Ophthalmic Clinical Spec I

Patient Care Providers
21002169 Requisition #

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics department of Ophthalmology is seeking a 100% Ophthalmic Clinical Specialist I to perform technical and diverse optical testing as a portion of the complete ocular exam, in addition to obtaining patient histories, meds and allergies for the supervising physician.

Duties to include:

  • Demonstrate refraction competency with optometrist.
  • Transpose spectacle prescriptions from minus to plus cylinder.
  • Responsible for knowing basic pharmacology of ocular medications, instilling multiple diagnostic drops during the exam, per protocol.
  • Perform manual keratometery testing.
  • Answers phone calls, triages patient complaints, working them into clinic as needed.
  • Able to perform advanced applanation tonometry for corneal irregularity problems, or patients with high astigmatism.
  • Assist with ocular specimen collection using various types of media for microbiology.
  • Maintains technological equipment, calling for repairs and troubleshooting as needed.  Maintains equipment as needed by changing bulbs, arranging repairs.
  • Assists physicians with procedures including obtaining cultures, tap and injection procedures.
  • Assists physician with scheduling procedures.
  • Ensure that quality control testing is complete and documented.
  • Participate in interview process for new hires and provide feedback.
  • Consult with the clinic leadership regarding staffing for the day and week.
  • Address patient complaints or be a resource for service recovery.
  • Function as an Epic super user.
  • Train other staff.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®

Percent of Time: 100%

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00a-5:00p

Location: UIHC, Iowa City

Rotations: N/A

Salary: $38,607.12 - $57,399.12

Pay Grade: 10

**This position is being cross posted as a Clin Tech III - COA certification is desirable

Required Qualifications:

  • Three years of health care experience involving direct patient care including some use and maintenance of specialized medical equipment , or a combination of related education and experience.
  • COA certification through JCAHPO
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and abilities


  • 18 months of ophthalmic patient care
  • COT certification through JCAHPO

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload current CV, desirable cover letter and (3) references (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on date of closing.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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