OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIAN EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Ophthalmic Technician Education Program (OTEP), led by Joseph D. Cocozza, PhD, assistant professor of research in ophthalmology, will leverage the worldclass resources and human capital of the USC Roski Eye Institute to help fulfill the need for highly skilled and compassionate eye care providers.
ABOUT USC ROSKI EYE INSTITUTE’S OTEP
WHAT IS OTEP?
OTEP is a 21-month training program for individuals interested in an allied health career in the field of ophthalmology. The mission of OTEP at the USC Roski Eye Institute is to prepare ophthalmic medical personnel (OMP) to assist ophthalmologists in the prevention, detection and treatment of vision impairments.
HOW MANY PROGRAMS ARE ON THE WEST COAST?
The USC Roski Eye Institute’s OTEP is the only program in California, one of only two programs on the West Coast and one of only 14 programs nationally.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT OTEP?
OTEP is a certificate program in the allied health field. It is the first such program offered by Keck Medicine of USC. It is an entry to a professional career in the healthcare field for individuals across the age-spectrum, enabling them to impact the quality of life of countless individuals who have vision disorders.
HOW MUCH HANDS-ON TRAINING DO TRAINEES RECEIVE?
OTEP students take a series of 19 courses ranging from medical ethics to surgical assisting. In addition to the didactic courses, OTEP students rotate through clinics where they receive more than 1,000 hours of real-world, hands-on, patient-centered experience under the supervision of ophthalmologists, residents and ophthalmic technicians.
WHAT CAN CLINICIANS EXPECT FROM GRADUATES?
Graduates of OTEP must take the Joint Commission on allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology exam. This exam includes skills testing in six specialty areas including: lensometry, visual fields, ocular motility, keratometry, retinoscopy, refinement and tonometry. Passing this national exam leads to certification as an ophthalmic technician.
IS THERE AN OUTREACH INITIATIVE?
As part of their OTEP training, students will participate in outreach activities in the local communities and be involved in vision screening and eye health education. for more information please visit: Ophthalmic Technician Education Program (OTEP)