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


Ophthalmic Medical Assisting - A Primer

Introducing "A Primer on Ophthalmic Medical Assisting: Education, Training, Certification, and Accreditation." This much long-awaited publication is a critical brochure that is of great need and interest in the ophthalmic profession.

The Primer 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.

Click here to access the Primer