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Why St. Kate’s

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Along with a rise in the need for eye care among all age groups, St. Kate’s recognized a shortage of well-trained ophthalmic medical technicians in the Twin Cities and the region. So St. Kate’s created the first college degree program in Minnesota to train ophthalmic technicians.

Learn through the latest technology

The laboratory equipment in the classrooms includes the full range of refracting equipment for measuring contact lenses and eyeglasses, and instruments for precise eye measurements.

Classroom instruction is enhanced with technology, too. Face-to-face instruction is paired with interactive DVDs, and you can review all lectures online with downloadable lesson plans and slides. Videos of lectures are also available to students and graduates of the program.

Progress through clinical rotations

You’ll complete your required hours of supervised clinical rotations in eye clinics at our Twin Cities partnering eye clinics. Hands-on clinical experiences increase in complexity as you progress through the program. You'll continually sharpen your skills in charting patient vision and ophthalmic histories, and then progress to eye tests and measurements in the clinic. In your final rotation you'll learn about assisting with eye surgeries in the operating room.

Broaden your vision

A thoughtfully designed liberal arts curriculum, including studies of ethics, social and cultural differences and literature, is woven through St. Kate’s Ophthalmic Technician program to enlarge your view of the world.

The liberal arts teaches you to:

  • Think through problems.
  • Research questions and analyze data.
  • Communicate well orally and in writing.
  • Understand a world beyond your own experience.
  • Respect the needs and beliefs of people who may differ in age, race, sex, economic circumstance or cultural heritage.

You’ll also take a "Core Integrated Learning" course, CIL 1400: Health Justice. This course emphasizes connections between health and social justice by examining the politics of health inequalities, social determinants of health, and health as a human right.

You're the heart of St. Kate's

As a student in St. Kate’s School of Health you’ll get to know professors and staff who are dedicated to your well-being, as well as your academic and career success. At St. Kate’s you come first.