.

Information on our program can be found on University of Ottawa website and the Eye Institute website.

Information on the profession as a whole can be found on the Certifying body’s website, JCAHPO (Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology).

Upon completion of this program, you would have a Bachelor of Science with Honours Ophthalmic Medical Technology.

Note that we currently do not offer additional training for those wanting to update their skills to a COMT.

Year 3

Fall Semester

OMT 3122 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
OMT 3123

Refractometry Optics & Optical Instruments

OMT 3124

Basic Diagnostics I

  • Perimetry
  • Ophthalmic Photography
*OMT 3125 Clinical Application I
* OMT 3231 Intro to Ophthalmic Technology: Basic Skills-I
* OMT 3128 Ophthalmic Basic Science Seminars
HSS 3101 Health Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

Winter Semester

OMT 3126

Ophthalmic Subspecialties

  • Glaucoma
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic Microbiology
OMT 3127

Basic Diagnostics II

  • Ocular Motility
  • Biometry
* OMT 3125 Clinical Application I
* OMT 3231 Intro to Ophthalmic Technology: Basic Skills-I
* OMT 3128 Ophthalmic Basic Science Seminars
Year 4

Fall Semester

OMT 4122

Advanced Diagnostics

  • Contact Lens Fitting
  • Ophthalmic Photography
  • Ocular Motility II
OMT 4123 Ophthalmic Pharmacology
* OMT 4224 Clinical Application II
* OMT 4201 Basic Skills-II
* OMT 4125 Ophthalmic Basic Science Seminars

Winter Semester

OMT 4126

Specialized Diagnostic Evaluations

  • Electrodiagnostics
  • Low Vision Assessment
OMT 4127 Advanced Perimetry
OMT 4128 Abnormalities of the Eye & Common Ocular Complaints
* OMT 4224 Clinical Application II
* OMT 4201 Basic Skills-II
* OMT 4125 Ophthalmic Basic Science Seminars

*Course is continuous throughout both Fall and Winter semesters

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