Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

  • Two academic years; four semesters which are 15 weeks long and two 10 week summer sessions for a total of six semesters.

How many students are in each class?

  • Each class usually consists of 4-5 students

Can out of state students apply and be accepted?

  • Yes
  • Out-of-state students are subject to the out-of-state tuition rate.  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 may visit the Academic Common Market of the Southern Regional Education Board at for more details on how to apply to attend the UAMS Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program.

When can I come for a tour of the campus?

  • Please contact the department at 501-526-5880 to schedule a time to visit our campus.  Appointments are scheduled typically for a 3 hour session Monday – Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM.

Can I work while going to school?

  • We recommend that students limit their work hours to part-time while in the program and to limit work hours on weekdays due the class and clinic schedule.  Students may not receive monetary compensation when fulfilling program requirements for supervised clinical practicum.

What hours will be in attendance at school while enrolled in the ophthalmic medical technology program?

  • In general the schedule is 8:00 to 4:30 most days.  Occasionally, some classes meet as early as 7:00.  Students are also required to attend 6 Grand Rounds presentations each semester and these occur every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00.

What is the deadline for admission applications?

  • May 1

When do classes begin?

  • Students are admitted once a year for the fall semester, and classes begin in August.

Is it “hard” to get accepted into the program?

  • Admission to the program is competitive with the advantage going to those students with completed prerequisite courses and higher cumulative GPAs.

Should I send a college transcript for all college coursework?

  • Yes, it is a requirement for admission.

Is financial aid available?

  • Yes. Interested individuals may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (telephone 501-686-5451) for information concerning available grants, loans and scholarships.

Do I have to have every prerequisite course completed before I can apply for admission?

  • No, at the time of application (deadline: May 1), all prerequisite course work does not have to be completed.  The program requires 56 SC (semester credits) of prerequisite course work to be completed prior to enrolling in the ophthalmic medical technology program.   Students lacking up to 8 SC of the 56 SC of preprofessional courses may be considered for admission to the program with the understanding that all preprofessional courses will be completed within one year of entry into the ophthalmic medical technology program

What courses are recommended as biology electives?

If I am past the traditional college age, am I too old to enter the ophthalmic medical technology program?

  • Certainly not.  Student ages in the program range from 20 to 45.

Are ophthalmic medical technologists at risk for Infectious diseases?

  • Ophthalmic medical technologists are at no greater risk than any other health care professional. Policies and procedures for immunization, testing, and post-exposure incidents have been developed to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and extramural site recommendations or policies. Ophthalmic medical technology students, in the course of their clinical responsibilities, have exposure to blood, blood products, tissue, secretions, or body fluids of patients potentially containing hepatitis B (HBV) and are at risk for HBV as well as other infectious diseases.