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Opthalmic Medical Technician (OMT), or Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA), or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) / South Jordan Health Center

Opthalmic Medical Technician (OMT), or Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA), or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) / South Jordan Health Center

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Employment Type 
Work Schedule 
Varies Monday thru Friday- 8AM to 5PM
Location Name 
South Jordan Health Center
Patient Care? 
UCC OPC 80S SJHC Opthalmology

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As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position performs preliminary examinations and evaluations of patients with ocular complaints, diseases, or disorders by initiating and executing technical tests utilized exclusively in ophthalmology. The incumbent provides information to and consults with ophthalmologists who facilitate the diagnosis and eventual treatment of patients.

This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law.


  • Performs successfully all of the Essential Functions of job code 7157, Certified Ophthalmic Assistant.
  • Increases clinic and physician efficiency by performing advanced testing, which may include IOL Master scan, LenStar scan, Goldmann Visual Fields, Tangent Screen Visual Fields, Manual B/P and HR, Wave Front scan, Visante Anterior Segment OCT, Contact and Immersion A Scan biometry, Retinoscopy, and FM100 Color Vision.
  • Performs advanced lensometry including the identification and measuring of Fresnel, ground-in prism, slab off, and measurement and conversion of vertex distance.
  • Performs intermediate ocular motility testing, including cover/uncover/alternate cover testing, Maddox rod testing, worth 4-dot test, Hirschberg, Krimsky, near point accommodation, near point conversion, and fusional convergence amplitudes.
  • Makes decisions regarding which screening procedures and specialized tests should be applied to each patient based on symptoms as reported by the patient.
  • Interprets the reliability and validity of test results and seeks additional guidance to ascertain the next appropriate treatment procedure.
  • Assists low vision specialists, as needed.
  • Maintains instruments in office through routine maintenance, cleaning, and verification of calibration.
  • May perform exophthalmometry, and corneal sensitivity testing.
  • May assist in collecting cultures and biopsy specimens.
  • May assist in ophthalmic imaging as needed, including fluorescein angiography, endothelial cell count, and B-scans.
  • May act as a scrub technician for cataract, retinal, and refractive surgeries, utilizing sterile technique, and proper care of surgical equipment.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job outlined above.
  • Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills.
  • Ability to provide care appropriate to the population served.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development.
  • Ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of advanced visual acuity testing, including optotype, ETDRS, EVA, and other special situations.



Licenses Required

  • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.



Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Previous experience working in an allied health profession position in ophthalmology (Up to 3 years depending on level of certification).
  • Desire to work towards and obtain JCAHPO certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
  • JCAHPO certification as an Ophthalmic Technician (COT).
  • JCAHPO certification as an Ophthalmic Assistant (COA).


* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.



Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving patients or objects, such as medical equipment, while providing patient care. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases and may be required to function around prisoners or behavioral health patients.

Physical Requirements

Non Indicated