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Now Accepting Applications for the FALL 2017 Class   

Vision Care Technology

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Vision Care Technology will train students to be Ophthalmic Medical Technicians and Dispensing opticians. Students will assist Ophthalmologists and optometrists in Examining and treating patients with vision problems, vision disorders, and eye diseases. After you graduate from this program you will be able to take the certification examination for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) or Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT). 

Vision Care Technology program will include but is not limited to: training in taking patient histories, vision assessment, refraction for glasses if needed, all diagnostic tests such as color vision, eye muscle tests,  field of vision tests, corneal topography, ultrasound of eyes or A-Scan measurements tests and corneal topography.

 

Program Topics

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements

Application and Selection Process

Programs, Certificates and Awards Offered

 

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. Test Picture showing Flourescien Angiography being done on a patient.

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.

                                                                                                                                     ERG Photo

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

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 Philips 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.

All applicants must complete all the course prerequisites prior to submitting the applications. For questions or concerns about the prerequisites, please contact the Program Director. This also applies to those applicants who have not completed the prerequisites and wants to discuss with the Program Director. Please contact the program Director if you have any questions in this matter.

Completed Application packets for the program must be completed and either sent by mail or delivered personally in the College, by USPS and postmarked No later than 07/15/2017. Date  open

 until 07/15/2017. ( All interested students please contact Sonia Gentry, Program Clinical Coordinator 210-486-2402 or Syed Parvez, Program Director 210-486-2665. 

NOTE: Vision Care Technology Program are accepting applications for Fall 2017. 

 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. All applicants must complete all college course requirements prior to submitting their application. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade "C" or higher. If you have questions please contact the Program Director or Program Coordinator.

2. Standardized Testing:

All applicants are required to take a standardized test. For all Health Science Programs, applicants will be taking the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) 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  The exam may only be taken once every 6 months.

  • Students must register prior to taking the exam. 
  • Click  here  to register for the TEAS exam. 
  • Students interested in improving their test scores may  retake  the TEAS test once per academic year, for a total of two attempts. 
  • The resulting overall score will be used in the applicant ranking process.

 

Application and Selection Process

Applications for admission to the Vision Care Technology Program are accepted throughout the year. It is recommended students submit a complete application packet. and  submit. 

Applications are reviewed and processed before the fall semester for consideration for the next available class. Failure to complete and submit all requested paperwork before the start of the fall semester results in forfeiture of placement within the program.

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

After careful review of all applicants by the program director and faculty, applicants who are selected will be notified by email of their acceptance or non-acceptance into the program. If you are accepted, you will be emailed an acceptance letter to complete the items listed below. The acceptance letter will give you directions to where and when to complete your criminal background check and drug screen. 

1. Pass a mandatory criminal background check and drug screen (at the student's expense).  

2. Complete either a Basic CPR or CPR for healthcare professional course and submit a copy of card as verification.

3. You 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 clinical rotations. The immunizations consist of:

      a. TB skin test

      b. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (DTAP)

      c. Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR)

      d. Hepatitis A

      c. Hepatitis B

      d. Varicella

      e. Bacterial Meningitis 

      f. Flu shot/H1N1 immunization

4. 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 Program Director. If you have any further questions or concerns pertaining to medical insurance, please contact the Program Director.

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. Soon after they graduate 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).

 

Programs, Certificates and Awards Offered

Associate of Applied Sciences / Vision Care Technology

Course Content

Vision Care Technology, A.A.S.

Please click the link here to access Course catalog.
http://myspccatalog.alamo.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=123&poid=11887&hl=Vision+Care+Technology&returnto=search

Total Credit Hours Required: 60                                        

Semester I (Fall 2016)  

  • OPTS 2441 Ophthalmic Techniques +Lab 

    OPTS 1311 The Visual System              
  • OPTS 1219 Vision Care Office Procedures+Lab  
  • HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aso. of Health  
  • HITT 1305 - Medical Terminology  

    
Semester II (Spring 2017)

  • HPRS 2200 Pharmacology for Health Professionals  
  • OPTS 2445 Advanced Ophthalmic Techniques+Lab  
  • OPTS 1371 A&P for Eye Care Technology  
  • MATH 1314 Core or Math Core  

Semester III (Summer 2017) 

  • OPTS 1315 Basic Contact Lens  
  • OPTS 1266 Practicum 1  

Semester IV (Fall 2017)

  • OPTS 2350 Ophthalmic Surgical Techniques+Lab  
  • OPTS 2266 Practicum 2  
  • OPTS 2335 Advanced Contact Lenses+Lab  
  • OPTS 1401 Ophthalmic Dispensing+Lab 
  • ENGL 1301 English 

Semester V (Spring 2018) 

  • PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics  
  • BIOL 2401 or 2404 Biology  
  • PSYC 2301 General Psychology  
  • OPTS 2366 Practicum 3  

Please go to this link to access course catalog of SPC  http://myspccatalog.alamo.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=123&poid=11887&hl=Vision+Care+Technology&returnto=search

Occupational Factors - The positions available in the field of Vision Care Technology may require all or combinations of the following:

  • Appearance/Hygiene policies**
  • Possible shift work
  • Customer/Public interactions
  • Working under specific instructions
  • Evaluating performance of others
  • Performing multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Working alone or apart, in physical isolation from others
  • Working under time constraints
  • Team work
  • Dealing with the unexpected
  • Handling stressful or emotional situations

** NOTE: Appearance/Hygiene policies often include a conservative appearance, and do not allow visible body piercings, tattoos, excessive jewelry, or unnatural hair colors.

 

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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS VISION CARE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM  

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

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

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.

 

Professional Organizations and Sites of Interest

The Vision care Technology Program will maintain close ties with professional organizations representing the Ophthalmic Assistant/Technician and Optician Assistants career field.

Additional career and related information for Ophthalmic Assistant/Ophthalmic Technician, Optometry Assistant/ Optician Assistant career fields may be obtained at the following sites:

  • American Association Of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • Joint Commission of Allied Health Professional in ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
  • American Association of Optometry (AAO)
  • American Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO)
  • American Board Of Opticianry (ABO)
  • National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE)

Contact Information

Program Director:

 Dr. Parvez (100px)

Syed Parvez
sparvez@alamo.edu

Location:
MLK Campus
Center for Health Professions (CHP) room130-G

Phone:
210-486-2665

 

Clinical Coordinator/Faculty member:

Sonia Gentry

strevino29@alamo.edu 

Location:

MLK Campus

Center for Health Professions (CHP) room 130-A

Phone:

210-486-2402