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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Seattle, WA 98104
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  • Administrative / Clerical
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Job Details

Job Number: 201671\n

Department: Ophthalmology\n

Hours: 8:00a - 4:30p\n

As a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant in our fast paced downtown Clinic, you will have the opportunity to provide assistance to our great Ophthalmologists/Optometrists by performing clinical and administrative duties required to most effectively handle the day-to-day functioning of their practices. You will perform Ophthalmic Assistant (OA) duties, as well as end-point refractions and higher-level ophthalmic testing.

  • Greet and room patient. Complete patient work-up, including collection of history and chart information such as chief complaint, medications, and allergies. Perform testing of vision and neutralizing of spectacles.
  • Ensure the fee sheet is properly completed and ready for data entry. Enter information into Cerner in accordance with VM standard process. Take intraocular pressure by applanation or Tonopen, and perform refractometry. May perform additional tests including, but not limited to: A- or B-scan calculations, Visual Fields, Pachymetry, Corneal Topography, Heidelberg Retina Tomography (HRT) and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).
  • May assist physician with in-office procedures, as appropriate and in accordance with incumbent’s training. Administer ocular medications as prescribed by the physician.
  • Educate patients as necessary or requested.
  • Provide patient counseling regarding proper use of medication. As needed, distributes approved pre- and post-op guidelines.
  • Perform telephone triage to assess urgent versus emergent needs and create schedules to meet the needs of the patient. Work with e-call physician’s teams to work in patients.
  • General scheduling of patients and handling of phone messages.
  • Restock and clean exam rooms after patient care. Close rooms at end of patient schedule.

    Located in Seattle, WA, Virginia Mason is an internationally recognized leader in the continuous improvement of health care. With an extensive list of awards and distinctions that includes our recognition as a Leapfrog Top Hospital of the Decade; Virginia Mason offers you the opportunity to partner with exceptionally talented peers at every level. 

    You will contribute to the strength of our Team Medicine approach to collaborative medicine and benefit from the changes enacted through our Virginia Mason Production System, a model that has transformed health care by providing patients with easier access to care, reducing errors, and continuously innovating patient safety and quality that has been adopted by other organizations here and abroad. Join us, and find out how many ways Virginia Mason offers you the chance to focus on what really matters… your patients.\n


    High School/GED required. JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) or Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) required. 1 year working in an optometry or ophthalmology practice required.

    Must have a working knowledge of anatomy, pharmacology, medical terminology, sterilization techniques, and basic eye care. Understanding of ophthalmic testing and the use of ophthalmic instruments and equipment.  Basic skills in operating a computer and office equipment. Strong interpersonal and customer relations skills; strong communication skills and organizational skills required.  Ability to make chart documentation with entry into electronic medical record.\n


    Just as Virginia Mason is dedicated to improving the lives of our patients and our community, we are equally dedicated to your professional and personal success. With a wide range of perks that includes a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, and the opportunity to live in one of the most livable cities in the nation, you will find that an opportunity with Team Medicine is one worth taking.   \n

    We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.",
    Experience: 8:00a - 4:30p

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