Ophthalmic Training Programs

The following list contains information about programs that train students to become ophthalmic medical technicians. Search for ICA- accredited programs with the link below. 

ICA - Allied Ophthalmic Education Programs

The International Council of Accreditation (ICA) is responsible for evaluating ophthalmic training programs sponsored by colleges, universities, community and junior colleges, vocational-technical schools, academic health centers, proprietary institutions, hospitals, and clinics.

ATPO and JCAHPO cooperate to establish, maintain, and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs for the ophthalmic medical technician and to provide recognition for educational programs that meet or exceed the minimum standards outlined in the Standards.

To search for training programs go to the following link: http://icaccreditation.org/

For information on program accreditation, contact ICA:

2025 Woodlane Drive
St Paul, MN 55125-2998
Phone: (65
Fax: (651) 


  For information on the certification exam for COA®, COT®, or COMT®, contact JCAHPO:

Certification Department
2025 Woodlane Drive
St Paul, MN 55125-2998
Phone: (800) 
Fax: (
651) 731-0410


A Framework for Allied Ophthalmic Training Programs

Introducing "A Framework for Allied Ophthalmic Training Programs." This long-awaited publication is a critical reference guide that is of great need and interest in the ophthalmic profession.

This reference guide will be used to help organizations worldwide in starting an ophthalmic assisting training program, understanding the role and differences of certification, licensure and accreditation, and to provide a quick tool for reviewing curriculum and certification examination content. It also includes a sample schedule for developing classroom and clinical training.

Lynn Anderson, PhD, CEO of IJCAHPO says, “This guide can be used as a ‘workbook’ for starting a training program with its checklist feature used as a ‘resource tool’. It also acts as a swift resource for links to other important organizations in the USA and Canada.”

A Framework for Allied Ophthalmic Training Programs