Based at the Rockyview Hospital
The Calgary Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program (COMTP) is a full time two year program. The program runs from September to June each year. The training itself is a mix between didactic classroom learning and one-to-one hands-on instruction. Emphasis is placed on the practical clinic training.
NOTE: the COMTP program is closing June 2018.
Ophthalmic Medical Technologists (OMTs) are an integral part of the eye health care team. OMTs collect data and perform ophthalmic diagnostic procedures under the direction of an ophthalmologist.
Areas of expertise include but are not limited to:
OMTs are skilled professionals working in a team environment that lends itself to a long-lasting, rewarding, well-paying career.
The COMTP is a full time two year program. The program runs from September to June each year. The training itself is a mix between didactic classroom learning and one-to-one hands-on instruction. Emphasis is placed on the practical clinic training.
The ophthalmology clinic is committed to education with weekly academic rounds and monthly technical rounds. In addition, there is an ophthalmology residency program which provides many teaching opportunities.
The mission of the Calgary Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program (COMTP) at AHS is to provide premier, comprehensive but individualized, and up-to-date training in ophthalmic medical technology. By providing an educational environment that is committed to ophthalmic medical technology, the program aims to graduate skilled, innovative, and highly motivated individuals who will continue to promote the profession.
The COMTP is designed to train students in the profession of ophthalmic medical technology. In light of this, students enrolled will be integrated into the clinical setting with the hopes of developing into critical thinkers and skilled practitioners. Daily interactions with patients, ophthalmic medical personnel, ophthalmologists, nurses, and administrative staff will solidify the student's role in the clinic.
The primary objective of the program is to increase the number of OMTs in Alberta/Canada. The need for more skilled OMTs is increasing due to growth and attrition.
OMTs are not licensed as independent practitioners. Their patient oriented skills, however, generate important information that is used by the ophthalmologist, leading to the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. It is for these reasons that a second objective is to train students to the highest level possible.
As with most professions, job descriptions vary highly from workplace to workplace. In order to prepare students for work in any institution or private clinic, the curriculum shall reflect the entire scope of practice for OMTs.
The COMTP is structured according to and cross-referenced with the "National Competency Guidelines, Canadian Ophthalmic Medical Technologist" prepared by the Canadian Society of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (CSOMP) and the "Criteria for Certification and Recertification of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel" prepared by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).