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Optometry Assistant/Medical Assistant-West Portland Metro Area-Multiple Locations, Days & Hours Available

Primary Location Beaverton, Oregon Job Number 1187041 Date posted 05/09/2023
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Job Summary:

To assist and support doctors of optometry in a collaborative relationship to provide patients with optimum levels of general optometric care. Under the direct supervision of the doctor, will provide technical and support assistance to improve the efficacy and efficiency of the doctors of optometry.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Accurately record patients medical and visual history, review and prepare other clinical information (PST, Medicare refresh, etc.) for doctor(s). Take and record patient vitals when indicated in EMR. Perform appropriate pre-testing, such as but not limited to assessing gross visual skills, extraocular muscle action and pupillary reflexes. Perform OCT, Visual Fields and Diabetic Photos. Maintain accurate records and reports as instructed by the doctor. Instill eye-drops when ordered by the doctor. Assist in therapeutic procedures such as foreign body removal.

  • Receive and process phone calls and other patient communication, from patients, assess the nature of the situation and manage triage accordingly. Manage all aspects of doctor(s) schedule, including booking appointments.

  • Maintain diagnostic and therapeutic instruments and equipment to insure that they are clean and accurate. Assess condition of instruments and arrange for repair and/or recalibration as necessary. Maintain instruments and medications for ophthalmic therapeutics; insure that instruments and medications are available and sterile.

  • Respond to patient concerns and resolve or forward them to the proper person or area for resolution.

  • Coordinate patient optometric care with optical dispensing, membership services, family practice, ophthalmology, pharmacy and other KP departments and services.

  • Follow all KP policies, procedures, and behavior guidelines and standards for the treatment of members and confidentiality of their care. Perform other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum one (1) year back office clinical experience directly supporting a medical provider OR completion of an accredited clinical assistant program (I.E. MAs, CNAs, LPN,s Dental Assistants,  and Patient Care Techs), AND the willingness to participate in on the job training in KPs Optometry training program.


  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Paraoptometric Technician Certificate within 24 months of hire from American Optometric Association OR Paraoptometric Assistant Certificate within 24 months of hire from American Optometric Association OR Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate within 24 months of hire from The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personel in Opthomology OR Ophthalmic Technician Certificate within 24 months of hire from The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personel in Opthomology

  • Registered Medical Assistant (Washington) within 2 months of hire

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience and competence with ophthalmic instruments, including: auto-refractor, auto-lensometer, non-contact tonometer, Titmus vision tester, Snellen chart, visual acuity projector, and visual field testing equipment.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in use of instruments and equipment for preliminary testing, ancillary testing and in the application of eye-drops.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Ability to function effectively in a professional environment within a managed practice organization. Familiarity with optometric and optical terminology.

  • Familiarity with optometric instruments and equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years of previous experience in optometric or other ophthalmic practice.

  • Basic knowledge of Kaiser Permanente policies, procedures and philosophy and culture.

  • Thorough knowledge of basic science and optics, familiarity with optometric and/or ophthalmic procedures related to preliminary testing.

  • Basic knowledge of instillation of optometric diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceuticals as applied to the practice of optometry.

  • Working knowledge of HealthConnect.



  • Travel locations: SST and TNB.

Primary Location: Oregon,Beaverton,Beaverton Medical/Dental Offices 4855 SW Western A Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Variable Working Hours Start: 07:00 AM Working Hours End: 05:30 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: W02|AFT|Local 5017 Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: BEAVERTON MED & DENTAL OFFICE - Optometry - 1008 Pay Range: $25.24 - $28.14 / hour The ranges posted above reflect the location in the job posting. The salary range may vary if you reside in a different location or state than the location posted. Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status. Submit Interest