Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Ophthalmology

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Wake Forest Baptist Health
March 18, 2021
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Ophthalmology

Schedule: Full-time; 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, 8a-5p

JOB SUMMARY:  Provides preliminary screening exam and ophthalmic diagnostic tests under the direct supervision of an ophthalmologist/optometrist providing pertinent information needed for ophthalmic exam and care of the patient.


  • High School diploma or GED equivalent.


  • Certification by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel (JCAHPO) in Ophthalmology at the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) level.
  • CPR certification.

Wake Forest Baptist Health is a pre-eminent academic health system based in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest Baptist’s two main components are in integrated clinical system – anchored by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, an 885-bed tertiary-care hospital in Winston Salem – that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital, five communicate hospitals, more than 350 primary and specialty care locations and more than 2,500 physicians; and Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research that includes Wake Forest innovations, a commercialization enterprise focused on advancing health care through new medical technologies and biomedical discovery.

Generic Job Description

1.  Performs preliminary screenings as ordered via physician including but not limited to providing detailed patient medical/ocular histories, obtaining visual acuity, tonometry, lensometry, pupil exam, instilling ocular medication, and visual field testing.
2.  Maintains assigned ophthalmic exam lanes/equipment in clinic.  Cleans ophthalmic equipment in exam rooms according to guidelines.  Maintains physical environment of exam rooms.
3.  Ensures exam room/lane are stocked appropriately.
4.  Interacts with patients/families, coworkers and physicians in professional courteous manner at all times.  Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.  Contributes to the positive atmosphere of the work place at all times.
5.  Participates in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, required continuing education hours to maintain certification according to JCAHPO guidelines.  Maintains current CPR certification during employment.
6.  Under direction of physician may perform prescription refill following standard guidelines.
7.  Demonstrates dedication to patient service and care by serving as a role model in delivering quality patient care at all times.
8.  Performs other job duties incidental to the work described here in and based on Certification level.


  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Computer skills, work experience with Electronic Medical Record preferred
  • Solid understanding of ophthalmic practice and care of ophthalmic patient
  • Knowledge of ophthalmic instrumentation
  • Proficient in basic preliminary ophthalmic testing according to certification COA
  • Ability to multi task with efficiency.  Understands the need for efficient use of time
  • Ability to recognize common safety hazards and take precautions to establish a safe work surrounding
  • Ability to withstand long period of standing and walking
  • Focused and organized, working as a team player at all times


  • Clean, comfortable, office environment
  • Moderate noise level


How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must complete the application process and then submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button located at the bottom of the page titled "Submit Online Application". You will receive the following message once you hit the submit button: "You have successfully submitted your job application".

Computers are available for applying within the lobby of the Human Resources Department located at 1920 West First Street, (on the corner of Miller and First Street) Winston-Salem, North Carolina  27104. You may also call our office for assistance at (336) 716-6464.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please contact our Supervisor of Office Services by phone (336) 716-3367 or email at accommodationrequest@wakehealth.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of  Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to administer all educational and employment activities without discrimination because of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification or a statutory requirement) in accordance with all local, state, national laws, executive orders, regulations, and guidelines.

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