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
Division of Ophthalmology Mailstop #88
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Paula Edelman, CO
(323) 669-5697
Fax (323) 662-9080

GBMC Orthoptic Fellowship Program
6569 N. Charles St. PPW Suite 505
Baltimore, MD 21204
Cheryl McCarus, CO, COMT
(443) 849-8097
Fax (443) 849-2648

University of Iowa Orthoptic Teaching Program
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Melissa Madsen, CO
(319) 356-3863
Fax (319) 384-9831

University of Michigan Orthoptic Program
W.K. Kellogg Eye Center
1000 Wall Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Bruce A. Furr, CO
(734) 764-7558
Fax (734) 763-7114

University of Minnesota Orthoptic Program
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Kimberly Merrill, CO
(612) 625-4107
Fax (612) 626-3119

Orthoptic Fellowship at Park Nicollet Clinic
Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
3900 Park Nicollet Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Lisa Rovick, CO, COMT
(952) 993-3737
Fax (952) 993-0288

The Ross Eye Institute Orthoptic Program
1176 Main St.
Buffalo , NY 14209
Kyle Arnoldi, CO, COMT
(716) 881-7914
Fax (716) 834-0081

Orthoptic Teaching Program of Tulsa
4606 East 67th St. Suite 400
Tulsa, OK 74136
Amy G. McCarthy, CO, COT
(918) 481-2781
Fax (918) 481-2785

Orthoptic Program – University of Wisconsin
Department Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
2880 University Ave. Room 212
Madison, WI 53705-9030
Jacqueline Shimko, CO, COT
(608) 263-7189
Fax (608) 263-4247

Allied Health Program in Orthoptics NYEE Infirmary
310 E. 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
Sara Shippman, CO, COMT
(212) 979-4375
Fax (212) 979-4564

Minneapolis Children's Orthoptic Program
NM Eye Clinic
6060 Clearwater Dr. Suite 150
Minnetonka, MN 55343-9490
Michelle Reiswig , CO, COMT
(763) 416-7600
Fax (763) 416-7621

IWK Grace School of Orthoptics& Ophthal Med Tech
5850 University Ave.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3J 3G9
Karen McMain, OC(C), COMT
(902) 470-8959
Fax (902) 470-7207

School of Orthoptics Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue, Orthoptic Clinic, Room M109 Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1X8
Jennifer Schofield , OC(C), COMT
(416) 813-5798
(416) 813-6261

Orthoptic Clinic Eye Care Centre
701 Queen St.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7K 0M7
Ronna Hjertaas, OC(C), COT

(306) 655-8058

Vancouver Orthoptic Program
BC Children’s Hospital
4480 Oak St.
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6H 3V4
Christy GiligsonOC(C)
(604) 875-2326



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