Certified Ophthalmic Technician Exam - COT Study Guide
If you are a certified ophthalmic assistant, then you are likey eligible to take the ophthalmic technician (COT) certification exam. You can check on your eligibility by clicking here. The only other way to COT exam eligibility is to graduate from an accredited training program. If you unfamiliar with the profession and you need some introductory information, go here.
Once you are ready to sign up for the exam, you will have some questions about what and how to study. That is what this COT exam study guide is about:
What do I need to study for the COT certification exam?
JCAHPO publishes a PDF guide called the "Criteria for Certification and Recertification". This guide lists the "content areas" and "sub-content areas", or subject matter, that will be included on the exam. You can get your own copy by going to the JCAHPO website, www.jcahpo.org. Here is an example of a content area and the sub-content areas:
Content area: SUPPLEMENTAL SKILLS
IOL power calculation
♦ Rose Bengal
♦ Biometry instruments
♦ Topography unit
Anterior chamber depth
Color vision testing
Contact and Immersion A-Scan
Laser interferometry (IOL Master)
Corneal sensitivity testing
There are 19 of these content areas, and over 100 sub-content areas on the COT exam. Now all you have to do is figure out where you can get study material that will cover all of this content. Something elso to think about, since the field is constantly changing, JCAHPO makes fairly frequent changes to the content areas, so make sure those resources are all up-to-date. Fortunately, there is help available.
I have been working as an ophthalmic assistant for many years. Don't I have enough knowledge to pass the COT exam without having to study?
I have heard of people who have claimed that they passed the COA certification exam without studying, but I have never heard anyone claim to pass the COT exam without studying. This exam costs $325 to take. I don't think I would take that chance, especially since a quality study resourse is available.
I have a list of study resources from my co-workers. How do I know that everything I need to know is covered in these materials?
You don't really know, unless you take the time to cross-reference your study material with the exam content areas. This has already been done for you with the eyetec.net certfied ophthalmic technician exam prep course.
I will need to get 12 CE credits this year in order to apply for the COT exam. Where can I get CE credits that are also relevant to the content areas?
Yes, 12 CE credits are required for the 12 months prior to applying for the COT exam. The eyetec.net COT exam prep course also comes with 12 CE credits. You can choose credits from a list of course that are all relevant to the exam content areas. This reduces your total cost since the credits are included in the cost of the prep course.
If I pass the written exam, there the skill evaluation that I will need to pass. Where can I find study material for the skill evaluation?
After you pass the written exam, you will need to pass a performance test before becoming certified. The skill areas that will be tested on the COT exam performance test are: lensometry, visual fields, ocular motility, keratometry, retinoscopy, refinement, and tonometry. It is likely that you use these skills in your everyday work environment, and it is not hard to find resourses to describe these skills. The eyetec.net COT exam prep course includes intructions for these skills. Keep in mind that the performance test is a computer simulation. JCAHPO has a "learning systems" CD that it sells that is based on the same software. This CD can used to practice for the skill evaluation