Ophthalmic Technician Training

Ophthalmic Technician Assistant Apprenticeship Program

(No Experience Required)

The Wilmer Eye Institute offers a variety of opportunities to those interested in becoming an ophthalmic technician assistant. We are always looking for candidates with superb interpersonal skills and interest in medicine and helping people. Our on-the-job paid learning experience offers comprehensive training and dedicated mentorship to ensure the success of every trainee.

While no ophthalmic or medical experience is required for entry into our apprenticeship program, candidates should have:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to work with numbers
  • A verifiable work history
  • An interest in the eye and in helping people

If you are not an experienced ophthalmic technician and are interested in the Ophthalmic Technician Training Program, please visit JHU Jobs and search “ophthalmic technician assistant.”

Ophthalmic Technician

(1+ Year Experience)

We are always looking for experienced and eager ophthalmic technicians who enjoy performing fast-paced, wide-ranging duties.

At Wilmer you will:

  • Gain experience in multiple disciplines and technical areas
  • Work hands-on with the latest technologies in ophthalmology
  • Care for patients with a wide range of eye conditions and see new research in action
  • Have a path to leadership and professional positions in both clinical and research areas

Technicians have the opportunity to obtain certification within 18 months of hire.

If you are an experienced ophthalmic technician and are interested in joining Wilmer, please visit JHU Jobs and search for "ophthalmic technician."

Wilmer: Cultivating the Next Generation of Ophthalmic Technicians

  • One of a Kind

    For nearly 20 years, Wilmer’s technician training program has provided promise and opportunity to people looking for a career in medicine.

  • A Vision for Jobs of the Future

    Howard Community College and the Wilmer Eye Institute collaborate to train a new generation of ophthalmic technician assistants.

  • Behind the Lens

    There are about 120 ophthalmic technicians across nine Wilmer locations. Immerse yourself in the day-to-day experience of the Wilmer technician.

A Great Place to Work

Ophthalmic technicians at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins discuss their career paths and job responsibilities.


At Wilmer, you will be surrounded by enthusiastic and helpful colleagues who take your professional development seriously. We invest in our employees and give them every opportunity to succeed. Benefits include:

  • Free training and continuing education
  • Competitive salaries
  • Full Johns Hopkins employee benefits
  • Nine convenient locations in central Maryland
  • Work-life balance: 8-hour shifts, no evenings, 13 university holidays per year
  • Tuition reimbursement for employees and their children
  • Uniforms provided

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Halloween at Wilmer
Halloween at Wilmer
Halloween at Wilmer
Tonie Hines technician
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Practice eye exam
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tech uses exam equipment
Heather Connors technician
Julie Christopherson technician
Marianne Medura technician
Nadia Wong technician
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Career Opportunities

Technician training is a path to new potential career opportunities. For more information on the roles and career paths available to ophthalmic technicians we recommend the following resources:

If you are an experienced ophthalmic technician and would like to view the current technician job opportunities available with Wilmer, please visit JHU Jobs and search for "ophthalmic technician".


If you would like additional information about opportunities at the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and its satellite locations, please complete the form below with your name and email address.