Frequently Asked Questions

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a process of voluntary, non-government self-regulation that recognizes educational institutions and/or programs that have been found to meet or exceed established standards of quality.

What types of accreditations are there?

There are two types of accreditation:

  • Institutional - covers entire institutions
  • Programmatic or Specialized - covers a specific program within an institution

What type of accreditation does ICA offer?

Programmatic or Specialized - ICA accredits training programs for the ophthalmic medical technician.

What levels of ophthalmic medical training programs does ICA accredit?

There are four different levels of ophthalmic medical training programs that ICA accredits:

  • Ophthalmic Non-Clinical Assistant Program
  • Ophthalmic Clinical Assistant Program
  • Ophthalmic Technician Program
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technologist Program

Is a program considered to be accredited if it has applied for accreditation or is in the accreditation process?

No

How long is initial accreditation granted for?

A maximum of 3 years

How long is continuing accreditation granted for?

A maximum of 5 years

When are the Annual Reports and Annual Fees due?

October 31 every year