As a health professional trained in theoretical and clinical aspects of ophthalmology, ophthalmic technicians may practice in government agencies, private institutions, or private offices. They work under the supervision of an ophthalmologist and perform tasks such as patient examination, diagnostic testing, patient treatment, and assisting the ophthalmologist during surgical procedures.
The first year of prerequisite work includes general studies and introductory sciences courses to be completed at an accredited college or university. The second year of studies, offered at the Medical Sciences Campus, prepares the student for the specific professional responsibilities of an ophthalmic technician. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to take the Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) examination by the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO). The program is accredited by the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).
Applicants from any of the units of the University of Puerto Rico System may request transfer within the deadline established by their units’ Registrar’s Office. Students from private universities should submit the application in electronic format (application of admission at http://de.rcm.upr.edu/Admisiones/Admisiones.aspx), within the deadline established by the program (usually in January). For more information about specific deadlines, please contact the Office of Admissions of the Medical Sciences Campus, at 787-758-2525, extension 2525.
Applicants for admission to the professional program must comply with the following requirements:
- Completion of 33 credits of required courses at an accredited institution in the areas stated below. For specific courses within each subject, please contact the program.
|English||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Spanish||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Humanities||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Social Sciences||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Biological Sciences||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Mathematics||3 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Total||33 Semester Credit - Hours|
- Minimum General Grade Point Average of 2.20.
- Have a Specific Grade Point Average of at least 2.00 in biological sciences and mathematics.
- Biological sciences and mathematics courses must be approved with a minimum course grade of “C” or above.
- Fluency in Spanish and knowledge and comprehension of English.
- Minimum interview score of 12.
- Completion of program courses and clinical practice.
- Minimum grade point average of 2.00.
International Council of Accreditation (ICA)
2025 Woodlane Dr.
St. Paul, MN 55125
United States of America
Phone: 651-731- 7243, Fax: 651-731- 0410, International: +1 651-731- 7243
Dr. Luis A. Serrano Torres – Program Director
Prof. Alex J. Soto Vega, COA, MSES – Associate Program Director
Prof. Elina M. Caballero Colon, COA, MC\SC – Instructor
School of Health Professions, 7th Floor, Office 725
Medical Center Complex
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico