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Vision Care Technology

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Vision Care Technology will train students to be clinical ophthalmic assistants. Students will assist ophthalmologists and optometrists in examining patients with vision disorders and eye diseases. The Vision Care Technology program will include but is not limited to: training in taking patient histories, vision assessment, manifest refractions in plus and minus cylinder, diagnostic tests such as color vision, eye muscle tests, field of vision tests, A-Scans and ophthalmic photography.

Program Topics

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements

Application and Selection Process

Programs, Certificates and Awards Offered

Statutory Requirement Notice to Applicants and Enrollees for Occupational License

Diagnostic Test

Some of the Diagnostic tests described below will be taught. The list is a short list, several other procedures will also be included in the training.

Ophthalmic photography will be included in the training . One very important branch of the ophthalmic photography is Fluorescein angiography. It is a test used to examine blood vessels in the retina. This procedure involves the injection of a vegetable-based fluorescein dye into the blood stream. As the blood circulates through the retina, a series of rapid, sequential photographs are taken of the eye. This commonly performed test provides useful anatomic and functional information about the retina and is one of the most important tools in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal disorders.

Flouresciene Angiography Picture
Picture showing Retinal Blood Vessels.
Picture showing Flourescien Angiography being done on a patient.



ERG Photo
Picture showing Erg electrodes placed on head and eyes for the test.


Electroretinogram (ERG): The Electroretinogram (ERG) is the most direct and objective test available for evaluating the function of the retina. Information can be obtained about the function of the rods and cones.           

ERG responses give valuable information about the extent and nature of retinal abnormalities and disorders affecting both the outer and inner retina.

The ERG has been the gold standard for evaluating night blindness, pigment changes in the retina, and color vision disorders, enabling the diagnosis of inherited retinal diseases before changes are seen in the eyes.

Training for our students for basic skills required will be given here. There will be Lectures, Labs, and Clinical rotations with eye clinics of various ophthalmologists in town as well as at Eye clinic of UIW. Students will be supervised under a Certified Ophthalmic Technician who works with a Board Certified Ophthalmologist.

Students will also be sent to Optical Labs and centers which have certified opticians. In this way our students will be exposed to the real professional training. This will give opportunity for our graduates join any Practice of ophthalmology, Optometry or retail sales of optical eye glasses.

We will help students find the resources to start searching prospective employers a few months before graduation. St Philip's College Department of Vision Care Technology faculty and staff will be helping students during the course of their studies and even after their graduation for seeking jobs as soon as they graduate.

The program requires formal entry via interview with the Program Director. Only those students who have been officially admitted to the college and have met the Vision Care Technology admission criteria will be considered.

St Philip's College Vision Care Technology Program will apply for accreditation with Joint Commission for Allied Health Professions in ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

Admission Requirements

General Admission Process:

It is required that all Eye Care Technology Program applicants follow the procedure below.

Unsuccessful completion of all items within the mandated time-frame will preclude the application and therefore the application will not be considered for admission review.

Meeting Criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the program. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool and space available.

Complete the TEAS exam.

Submission of all transcripts from all colleges attended. See application check list for more information.

When submitting the application packet, an individual verifies that he or she has:

  1. Read the web page
  2. Obtained the necessary documents
  3. Understood the procedure to be followed for Admission into the Vision Care Technology Program


Prerequisite Requirements

1. TSI ready in English and Math.
2. GPA: Minimum of 2.0.
3. Submission of all transcripts from all colleges attended.
4. TEAS Exam: All applicants are required to take a standardized test. For all Health Science Programs, applicants will register with the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) for The Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) standardized exam. The TEAS is a web-based exam that helps identify students with the best chance of success in the Health Sciences field. The TEAS is a multiple choice assessment of basic academic knowledge that covers Reading, Mathematics, Science and English language usage. The cost of the exam is $91.00. Students interested in improving their test scores may retake the TEAS test once per academic year, for a total of two attempts. Click here to register for the TEAS exam.

Accepted Applicants

5. Must pass a mandatory criminal background check and drug screening (at the student's expense).
6. Recommended to complete either a BLS or CPR for Healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association and submit a copy of card as verification.
7. Must show proof of current immunization status. The immunization requirements are mandated by the State of Texas for all Health Science students as part of entry into the program. Failure to complete the required immunizations will prevent the student from participating in lab and clinical rotations.

Immunizations consist of:

  • TB skin test within the past year. If result is positive, student must obtain a chest x-ray.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria Toxoid (DT) boosters within the last 10 years.
  • Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR) - immunization within last 10 years or evidence from primary care physician you have had the diseases. Immune status required if unsure of having any of these diseases.
  • Hepatitis A - both immunizations. If 10+ years, booster shot or proof of immune status must be provided.
  • Hepatitis B series - all three immunizations. If complete series taken, proof of immune status must be demonstrated. If 10+ years old, booster shot or proof of immune status must be provided.
  • Varicella - either immunization shots or proof of immunity.
  • Bacterial Meningitis - if you are under the age of 22. Flu shot/H1N1 immunization

8. The student must have proof of medical insurance. Students must be covered for accident and sickness prior to attending their clinical rotation. If your medical insurance covers both accident and sickness, you must provide proof of coverage to the Clinical Coordinator. For additional questions or concerns pertaining to medical insurance, please contact the Clinical Coordinator.

Unsuccessful completion of all items within the mandated time-frame will preclude the application and therefore the application will not be considered for admission review.

Meeting Criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the program. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool and space available.

Application and Selection Process

NOTE: Vision Care Technology Program are accepting applications for Fall 2018.

Application packets for the program must be completed and sent by USPS or delivered personally to the clinical coordinator (Sonia Gentry 1801 Martin Luther King Dr. building: CHP 130A San Antonio Tx.78203) by 07/30/2018.

All interested students please contact Sonia Gentry, Program Clinical Coordinator 210-486-2402, or Syed Parvez, Program Director 210-486-2665,

Applications are reviewed and processed in the Summer for the upcoming Fall semester for consideration.

You may download APPLICATION AND CHECKLIST FORMS here. For further assistance, please contact the program director or clinical coordinator.

After careful review of all applicants those selected will be notified by e-mail of their acceptance or non-acceptance into the program. If you are accepted, additional information will be provided via e-mail.


Faculty and Staff

The Vision Care Technology program faculty are certified and have many years of clinical and operating room experience. The faculty is dedicated to providing the students with the best academic and clinical experience.

  • Syed Parvez, COT, Assistant Professor, Program Director
  • Sonia Gentry, COA, Instructor, Clinical Coordinator

Programs Accreditation and Certification

St Philip's College Vision Care Technology Program is actively seeking accreditation with the International Council of Accreditation (ICA).

International Council of Accreditation (ICA) contact information:
2025 Woodlane Drive, St. Paul, MN 55125-2998
(800) 284-3937 ext. 244

Certification contact information Joint Commission on Allied Health personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO):

2025 Woodlane Drive, St. Paul, MN 55125-2998
Toll Free: (800) 284-3937; Phone: (651) 731-2944; FAX: (651) 731-0410
Email: | Website:

Programs, Certificates and Awards Offered

Upon successful completion of the Vision Care Technology program, students will be eligible to sit for their certification exam six months post-graduation under the employment of an ophthalmologist.

Associate of Applied Sciences / Vision Care Technology

Vision Care Technology, A.A.S.

Professional Organizations and Sites of Interest

  • Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
  • Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The Vision Care Technology program will maintain close ties with professional organizations representing the ophthalmic assistant career.

Vision Care Technology, A.A.S.

Total Credit Hours Required: 60

Semester 1
  • OPTS 1311 The Visual System
  • OPTS 1219 Vision Care Office Procedures
  • OPTS 2441 Ophthalmic Technology
  • HITT 1305 - Medical Terminology
Semester 11
  • OPTS 1315 Basic Contact Lenses
  • OPTS 2445 Advanced Ophthalmic Techniques+Lab
  • OPTS 1371 A&P for Eye Care Technology
  • MATH 1314 Core or 1332 Core;
Semester III
  • ENGL 1301 English Composition
  • PSYC 2301 General Psychology
Semester IV
  • OPTS 2350 Ophthalmic Surgical Techniques+Lab
  • OPTS 2266 Practicum 2
  • OPTS 2335 Advanced Contact Lenses+Lab
  • OPTS 1501 Ophthalmic Dispensing+Lab
  • HRPS 2200 Pharmacology
Semester V
  • PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics
  • BIOL 2401 or 2404 Biology
  • HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects
  • OPTS 2366 Practicum
  • OPTS 2166 Practicum


Student Technical Standards

Visual Acuity

  • Perform necessary exams involving equipment.
  • Be able to insert drops, ointments and contact lenses.
  • Read doctor's clinical notes, impression and plans.
  • Perform data entry tasks using computer terminals. 

Hearing Acuity

  • Hearing must be sufficient to communicate with others.
  • Hear and retain instruction from doctor, clinical personnel, and instructor simultaneously.
  • Hear and retain information to relay to others.
  • Hearing must be sufficient to answer telephones. 

Speaking Ability

  • Speak clearly and loudly enough to be understood by a person in the clinic or classroom.
  • Converse with doctors, clinical personnel, classmates, and instructor using good communication skills.

Manual Dexterity

  • Must be able to grasp and manipulate small objects required to perform job function.
  • Must be able to hold and maintain instrumentation in one position for periods of time. 

Physical Stamina

  • Must be able to walk or sit for the majority of a normal workday.
  • Lift or move up to 20 lbs
  • Push or pull ophthalmic equipment, furniture, supply carts.
  • Help transport and transfer patients to and from the exam chair.
  • Help with positioning patients for slit lam exams.
  • Must be able to move freely and feel comfortable in confined areas.
  • Must cover any open wound conditions on hands and/or arms.

Adaptive Ability

  • Complete required tasks/function under stressful conditions.
  • Must be flexible to changes in assignments or tasks.
  • Must be a supportive team player.
  • Perform independently and safely with minimal supervision
  • Interact appropriately with diverse personalities.
  • Be able to multi-task and remain focused.
  • Must be able to work under time constraints.
  • Must be able to remain calm under stressful conditions.
  • Must be empathetic to patient's needs and concerns.
  • Be able to deal appropriately with stressful or emotional situations.

Information Sessions

If you're interested in applying to the Vision Care Technology Program at St. Philip's College, an information session is going to be held to provide you with an overview of the career of being an ophthalmic assistant as well as information specifically about the program. Information sessions will be 1 hour each. It is recommended you attend one (1) session.

Information Sessions:

Fall semester
November 15, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Spring semester