Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Job ID 2022-46768
Area of Interest
Patient Care - Non Nursing
Location Name
Hospital Main Campus
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Ophthalmology Clinic
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province
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The Certified Ophthalmic Assistant provides ophthalmic assistant services for evaluation and care of pediatric patients under ophthalmologist and optometrist supervision at all applicable practice locations. This includes developmentally appropriate basic clinical testing and documentation of visual function in children of all ages, multiple specialized technical testing procedures and assessments for selected patients, and patient education, in addition to assisting providers with minor procedures. The Ophthalmic Assistant II also contributes together with other team members to ensuring safe and efficient clinic flow, and facilitating patient/provider communication between clinic visits.

The Certified Ophthalmic Assistant facilitates safe and efficient flow for clinic visits across all practice locations by providing multiple technical ophthalmic testing procedures under the ophthalmologists or optometrists supervision, including assisting these providers with minor procedures. The Certified Ophthalmic Assistant also coordinates communication between care team members both within and outside of Seattle Children’s Hospital, triages incoming referrals as well as patient and parent concerns and is able to provide patient education to families. The Certified Ophthalmic Assistant is proficient with ocular imaging and supplemental testing techniques.


Required Education/Experience:
- High school diploma or equivalent experience
- Minimum of one (1) year experience in an ophthalmology practice or related setting.

Required Credentials:
- Medical Assistant – Registered or Certified designation by Washington Department of Health (DOH) must be obtained within 3 months of employment.
- Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)- International Joint Commision on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmogy (JCAHPO).
- BLS for Healthcare providers.

- Completed COA certificate program.

About Us

Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s –- to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE


Our founding promise to the community is as valid today as it was over a century ago: we will care for all children in our region, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent, academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.


In 2022, U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Seattle Children’s among the nation’s best children’s hospitals – for the 30th year in a row. For more than a decade, Seattle Children’s has been nationally ranked in all 10 specialty areas evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. We are honored to be the top-ranked pediatric hospital in Washington and the Pacific Northwest.


As a Magnet designated institution, and classified among America’s best large employers by Forbes, we recognize the importance of hiring and developing great talent to provide best-in-class care to the patients and families we serve. Our organizational DNA takes form in our core values: Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration, Equity and Innovation. Whether it’s delivering frontline care to our patients in a kind and caring manner, practicing the highest standards of quality and safety, or being relentlessly curious as we work towards eradicating childhood diseases, these values are the fabric of our culture and community. The future starts here.

Covid-19 Vaccination

Seattle Children’s requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All offers are contingent and your vaccine status will be verified at onboarding.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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