University of Utah Health Care

  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

    Requisition Number
    Employment Type
    Work Schedule
    Day, M - F
    Location Name
    Moran Eye Center
    Patient Care?
  • Overview

    University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics is currently accepting resumes for current and future opportunities in the area of Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA).


    Moran Eye Care works out of various locations including: Moran Eye Center (SLC), Midvalley (Murray), Farmington, Parkway (Orem), Redstone (Park City), Redwood (SLC), South Jordan, Stansbury Park, and Westridge (West Valley). You will have the opportunity within the application to submit which location(s) you are interested in working at specifically.


    As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care 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 Care 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 7130, Ophthalmic Medical Specialist.
    • Performs intermediate diagnostic tests such as intermediate manifest refractometry (fogging, balancing, near point refractometry, and trial framing), pachymetry, tear break up time test, intermediate lens skills including measuring base curve, vertex distance, and prism in glasses including progressive lenses.
    • Performs intermediate automated visual fields for surgical assessment, including taped and untaped fields.
    • Assists with other ophthalmic procedures including obtaining the consent of the patient and assisting with laser procedures, intraocular injections, and other minor office procedures.
    • 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.
    • May perform IOL Master Scans and Contact A-scan.
    • May assist in ophthalmic imaging, as needed, including anterior segment photography, external photography, fundus photography, HRT, GDX and OCT.
    • May assist in patient flow, including scribing.
    • May be responsible for floating between several different locations.


    Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

    • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job outlined above.
    • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.
    • Ability to provide care appropriate to the population served.
    • Ability to interpret the reliability and validity of test results.
    • 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.




    • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.
    • JCAHPO certification as an Ophthalmic Assistant (COA).
    • One year of experience working in an allied health profession position in ophthalmology.

    Qualifications (Preferred)

    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.  Medical Assistant for Eye Care.

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    Physical Requirements

    Non Indicated


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