As the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, known as ophthalmic medicine, steadily grows in complexity, the demand for health care workers with specialized knowledge and skills in ophthalmic medical technology is growing as well. Ophthalmic medical technologists work with leading-edge equipment, including lasers and imaging systems, to provide quality patient care. 

This bachelor's degree program provides students with a two-year foundation in core sciences, followed by third- and fourth-year studies that specialize in ophthalmic medical technology and visual science. The academic training of students registered in the third and fourth years of the program takes place at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute, located on the general campus of the Ottawa Hospital. This program combines clinical, hands-on experience with theoretical training. 

Acceptance into the third year of this bachelor's degree program is competitive and includes an interview with the admissions committee. To be considered, students must have successfully completed two full years of prerequisite courses (60 units) with a minimum CGPA of 6.0. The committee selects candidates on the basis of many factors, and it may consider strong, well-rounded candidates from a science background who may or may not have completed all the prerequisites. Each year, a maximum of four students are selected and students should be aware that meeting the basic requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. 

Interested students are encouraged to make arrangements to tour the facilities and meet with faculty members and students currently enrolled in the program (appointment required). For more information, please contact Ginette Snook, Departmental Education Program Coordinator, at or call 613-737-8899 extension 79422.

The first two years of this program are offered in English and in French. The last two years are only offered in English.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

BIO 1130Introduction to Organismal Biology3 Units
BIO 1140Introduction to Cell Biology3 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
CHM 1321Organic Chemistry I3 Units
ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
MAT 1330Calculus for the Life Sciences I3 Units
MAT 1332Calculus for the Life Sciences II3 Units
PHY 1321Principles of Physics I3 Units
PHY 1322Principles of Physics II3 Units
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Determinants of Health
Introduction to Psychology: Applications
BCH 2333Introduction to Biochemistry3 Units
BIO 2133Genetics3 Units
CHM 2120Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2123Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II3 Units
MAT 2379Introduction to Biostatistics3 Units
PHI 2396Bioethics3 Units
HSS 3101Health Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches3 Units
OMT 3122Ocular Anatomy and Physiology3 Units
OMT 3123Optics, Refractometry and Optical Instruments3 Units
OMT 3124Basic Diagnostics I3 Units
OMT 3125Clinical Application I 13 Units
OMT 3126Ophthalmic Subspecialties3 Units
OMT 3127Basics Diagnostics II3 Units
OMT 3128Ophthalmic Basic Science Seminars 13 Units
OMT 3231Introduction to Ophthalmic Technology: Basic Skills-I 16 Units
OMT 4122Advanced Diagnostics3 Units
OMT 4123Ophthalmic Pharmacology3 Units
OMT 4125Ophthalmic Basic Science Seminars 13 Units
OMT 4126Specialized Diagnostic Evaluations3 Units
OMT 4127Advanced Diagnostics II3 Units
OMT 4128Abnormalities of the Eye and Common Ocular Complaints3 Units
OMT 4201Basic Skills II 16 Units
OMT 4224Clinical Application-Il 16 Units
12 optional course units at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level offered by the Faculty of Science12 Units
Total: 120 Units