Ophthalmic Technician Program

St. Kate’s Ophthalmic Technician associate degree program, the first in Minnesota, addresses the 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:

  • Work under the direct supervision of an ophthalmologist
  • Take medical, family and social histories
  • Measure vision, powers of spectacle lenses, eye pressure and pupil reactions
  • Perform ophthalmic tests for visual field, color and muscle movement
  • Perform advanced diagnostic testing

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).