Kingston Ophthalmic Training Centre

The first graduates of the KOTC: Students Madison and Sara using a slitlamp.
The first graduates of the KOTC: Students Madison and Sara

Location: Johnson 6

Providing current and comprehensive training of ophthalmic medical personnel. Enter main entrance on Brock Street take main elevators up the level 6 off the elevator turn right and right again proceed down hallway to registration desk. Ask to speak to KOTC representative.

About KOTC

The KOTC at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario offers 2 arms of training which is unique to this centre among Canadian ophthalmic training programs.

The first arm of training is at the ophthalmic technician level. The ophthalmic technician program is a 12 month full time program which will provide students with the required knowledge and skills to fully integrate into an ophthalmology practice as an ophthalmic technician. Graduates are immediately eligible to secure employment as an ophthalmic technician for an ophthalmologist in private practice, for a group of ophthalmologists, or for a hospital with an ophthalmology department or clinic.

The second arm of training is at the ophthalmic medical technologist level. The ophthalmic medical technologist program is an additional 12 months of training focusing on advanced ophthalmic diagnostic procedures. Graduates are immediately eligible to secure employment as an ophthalmic medical technologist for an ophthalmologist in private practice, for a group of ophthalmologists, or for a hospital with an ophthalmology department or clinic.

Who are ophthalmic medical personnel (OMP)?

OMP are professionals in the field of eye care. OMP include ophthalmic assistants, ophthalmic technicians, and ophthalmic medical technologists. OMP are not independent practitioners, but work under the direction of an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon). Their scope of practice includes performing diagnostic testing and measurements and to provide this data to the treating ophthalmologist for the patient’s care.

Areas of expertise depend on training level and experience and include (but are not limited to):

  • Patient work-up
  • History taking
  • Visual field testing
  • Ophthalmic photography
  • Ophthalmic imaging (cornea and retina)
  • Specialized ophthalmic testing

OMP are health professionals who work within the eye care health team.

The Programs

The ophthalmic technician program two student positions available each year.

The ophthalmic medical technology two student positions available each year.

Both programs are designed to maximize teaching efficiency by offering the student the best opportunity to learn. Properly timed didactic lectures are offered to the students prior to spending time in a clinical setting with hands-on experience. The clinical hands-on time is modelled on a 1 to 1 basis which is strictly adhered to. This model allows the student to benefit from staff technicians, technologists, orthoptists, and ophthalmologists to the fullest extent.

Application Procedure

Enrollment into the technician program is by competitive application. Applications will be available to download each spring for the class starting in the summer. A completed application shall include the following:

  • Completed and signed application
  • Essay
  • Copy of educational transcripts (originals are not required)

From all completed applications received by the posted deadline the selection committee will produce a list of candidates who will be offered interviews. Positions into the program will be offered to the selected candidates from the interview pool.

Important Application Dates:

  1. Accepting applications Monday, March 20 to Friday, June 9
  2. Interviews early June with classes to begin in August

Download Application Form [DOC]

Download Application Form [PDF]

Minimum requirements for applying

Ophthalmic technician program

  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate
  • Preference may be shown to applicants who have college or university courses
  • Preference may be shown to applicants with prior eye care related work experience
  • Preference my be shown to applicants who are most compatible with the program and the profession
  • Students must be capable of providing adequate ophthalmic patient care

Ophthalmic technologist program
Enrollment into the technologist program is by competitive application. The minimum requirements to apply are:

  • Minimum of 2 years equivalent of post secondary education (college or university)
  • Completion of the KOTC ophthalmic technician program
    OR
  • Completion of another ophthalmic technician program and completion of a prior learning assessment (PLA)
  • Completion of PLA when required
  • Preference may be shown to applicants who have college diplomas or university degrees
  • Preference may be shown to applicants with prior eye care related work experience
  • Preference my be shown to applicants who are most compatible with the program and the profession
  • Students must be capable of providing adequate ophthalmic patient care

Download Application Form [DOC]

Download Application Form [PDF]

Contact

Craig Simms, COMT, CDOS, ROUB
Department of Ophthalmology
Hotel Dieu Hospital
166 Brock Street
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 5G2
simmsc@hdh.kari.net
613.544.3400 ext 2421
Fax 613.544.3991
www.hoteldieu.com/KOTC

Accreditation

Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph of the Hotel Dieu of Kingston has attained Canadian Medical Association accreditation of the KOTC ophthalmic technician program.

The KOTC and Hotel Dieu Hospital are dedicated to attaining and maintaining accreditation of the KOTC - technician program and the KOTC -ophthalmic medical technologist program.

Queen's University Department of Ophthalmology