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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

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Position Template

Position Template

Salary Competitive
Required Qualifications

High school education or equivalent. Meet and maintain the minimum requirements for JCAHPO certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA). Experience in the field of ophthalmology required.

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Position Details

Position Information

Job Title Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)
Work Location MARC (8300 Floyd Curl Drive)
Benefits Eligible? Yes
Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Number of hours per week 40
Is this position required to drive a UT vehicle? No
Job Description

Provides assistance to Ophthalmologists and Optometrists by performing a variety of basic technical procedures and administers treatments as directed by the Ophthalmologists and Optometrists. Performs routine and standardized tasks such as preparing patients for examinations,screening patients, assisting the ophthalmologists during the examination.

Preferred Qualifications

CPR Certified
One year technical experience.

Combination of Relevant Education and Experience accepted No

Job Duties

Job Duty

Assists the Ophthalmologist in the treatment and care of patients. Proficient in adult and pediatric Ophthalmic care. Tests (measures and records) basic ocular function, to include: visual acuity, ocular motility, color vision testing, visual field exams, lensometry, tonometry, refractions, Amsler grid, worth 4 dot, and evaluation of pupils.
Performs efficient, accurate, and legible patient workups to include patient interviews, obtaining and documenting medical history, medication history, chief complaint, obtaining health care information maintenance, etc. Administers eye and oral medications as directed by the ophthalmologist. Understands, communicates, and follows rules regarding patient consent for procedures.

Percentage Of Time 70
Job Duty

Performs a variety of other procedures and techniques such as axial length and IOL calculation, measurement of refractive error (retinoscopy), and external photography, measurement and placement of prisms, etc.

Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty

Reports missing or unserviceable equipment to lead technician. Maintains appearance and stocking of supplies and forms in exam rooms. Maintains ophthalmic instruments by cleaning exposed lenses, mirrors and prisms and replacing burned out bulbs.

Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty

Assists ophthalmologist with surgical procedures. Sterilizes surgical instruments. Changes dressings and instructs patients and/or parents in home care.

Percentage Of Time 10

Posting Details

Posting Details

Requisition Number 20162959
Type of Recruitment Open Recruitment (open to UTHSCSA and non-UTHSCSA employees)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Security Sensitive Statement

All positions are security sensitive and will require criminal background checks.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer which includes protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this career opportunity?
    • Website - UT Health Science Center
    • Indeed
    • Social media (i.e. LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
    • College/University
    • Texas Workforce Commission
    • UT Health Science Center employee referral
    • Advertisement/External Publication
    • Other
  2. * Are you bilingual (English and Spanish)?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) issued by JCAHPO?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Describe your experience as it relates to this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Certification and Licenses
Optional Documents
  1. Other