How to Pass the Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Skill Exam


The Challenge:

(This discussion only applies to those who have passed the written portion of the JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Certification Exam.)

The COT Skill Evaluation tests seven skill areas that are common to the technician job description. An additonal problem for the test taker is that the testing is done via interactive software. Not only do you have to know the skills, which most of us do know from our daily jobs, but for the test you also have to know the dag nab software. If you don't go into the exam knowing the software, then you spend most of your time trying to figure out the software rather than demonstrating your skills, which is stressful enough on a timed exam.

How to get to know the software:

Purchase the "How to Pass the COT Skill Evaluation" course on eyetec.net ($45).

This course uses discussion and animations to take you step-by-step through the software procedures. You are instructed in the correct steps and the correct order of the steps. The animated illustrations look very similar to what you will encounter on the exam. The advantage is that you can become familiar with the software in a short period of time and at a reasonable cost. Another advantage is that you are instructed in the correct steps and the correct order of the steps. The main disadvantage is that it is not interactive. 

You can get a free sample of the course by clicking the following link. The sample is the keratometry skill. This module is the exact same one that is part of the course. You must be registered and logged in to go to the sample. If you get a "you are not authorized" message when you go to the page, login at the top of the page and then use the "back" button on your browser. Click here to go to the sample.

Purchase the course: Click here. You must be registered and logged in first.