National Credential
Credential: Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)

The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) certification is an advanced-level credential for individuals who work in eye care. The COMT is JCAHPO's third core-level designation after the entry-level Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) certification, and the intermediate-level Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) certification. COMTs work under the supervision and direction of ophthalmologists to perform ophthalmic clinical duties. COMTs are trained to do COA-level and COT-level tasks, plus more advanced-level technician work. Candidates must meet education and experiential requirements as well as pass an examination.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68Y Eye Specialist MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4000 hours
  • Education: Accredited Program
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
2025 Woodlane Drive
St. Paul, MN  55125-2998
Phone: (800) 284-3937
Fax: (651) 731-0410
Email: jcahpo@jcahpo.org

Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)

To qualify for certification at the COMT level, applicants must meet one of the following five options:

Option 1: COMT-TG1: COA-OMP or CMA1 accredited training program at the technologist level and two or more years of college education. 

  • If the applicant completed the program more than 12 months ago, he or she will need to submit 12 JCAHPO Group A credits for each year following graduation.
  • Successful completion of two or more years of college and/or university-level courses (90 quarter or 60 semester credits).

Option 2: COMT-TG2: COA-OMP or CMA1 accredited training program at the technologist level & less than two years of college education.

  • If applicant completed the program more than 12 months ago, he or she will need to submit 12 JCAHPO Group A credits for each year following graduation. The credits must be earned within 36 months prior to submitting the application.
  • Employed 4,000 hours within 24 months prior to submitting application.

Option 3: COMPT-TG3: Current COT certification and JCAHPO Group A credits.

  • Applicant will need to submit 12 JCAHPO Group A credits earned within
  • 12 months prior to submitting his or her application.
  • Applicant must maintain certification as an Orthoptist while pursuing COT certification.
  • Applicant must have employment experience totaling 6,000 hours as a COT.

Option 4: COMPT-TG4: Current CO or OC(C) certification and JCAHPO Group A credits.

  • Applicant will need to submit 12 JCAHPO Group A credits earned within 12 months prior to submitting your application.
  • Applicant must maintain certification as an Orthoptist while pursuing COMT certification.
  • Applicant must have employment experience totaling 4,000 hours as a CO or
  • OC(C) within 60 months prior to submitting application.

Option 5: COMT – TG5: Fast-Track option – Allows a current COT the use of 6,000 hours of non-certified work experience prior to becoming certified, and JCAHPO Group A credits.

  • Applicant must submit 12 JCAHPO Group A credits earned within 12 months prior to submitting your application.
  • Applicant must maintain certification as a COA while pursuing COT certification.
  • Applicant must have employment experience totaling 3,000 hours as a COT and
  • Applicant must have 6,000 hours of non-certified work experience with an ophthalmologist prior to becoming JCAHPO certified. Verification of previous work experience needs to be in the form of a letter from employer-ophthalmologist on official letterhead.

Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)

  • History Taking (3%)
  • Pupillary Assessment (4%)
  • Equipment Maintenance and Repair (3%)
  • Lensometry (6%)
  • Keratometry (3%)
  • Medical Ethics, Legal, and Regulatory Issues (5%)
  • Microbiology (5%)
  • Pharmacology (8%)
  • Ocular Motility (11%)
  • Assisting in Surgical Procedures (3%)
  • Ophthalmic Patient Services and Education (10%)
  • Ophthalmic Imaging (6%)
  • Refractometry (6%)
  • Supplemental Skills (10%)
  • Tonometry (5%)
  • Visual Assessment (6%)
  • Visual Fields (6%)
  • Lensometry
  • Visual Fields
  • Ocular Motility
  • Keratometry
  • Retinoscopy
  • Refinement
  • Tonometry

Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their skill in each of the following five areas:

  • Measure patient’s ocular motility using prism and cover tests at a distance.
  • Perform manual lensometry: Identify and measure prism.
  • Perform fundus photography and identify fluorescein angiography phases.
  • Measure, compare, and evaluate pupil function at a distance.
  • Evaluate versions and ductions, identifying any abnormalities.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Candidates must earn 36 Credits with a minimum of 18 JCAHPO Group A credits. The other 18 credits may be Group A or Group B credits. All credits must be earned within the 36 month recertification cycle.
  • Candidates may also successfully complete the COMT multiple-choice exam in lieu of earning credits for recertification.