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Academic Plan

For detailed course descriptions visit the courses page.

The curriculum includes 33 semester credits of liberal arts and sciences courses and 40 semester credits of ophthalmic courses, which include supervised clinical rotations in eye clinics.

Ophthalmic courses are offered in sequence over two years, starting each spring semester. Many students enter the college the previous fall semester (or earlier) to complete prerequisite and liberal arts and sciences courses.


The following college-level courses must be completed before beginning ophthalmic courses:

  • CHEM 1100: General Chemistry
  • PHYS 1020: General Physics (must include sections on the electromagnetic spectrum, light and optics)
  • BIOL 2400: General Anatomy and Physiology with lab
  • BIOL 2410: Advanced Anatomy and Physiology with lab

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher no more than five years prior to entering the Ophthalmic Technician program. You can complete prerequisite and other liberal arts and sciences requirements while enrolled as a "Pre-Ophthalmic" student. If you have completed similar courses at another college, use the "uselect" online tool to determine if any of these courses meet St. Kate's prerequisite requirements. Questions? Contact your admimssions counselor, Bonita Lindell (blindell@stkate.edu).

Ophthalmic Technician Courses

Year One: Spring Semester (February–May)
OPH 1010: Introduction to Ophthalmic Technology Medical Law and Ethics
OPH 1020: Ocular Anatomy & Physiology
OPH 1030: Physical & Geometric Optics
OPH 1210: Clinical Rotation I (Practicum)

Year One: Fall Semester (September–December)
OPH 1040: Physiologic Optics, Spectacles and Contact Lenses
OPH 1220: Clinic Skills Lab I
OPH 1050: Ophthalmic Pharmacology
OPH 1060: Ocular Motility
OPH 1230: Clinical Rotation II (Practicum)

Year Two: Spring Semester (February–May)
OPH 2010: Eye Diseases and Ocular Emergencies
OPH 2020: Ophthalmic Imaging, Photography and Angiography
OPH 2240: Clinical Rotation III (Practicum)
OPH 2250: Clinic Skills Lab II

Year Two: Fall Semester (September–December)
OPH 2030: Clinic Skills Lab III and Skills Review
OPH 2040: Instrument Maintenance and Project
OPH 2050: Ophthalmic Surgical Assisting
OPH 2260: Clinical Rotation IV (Practicum)

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Courses

In addition to required prerequisite courses (see above), other liberal arts and sciences (LAS) courses are required. Take LAS courses at the same time as ophthalmic courses — or enter the college one or two semesters early to get a head start on these requirements. If you have prior college experience, you may have already fulfilled some LAS requirements. For details, see our course equivalency tool or contact your admissions counselor.

CIL 1400: Health Justice
ENGL 1100: Composition I
HIMP 1020: Medical Terminology
PHIL 2000: Ethical Problems in Healthcare
SSCS 1000: Power and Social Change
PSYC 1000: General Psychology


ENGL 2XXX: English Literature Elective
ART: Elective
SSCS: Social Science Elective
THEO: Theology Elective