Orthoptist Training Programs
There is a limited amount (15) of orthoptic training programs offered in North America; 11 in the US and 4 in Canada. Orthoptic training programs are considered post-graduate studies that require a bachelor’s degree, preferably in the sciences, generally lasting 24 months. The training consists of didactic lectures, starting off with basic eye anatomy, advanced topics in ocular pharmacology and neuro-ophthalmology, hands on training through clinical experience and possibly a clinical project. Orthoptist training programs are competitive to get into, due to the fact that there are only a handful of programs who accept less than 5 people per year.
Cost of Orthoptist Training
The cost of orthoptic training varies depending on the school, but will be in the range of $2,000 to over $5,000 for tuition. There are other expenses including school fees, books and supplies, and registration. The Ross Eye Institute orthoptic training programs require its students to attend one scientific meeting per year, in which the students are responsible for all travel fees and expenses. These extra costs will also vary from program to program.
Orthoptic Training Program Requirements
Orthoptic training programs all have different requirements, but there are some to expect. A bachelor’s degree and a full application are two that need to be completed. With the application, programs may also require official academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a personal autobiographical statement. An interview is also required if the candidate meets the selection process.
List of Orthoptic Training Programs
Orthoptic Program of Children’s Hospital LA
GBMC Orthoptic Fellowship Program
University of Iowa Orthoptic Teaching Program
University of Michigan Orthoptic Program
University of Minnesota Orthoptic Program
Orthoptic Fellowship at Park Nicollet Clinic
The Ross Eye Institute Orthoptic Program
Orthoptic Teaching Program of Tulsa
Orthoptic Program – University of Wisconsin
Allied Health Program in Orthoptics NYEE Infirmary
Minneapolis Children's Orthoptic Program
IWK Grace School of Orthoptics& Ophthal Med Tech
School of Orthoptics Hospital for Sick Children
Orthoptic Clinic Eye Care Centre
Vancouver Orthoptic Program