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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Virginia Mason Medical Center Issaquah, Washington

The posted compensation range of $25.71 - $37.54 /hour is a reasonable estimate that extends from the lowest to the highest pay CommonSpirit in good faith believes it might pay for this particular job, based on the circumstances at the time of posting. CommonSpirit may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range as permitted by law.

Requisition ID 2024-351797 Employment Type Full Time Department Ophthalmology Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Day Weekly Schedule 7a-5:30p variable Remote No Category Technician

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health brings together two award-winning health systems in Washington state  CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason. As one integrated health system with the most patient access points in western Washington, our team includes 18,000 staff and nearly 5,000 employed physicians and affiliated providers.

At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, you will find the safest and highest quality of care provided by our expert, compassionate medical care team at 11 hospitals and nearly 300 sites throughout the greater Puget Sound region. 

While you’re busy impacting the healthcare industry, we’ll take care of you with benefits that include health/dental/vision, FSA, matching retirement plans, paid vacation, adoption assistance, annual bonus eligibility, and more!


The COA provides assistance to Ophthalmologists/Optometrists by performing clerical and clinical duties required to most effectively handle the day-to-day functioning of their practices. This job performs Ophthalmic Assistant (OA) duties, as well as end-point refractions and higher-level ophthalmic testing.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Greets and rooms patient. Completes patient work-up, including collection of history and chart information such as chief complaint, medications, and allergies. Performs testing of vision and neutralizing of spectacles.
  • Ensures the fee sheet is properly completed and ready for data entry. Enters information into Cerner in accordance with VM standard process. Takes intraocular pressure by applanation or Tonopen, and performs 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. Administers ocular medications as prescribed by the physician. Educates patients as necessary or requested.
  • Provides patient counseling regarding proper use of medication. As needed, distributes approved pre- and post-op guidelines.
  • Performs telephone triage to assess urgent versus emergent needs and creates schedules to meet the needs of the patient. Works with e-call physician’s teams to work in patients. Does general scheduling of patients and handling of phone messages.
  • Restocks and cleans exam rooms after patient care. Conducts area sweeps during and at end of day to ensure that team area is always at a level 4 per 5S guidelines. Closes rooms at end of patient schedule.

"We deliver inspired people to do meaningful work."


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

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.

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.  

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


While you’re busy impacting the healthcare industry, we’ll take care of you with benefits that may include health/dental/vision, FSA, matching retirement plans, paid time off, tuition assistance, adoption assistance, and more!

Unless directed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement, applications for this position will be considered on a rolling basis. CommonSpirit Health cannot anticipate the date by which a successful candidate may be identified.

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