History of CoA-OMP

Late 60’s

The American Medical Association (AMA) established the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) with the responsibility of accrediting allied health education programs and providing significant financial subsidies by the AMA.

1974 to 1979

Various ophthalmological health organizations worked on writing the Essentials for the field of ophthalmology.

Mid 70’s

The Joint Review Committee for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (JRC-OMA) was established when the Standards and Guidelines were first adopted.

Mid 80’s

JRC-OMA evolved into the Joint Review Committee for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (JRC-OMP).

1994

The AMA relinquished its responsibilities of programmatic accreditation, dissolving CAHEA. CAHEA transferred its functions to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

CoA-OMP remained as one of the 18 recognized Committees on Accreditation (CoA's) within the CAAHEP system.

2005

CoA-OMP diverged from the CAAHEP system to become a freestanding accreditor of ophthalmic medical technician programs, becoming the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs. Currently, CoA-OMP has 37 accredited programs in 33 institutions.