Goals and Competencies

The Department of Ophthalmic Technologies in the College of Health Professions (CHP) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is dedicated to clinical and academic excellence in teaching and patient care.  The Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program is designed to provide students with an outstanding education in preparation for a satisfying professional career as ophthalmic medical technologists, as well as to provide a foundation for leadership in the profession.

The Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program involves motivation, curiosity, professional fulfillment and personal satisfaction.  The work is both challenging and rewarding.  Interaction with faculty, clinical staff, and ophthalmologists is essential and is the key to the program.  Students engage in intensive classes and clinical laboratories, and clinical training in area health care facilities.

The overall purpose of the program is to provide a high quality education that is relevant and professionally sound to meet the ophthalmic needs in the health care community.  It will be necessary for the ophthalmic medical technologists to cooperate with all members of the health care team in identifying and providing diagnostic testing that relate to ophthalmic care.  Ophthalmic medical technologists must be able to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate judgment and provide self direction.  It is a primary objective of the program to educate well qualified, competent ophthalmic medical technologists who demonstrate leadership ability. 

The Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program within the Department of Ophthalmic Technologies is dedicated to the philosophy and goals of the College and University.  The Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program is designed to offer the student planned learning experiences to provide the knowledge, skills and values that will culminate in successful employment of the graduate as an ophthalmic medical technologist or further academic success in the ophthalmic field.  The specific program goals are as follows: 

Goal 1:  Graduates of the program will be prepared to function as competent ophthalmic medical technologists.

  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate information relevant to the role of the ophthalmic medical technologist. 
  • Graduates will demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an ophthalmic medical technologist.
  • Graduates will demonstrate affective behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the ophthalmic medical technologist. 

 Goal 2:  Graduates of the program will contribute to the needs of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology profession and the health care community.

  • Upon completion of the program, graduates will seek and obtain employment as ophthalmic medical technologists or pursue further education in a related field.
  • Graduates will demonstrate leadership skills consistent with professional and employer expectations for the ophthalmic medical technologist. 


As a university based program, the Department of Ophthalmic Technologies must also make an appropriate contribution in the areas of research, service and patient care.  With respect to research and scholarship, the department may conduct and publish original research studies, participate in the publication of textbooks and chapters, and present abstracts and other invited presentations based on original research.  Service activities may include participation on local, state and national professional boards and committees, community service, university service activities and continuing education.  Patient care is integral to departmental teaching, research and service activities.



 At the end of the senior year of the program, the student will be given a comprehensive Skill Test and written Exit Exam.  The skill examination will be administered during the summer session of the senior year as part of OPH 4412 Clinical Practicum VI.  A passing score is required to successfully complete OPH 4412, as well as to meet graduation and program completion requirements (see Graduation Requirements).  Students who fail to receive a passing score on the first attempt will be given a conditional score and will retake the skill examination on a date specified by the department.  A score of 80% is required to pass the department comprehensive written Exit Exam by the end of the semester.  Those students who do not pass on the first attempt can retake the exam following 5 working days of the previous exam.  Students may take the JCAHPO COMT Multiple-Choice Exam in lieu of the department’s written Exit Exam by providing documentation of successful completion of the JCAHPO COMT Multiple-Choice Exam.