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Ophthalmic Assistant Cert

Company: CHI Franciscan Medical Group
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: October 12, 2021

Job Description:


In 2020, united in a fierce commitment to deliver the highest quality care and exceptional patient experience, Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan Health came together as natural partners to build a new health system centered around the patient: Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Our combined system builds upon the scale and expertise of our nearly 300 sites of care, including 11 hospitals and nearly 5,000 physicians and providers. Together, we are empowered to make an even greater impact on the health and well-being of our communities. 


CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason are now united to build the future of patient-centered care across the Pacific Northwest. That means a seamlessly connected system offering quality care close to home. From basic health needs to the most complex, highly specialized care, our patients can count on us to meet their needs with convenient access to the region’s most prestigious experts and innovative treatments and technologies. 


As a part of our organization, we currently offer the following benefits:


  • Competitive starting wages (DOE) and training to grow within the company
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Sign on Bonus for experienced ICU RN External Candidates
  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Flexible health spending accounts (FSA)
  • Matching 401(k) and 457(b) Retirement Programs
  • Tuition Assistance for career growth and development
  • Care@Work premium account for additional support with children, pets, dependent adults, and household needs
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and your family
  • Voluntary Protection: Group Accident, Critical Illness, and Identify Theft
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Wellness Program



Franciscan Medical Group, part of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, is currently seeking a PER DIEM Certifed Ophthalmic Assistant for our Franciscan Eye Care Clinic in Tacoma, WA. We are a team based environment within a busy Medical Specialty Care Clinic. This clinic is open Monday through Friday with no weekend or evening hours.  Apply today!


Job Summary:


Provide administrative and clinical support for the delivery of optical and ophthalmic services.


Essential Duties:


  • Responsible for all patient intake. Conduct patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations. Perform all phases of visual acuity testing within scope of training including: acuity, pinhole, amsler grid, color vision and other vision screening tests as assigned. Advance knowledge of ocular anatomy and ophthalmic/medical terminology and abbreviations. Triage and ocular emergencies; Answer technical questions/telephone calls for the front office.
  • Assist physicians in minor office surgeries, providing informed consent and patient instructions post surgery. Perform A-san ultrasonography. Perform advanced retinal photography as well as other diagnostic imaging (Optical coherence tomography/Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy) within scope of training.
  • Ensure that patient charts, medical coding, diagnoses and billings are accurately recorded and maintained. Record review for quality assurance and CPT compliance as directed by supervisor. Coordinate and schedule orientation and training of back office staff for medical records documentation as directed by technician supervisor.
  • Perform manual and automated lensometry, retinoscopy, refraction, understanding of spectacle prescription components and design, ability to write and read spectacle contact lens prescriptions. Perform applanation, non-contact and tonopen tonometry. Perform pupil evaluation, estimation of A/C depth and confrontation visual fields. Pupil dilation with appropriate drops. Administer eye drops for diagnostic and treatment purposes. Perform keratometry, and operated autorefractor/keratometer. Perform automated visual field testing.
  • Ensure that patient inquiries or requests are resolved in a timely manner. Ensure adherence to departmental policies and procedures in the delivery of services. Function as liaison between clinic and pharmaceutical representatives.
  • Schedule appointments, order tests, access network resources, utilize e-mail as necessary for effective communication. Use diagnostic equipment to provide images and data across networks and post images from diagnostic instruments to network.
  • Prepare clinic rooms for patient and physician use. Maintain ophthalmic equipment and clean/stock assigned rooms. Orders back office supplies and inventory control.  Confirms order of new supplies with technician supervisor. Forms management and creation as directed by technician supervisor.  Created new forms, manages process and order for printing of forms directed by technician supervisor and approved by  Clinic Manager.
  • Provide contact lens services including patient training on insertion and removal, lens care. Perform basic contact lens fitting and over-refraction; order and receive lenses. Answer questions relations to ocular pharmacology; able to assist patient with questions/reactions regarding ocular medication, call in or manage medication prescription or refill requests on instruction of physicians.

Other: Performs related duties as required.


Education/Work Experience:


  • Certification as JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Technician required
  • Within the last four-(4) years, four-(4) years of clinical patient care, 2 years in eye care center



  • Certification as JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Technician
  • Must have a current CPR certification or must be certified within 30 days of hire date.

Keywords: CHI Franciscan Medical Group, Tacoma , Ophthalmic Assistant Cert, Other , Tacoma, Washington

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