About the Program
The ophthalmic medical technology program is a full-time, day program with one cohort of four students beginning each fall semester. The 24 months program consists of four fall/spring semesters and two summer semesters. The curriculum consists of 51 semester credits of prerequisite course work and 69 credits in the ophthalmic medical technology curriculum for a total of 120 credits. The program awards a Bachelor of Science in Ophthalmic Medical Technology.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements the student qualifies to apply to take the national certification examination. The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) grants permission for ophthalmic medical technology students to apply for and begin the certification process prior to graduation. Students are required to take the Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) certification examination in their final semester. The program’s mission, goals, and competencies/ learning outcomes can be found on the department website.
Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:
- Academic achievement
- Math and science aptitude
- Written and oral communication
The Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences was recently accepted to the Academic Common Market of the Southern Regional Education Board. Out-of-state students are subject to the out-of-state tuition rate; however, students in the following states may qualify for in-state tuition rates: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Prospective students from these states may visit the Academic Common Market of the Southern Regional Education Board at http://home.sreb.org/acm/rcp/rcp.aspx for more details on how to apply to attend the UAMS Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program.