Rocky Mountain Ophthalmic Personnel is an organization open to all ophthalmic personnel in the Rocky Mountain region. RMOP offers support, educational opportunities and placement assistance for those who wish to advance their careers in the field of ophthalmology. Membership includes ophthalmic assistants at all levels of certification as well as ophthalmic photographers, nursing and surgical personnel, receptionists and secretaries.

fundus-ODRMOP strives to elevate the skills and knowledge of ophthalmic personnel in order to ensure the delivery of quality eye care. This is accomplished by:

  • Promoting awareness in the ophthalmic community of the role, education, training, and skills of certified allied health personnel in ophthalmology.
  • Disseminating information to ophthalmic assistants regarding education and certification.
  • Promoting and encouraging additional training by providing continuing education programs in the Rocky Mountain region.
laser-surgeryRMOP holds regular meetings throughout the Rocky Mountain region offering an opportunity for members to exchange ideas and information of mutual concern. These meetings include a lecture on various aspects of ophthalmic practice and are given by ophthalmologists and certified personnel in a variety of specialties. Meetings are often sponsored by the companies who supply medication and equipment for ophthalmology giving participants the opportunity to interact with these professionals at greater length than is available in the office setting.

A bimonthly newsletter is mailed to members keeping them advised of upcoming continuing education programs as well as providing timely articles of current interest and job listings.

Certification is provided by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology on a 1:1 basis pending program approval.
Minolta DSCRMOP has an annual membership fee of $50.00 for regular members and $25.00 for students enrolled in an ophthalmic training program. This fee enables the member to attend regular programs at no additional cost, receive proof of attendance for certification, the bimonthly newsletter and receive discounts on symposiums and workshops.

The membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Membership renewal notices are mailed in June.

Membership may be obtained by filling out and printing or sending the Membership Application Form and mailing appropriate payment.

According to JCAHPO (Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology) the advantages are as follows:

  • Informs the public that you have successfully met the performance standards of ophthalmic medical assisting.
  • Enhances your professional development through job opportunities and increased earning potential.
  • Reinforces the professional image of the field of ophthalmic medical assisting.
  • Demonstrates your pride in the profession and commitment to ophthalmology.
  • Signifies that you have met or exceeded the rigorous criteria of knowledge and experience.
  • Assures patients of your competence in providing quality eye care, and strengthens their confidence.
The best information is at the JCAHPO website. As our certifying organization, they regulate the requirements as well as what and how testing is done.

Briefly, you must have a High School diploma or the equivalent for any level of certification. Following that there are a variety of options for becoming a COA including completing a formal training program and having clinical experience and, the most popular, taking a home study course and working for a year under supervision. To become a COT you must be a COA, have worked for one year as a COA, earned 18 hours of continuing education credits (50+ hours are available each year through RMOP) and take a computer based written and skills exam. Details about certification and how to begin are all available at JCAHPO.

mision1Continuing Education requirements for re-certification are:

  • COA – 18 credits every three years
  • COT – 27 credits every three years
  • COMT – 36 credits every three years
RMOP offers over 50 hours of CEC, most of which are “A” credits in three different regions, northern, southern and Denver metro approximately 10 months a year. We have hands on workshops and symposiums. We track your meeting attendance and occasionally offer scholarships for continuing education. All this for only $50.00 a year.