Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)



The course is based on the international core curriculum for ophthalmic assistants developed by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and IJCAHPO. The enrolled participants are being prepared to obtain an international accredited certification as per the standards of International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and International Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) and experience a mix of interactive sessions and practical applications of essential clinical skills. This course is to develop and promote the enrolled participants’ capacity to work as Certified Ophthalmic Technicians within the team of eye care in integration with the roles of Ophthalmologist, Clinical Ophthalmic Assistant, and Ophthalmic Nurse.

4-months course (Two days per week)

Learning objectives:

By the end of the lectures and the series of workshops
of this program, the Participants will be able to:
1. Perform clinical tasks and duties relevant to the curriculum of Certified Ophthalmic technicians as defined by IJCAHPO and ICO based on the five core competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, technical and scientific skills, and finally community and health services
2. Grasp in details knowledge essential for the COT as defined in the curriculum of IJCAHPO and ICO.
3. Demonstrate appreciation to the role of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (AHPO) and willingness to perform it in integral approach with other eye care providers.
4. Demonstrate the ability to perform non-automated lensometry to determine the strength of the distance correction, plus the bifocal or trifocal add.
5. Demonstrate the ability to perform an automated visual field test
6. Demonstrate the ability to detect a phoria or tropia and identify the direction of the deviation using the suitable cover test
7. Demonstrate the ability to perform the following: keratometry, retinoscopy, and applanation tonometry

This program is suitable for:
• Participants who complete COA program and want to advance into the COT program.
• Participants who did not take the COA program but have some equivalency Degree and ophthalmic work experience (1 year in ophthalmic practice) with proof of the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) at the COA level.

This program will provide:
The experienced ophthalmic assistance with the needed skills and knowledge to advance further in their career on advanced professional bases

Course content:
● Basic anatomy and physiology of the Eye
● Diseases and Disorders of the Eye
● Optics and Refractive States
● Comprehensive Medical Eye Examinations
● Biometry and Practical Optician
● Medical Ethics
● Patient Interaction, Screening and Emergencies
● Community Eye Health
● Care of Ophthalmic lenses and Instruments
● Minor surgical Assisting in the Office

Teaching methods:
• Focus on:
o Practical implementation sessions for clinical duties at the outpatient clinic and the unit for investigations at Magrabi hospital- Cairo
o Laboratory practical sessions for related ophthalmic equipment
• Deductive lectures and interactive sessions.
• Self-Assessment methods
• Final multiple-choice questions

Final award:
• Participation Certificate is awarded by Professional education and training unit of the Magrabi foundation for students who complete the course and pass the final exam of the unit.
• Certificate of attendance from the Magrabi Hospital
Job opportunities in Magrabi hospitals are offered for top scorers

Program Coordinator:
Ms. Nermeen El Bahtimi
Follow-up and Coordination Manager, Magrabi Foundation
Email: training@magrabi.org


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