The School of Ophthalmic Medical Technology at Regions Hospital is a 21-month day program that is one of only four programs in the United States that train at the highest certification level. The school combines highly qualified faculty with a variety of clinical facilities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area to provide a broad experience for students.
The second year of the program is a 12-month full-time externship with supervised training at eye clinics at HealthPartners Clinics, Hennepin County Medical Center, the University of Minnesota and private ophthalmology practices in the Twin Cities.
Our instructors are ophthalmic professionals, physicians, and specialists in their field from the community.
A new class begins every September. The first year consists of nine months of classroom training. The second year is a 12-month full-time externship.
All of our graduates receive offers for employment and are working after completing the program. Salaries and job satisfaction compare favorably with other baccalaureate-level allied health care professions.
Driven by the technological advances in medicine, a growing elderly population and the increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities, the demand for certified, professional ophthalmic medical technologists is on the rise. According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, employment opportunities for ophthalmology allied health professionals are expected to increase 18 percent through the year 2020, which is much higher than the average.
For more information about the program, contact Kristine Fey (651-254-0767) or view the program resources.