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Hospital Lab Technician IV - GHEI Orange - Ophth Clinic - F/T Days - 69215-1A

Updated: May 17, 2024
Location: Orange
Job Type:
Department: GHEI Orange - Ophth Clinic


Position Number: 40315872

Reports to: Optometry Supervisor 1

Working Title: Hospital Lab Technician IV

Cost Center: GHEI Orange - Ophth Clinic (427264) 

Bargaining Unit: AFSCME

FLSA: Nonexempt

Date Created: 12/21/2019

Job Code: 008973

Hours: 40

Shift: Not Applicable

FTE: 1


This position may be filled as an HLT II, HLT III or HLT IV and the classification is dependent upon certification held.  The HLT II position requires previous experience in Ophthalmology; the HLT III requires previous experience and holds a current COA certification; the HLT IV also requires previous experience and holds a current COT certification.



Position Summary: 

Incumbent works as a specialist or lead within the clinic.  Demonstrates the highest degree of proficiency in use of all equipment and performance of technical ophthalmic procedures.   Performs preliminary examinations, including recording patient history, testing visual acuity, intra-ocular pressure, neutralizing current lenses with the lensometer, automated and simple manifest refractions, and screening color tests.  Performs special tests based on physicians' orders including keratometer readings, visual fields, GDX, topography, and axial length measurements.  Triages patient and pharmacy telephone calls and prescription refills, intervening with physicians as appropriate. In conjunction with the Manager, coordinates front and back office operations and scheduling to maximize patient and office flow and assists in assessing training needs of staff. As appropriate, formulates patient plans of care and follow up. Works independently within the parameters of COT certification. Assists in the orientation of new technicians and assists the new hire with learning all job skills with diagnostic testing.



Total Compensation

In addition to the salary range listed below, we offer a wealth of benefits to make working at UCI even more rewarding. These benefits may include medical insurance, sick and vacation time, retirement savings plans, and access to a number of discounts and perks. Please utilize the links listed here to learn more about our: 

Compensation practices (https://www.hr.uci.edu/partnership/totalrewards/compensation.php) and 

Benefits (https://careersucirvine.ttcportals.com/pages/benefits). 


Salary Range: 


Hourly Rate  Minimum   $36.47                  Midpoint              $40.92               Maximum $45.36


Required Qualifications:



Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across the Health System

Ability to maintain a work pace appropriate to the workload

Must demonstrate customer service skills appropriate to the job

Understanding of medical terminology, infectious control techniques and age related acuity levels

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

Previous experience as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Current COT Certification

Must be competent in collecting and interpreting data about the patient's status in order to identify each patient's age specific needs

Able to evaluate and document the patient/family response to care

Capable of performing all but the most specialized tests and patient work ups in order for medical staff to diagnose problem

Knowledge of medical terminology, infectious control techniques and age related acuity levels

Ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English

Ability to maintain flexibility and work well in a constantly changing environment

Must possess the skill, knowledge and ability essential to the successful performance of assigned duties

Current BLS certification required by time of hire



Preferred Qualifications: 

Bilingual skills in English and Spanish and/or Vietnamese

Surgical Technician certification

Working knowledge of Title 22 and JCAHO standards

Ability to instruct others in the use of equipment and performance of procedures



Conditions of Employment:

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:

  • Background Check and Live Scan
  • Legal Right to Work in the United States
  • Vaccination Policies
  • Smoking and Tobacco Policy
  • Drug Free Environment

The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.

  • California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
  • E-Verify
  • Pre-Placement Health Evaluation

Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page: https://hr.uci.edu/new-hire/conditions-of-employment.php 

Closing Statement:

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. 

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact UCI’s Employee Experience Center (EEC) at [email protected] or at (949) 824-0500, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



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