Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Training Program

Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Training Program

Now at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Boston location) -- #1 Eye Hospital in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report (Best Hospital Survey)

In our rapidly changing health care environment, medical practitioners must provide cost effective care while keeping up with an increase in the aging population, greater patient expectations, and declining reimbursements. To address these challenges, it is imperative for medical practitioners to delegate functions to well-trained medical personnel.

Mass. Eye and Ear has designed a 26 week program to teach ophthalmic medical personnel (“OMP”) by providing fundamental topics in ophthalmology as well as instruction in essential exam skills and techniques.

  • When: Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Where: Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles Street, Boston. Sloane Teaching Room, Floor 3.
  • Dates: January 2, 2014, through June 19, 2014
  • Application Deadline: December 6, 2013 (Limited spaces available.)

Core Course Curriculum: Ocular Anatomy/Physiology, Eye Disease, Ocular Pharmacology, Optics, Ocular Motility, Eye Trauma, Patient Services, Universal Precautions, Low Vision. Technical Skills (each session is designed to develop basic competency in each clinical area): History Taking, Vision Testing, Lensometry, Cover/Alternate Cover Test, Visual Fields, Tonometry, Pupil Testing, Slit Lamp, Refractometry, Basic Spectacle Principles, Ocular Photography, A-Scan Ultrasound, Ophthalmic Imaging.

This core curriculum and introduction into basic clinical skills will provide an educational foundation for students to enhance their present roles as OMP, or train as new OMPs and become proficient participating in the care of ophthalmic patients.


Angela Turalba, MD, Medical Director
Carolyn Shea, COMT, Program Director
Instructors: Subject Matter Experts from our Medical and Technical Staff

OMP Training Program Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Completed program application with a non-refundable application fee of $15 made payable to MEEA
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Basic knowledge of computer use, Windows, e-mail and internet
  • Knowledge of basic algebra and biology, and proficiency in English
  • Applicants should be currently working in an Ophthlamic office or environment

Tuition: $550.00 (includes text book, includes text book, The Ophthalmic Assistant 9th edition by Stein & Slatt as well as the JCAT home study test that goes with the text).
Refund: Only a portion of the tuition will be refunded after the course begins

Click Here for an Application

For Questions Contact:

Carolyn Shea, COMT
Manager of Glaucoma Service
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: 617-573-3689
Fax: 617-573-6965
Email: Carolyn_Shea@meei.harvard.edu

Apply today and advance your career in 2013!

Note: While our OMP program will provide students with the fundamental knowledge, information, and introductory techniques required of a successful ophthalmic technician, students who complete the course will require additional work experience and training to function as an OMP and to pass the certifying exam. Ultimately the responsibility lies with the student to pursue and achieve professional proficiency and certification.

In accordance with Mass. Eye and Ear policy, this program does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, nationality, disability or marital status in our admission policy.

Page updated: September 24, 2013