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Washington University of St. Louis Ophthalmic Assistant - Ophthalmology Clinical Practice - 50520 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Ophthalmology Clinical Practice. The position is located at the Center for Outpatient Health. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Provides technical and administrative support to the ophthalmologists and optometrists.


  1. Perform visual diagnostic testing including, but not limited to, visual fields, tonometry, biometry, visual evoked potentials, fundus photos and optical coherence tomography.
  2. Complete a comprehensive work-up for the ophthalmologists and optometrists.
  3. Prepare a detailed medical patient history.
  4. Explain and educate patients on physician’s diagnosis and instructions.
  5. Assist physicians with minor surgical procedures and perform visual diagnostic testing.
  6. Answer patient phone messages.
  7. Maintain CPR or Basic Life Support certification.
  8. Help foster our service culture of positivity and inclusion by maintaining a positive attitude with co-workers and excellent customer service.
  9. Cross train to cover front desk as needed.

Required Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent high school certification and two years of experience working in a medical office.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the eye, medical terminology and abbreviations.
  • Excellent communication and patient care skills.
  • Able to express a caring attitude while performing tasks required with accuracy and efficiency.
  • Ability to maintain patient information in a strict confidential manner.
  • Completion of JCAHPO’s home study course.
  • Experience in a clinical environment.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office software.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $14.44 - $17.70 per hour.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions


  • Work is performed in a clinical office setting.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Ophthalmic Assistant - Ophthalmology Clinical Practice - 50520

Job ID: 50520

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular