General Information

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).

Admission Requirements

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, 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.

Required Courses


  • Minimum General Grade Point Average of 2.00.
  • 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.

Course Descriptions

Informative Sheet

English Version: Informative Sheet of the Program

Versión Español: Hoja Informativa del Programa

Study Costs

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of program courses and clinical practice.
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.00.

Accreditation Information

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

Program Faculty

Prof. Alex J. Soto Vega, COT, MSES
Program Director


Dr. Luis A. Serrano Torres
Medical Director


Prof. Elina M. Caballero Colón, COA, MC\SC
Assistant Professor

Physical Address

School of Health Professions, 7th Floor, Office 725
Medical Center Complex
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico


Sra. Nerdy Otero

Tel: 787-758-2525 Ext. 4603 & 1935
Program Fax: 787-751-0636