Ophthalmic Program Earns Accreditation

Palm Beach State College’s Ophthalmic Medical Technology program has gained recognition as an outstanding training ground for entering the profession of vision care.

This first-of-its-kind program in South Florida was recently awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs, which accredits four levels of training programs for ophthalmic medical technicians.

PBSC’s program is now one of only 30 programs nationwide to earn accreditation, and one of only five programs in the U.S. accredited for Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist training, which is the highest level.

Dr. Robert M. Kershner developed the program, which launched in 2012. A board-certified ophthalmologist, he currently serves as professor and chair of the program.

“In bringing this program to the community, we’re preparing the next generation of highly trained ophthalmic medical technologists,” Kershner said. “In return, our graduates will use their training and experience to serve the patients of South Florida.”

For more information about the PBSC Ophthalmic Medical Technology program, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/omt.

ABOVE: Students work with the latest diagnostic equipment.