OPT-293: Clinical Externship II

Health & Human Services
Ophthalmic Technician
Academic Level
Course Subject
Ophthalmic Technician
Course Number
Course Title
Clinical Externship II
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
360.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
360.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
OPT-290, OPT-202
Catalog Course Description

Continues structured clinical experiences while emphasizing speed, accuracy, and clarity in advanced clinical skills. Students must document 360 clinical hours.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Ophthalmic Microbiology
  2. Ophthalmic Pharmacology
  3. Ocular Motility
  4. Optics / Opticianry
  5. Tonometry
  6. Visual Fields
  7. Specialized Ophthalmic Testing
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

At the completion of this course, the student will demonstrate achievement of core competencies of an ophthalmic technician as outlined by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) and the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP) as follows:

  1. Skillfully and accurately perform clinical and diagnostic tests and patient services in conformation with the didactic curriculum.
  2. Deccmonstrate knowledge of potential side effects of ocular medication.
  3. Assess visual acuity in children and adults.
  4. Perform non-contact, tonopen, and applanation Tonometry.
  5. Measure vertex distance.
  6. Use a slit lamp to assess ocular structures.
  7. Demonstrate tests of ocular motility.
  8. Perform stereopsis tests.
  9. Identify ocular misalignments.
  10. Measure amplitude of accommodation.
  11. Measure the refractive state of the eye.
  12. Complete lab requests for culturing specimens from patients with ocular problems.
  13. Measure corneal curvature and thickness.
  14. Measure axial length.
  15. Identify a correct contact lens fit.
  16. Relate tactfully and sympathetically to patients.
  17. Consistently demonstrate reliability, self-discipline, cooperativeness, and professional deportment and demeanor in clinical activities.
  18. Demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken communication

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will include performance during formative and summative practical examinations and clinic logs.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations
  • Students will build on previous patient care experiences and will demonstrate proficiency in performing more advanced clinical tasks.
  • Instructors (or their designees) reserve the right to require students to provide proper picture identification for test taking, graded papers or projects or other appropriate purposes.
  • Textbooks to be determined by program faculty.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date