Oregon Health & Science University

Ophthalmic Technician Trainee, Hood River/The Dalles, OR

Job Locations US-OR-Hood River
Requisition ID
Position Category
Allied Health
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Casey Eye Institute, Hood River and The Dalles, OR
Salary Range
$24.59 - $34.63 per hour, depending on experience
Monday through Friday
Hours to be determined by manager
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

OHSU Casey Eye Institute is a premier academic medical center providing eye care for adults and children in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We treat eye conditions from the most straightforward to the most complex, and offer expert care in all ophthalmology specialties. Learn more about our clinics and services


Since 1945, OHSU Casey Eye Institute doctors and vision scientists have worked side by side to discover the causes of eye disease and find new treatments. Bringing research and patient care together helps us turn possibilities into realities OHSU Casey Eye Institute is a "High Performing" eye hospital, which means we are ranked in the top 10 percent nationally by U.S. News & World Report.


The purpose of this position is to provide ophthalmic patient care assistance to faculty in the Casey Eye satellite clinics in Hood River and The Dalles, providing ancillary screening and testing as necessary.


Note: this is a trainee position, trainee applicants will be considered and must meet the minimum qualifications of the position within 12 months of hire.

Function/Duties of Position

Perform ophthalmic testing as appropriate per patient, including distance and near vision, corneal curvature, color vision, lensometry, interpupillary distance, applanation, laser interferometry, refractometry, retinoscopy, fogging, cross cylinder refinement, measurement of accommodation, Worth 4 dot test, stereopsis tests, near point of convergence, ductions, versions and vergences.  Assist in performance in laser surgery. Perform testing and evaluations of patients.


Screen patients for ophthalmic exams, including chief complaint, history, allergies, medications, supplements.  Perform protocol refractions and ophthalmic evaluations for various clinical studies.


Assist doctors during examination as needed; prepare for and assist minor surgeries; apply eye dressings, protective shields and safety glasses; as directed by physician, dispense medication prescriptions as needed by physician.


erform indentation applanation and noncontact tonometry, obtain comprehensive ocular motility movements.


Set up ophthalmic exam rooms, perform minor repairs on and maintain ophthalmic instruments.


Participate in continuing education courses and activities, maintain JCAHPO certification.  Have knowledge of and be able to practice JCAHO clinical guidelines.  Demonstrate competence in all required skills during yearly skills evaluation.  On an as needed basis, be able to perform duties as assigned by supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of an accredited training program such as Ophthalmic Technician Program, Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Training Program, Eye Care Assistant Program, Ophthalmic Assistant Program, Ophthalmic Clinical Assistant Program, Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Program, Ophthalmic Medical Technology;
    • OR AA in Ophthalmic Technology from an accredited school
    • OR Current certification as a certified ophthalmic technician (COA) or higher;
    • OR BA/BS or in Health Care, Science or Research related field AND 1 year of clinical/lab experience conducting preliminary screening/vision testing to include specialized tests and visual fields; 
    • OR 2 years of clinical/lab experience conducting preliminary screening/vision testing to include specialized tests and visual fields.
  • BLS certification through American Heart Association (AHA), provider level.
    • Initial certification is the responsibility of the employee. Renewal certification classes/cost provided by OHSU if job required.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.
  • Must be able to perform ophthalmic tests and exams as specified above.  Ability to perform Goldmann Visual fields.  Demonstrated ability to use clinical diagnostic equipment.  Must be detail oriented and possess excellent interpersonal and patient relations skills.  Ability to multi-task and delegate workload is essential.  Strong skills and background with clinic operations including scheduling systems, and inventory control.

Training position must meet these qualifications within 12 months of start date.


Preferred Qualifications

COA or COT certification preferred.

Additional Details

Generous Benefits Package Including:
• Comprehensive medical, dental & vision care plans - Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents
• $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee
• Retirement: Choose between pension plan or employee matching voluntary savings plan
• Vacation - Pp to 200 hours per year depending on length of service
• Sick Leave - Up to 96 hours per year
• 8 paid holidays per year
• Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts
• Tuition Reimbursement 
• Innovative Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Cutting Edge Wellness Platform 
• Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
• Employee Discounts
• …and much more!


All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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