Ophthalmic Technician Program

Get ready to be in demand. In St. Kate’s Ophthalmic Technician associate degree program, the first in Minnesota, you'll prepare for a career in eyecare. Currently, there's a shortage of well-trained ophthalmic medical technicians in the area.

A Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) is an important part of the eye-care team. As a COT, you will:

  • Have hands-on opportunities to work directly with patients, in great working conditions
  • Take patients' medical, family and social histories, under the supervision of an ophthalmologist
  • Measure vision, powers of spectacle lenses, eye pressure and pupil reactions
  • Perform tests for visual field, color and muscle movement

Next steps:


After graduating, you will be eligible to take the Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) certification exam given by JCAHPO (Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology).