At Minnesota Eye Consultants we take pride in our staff and understand the value of continuing education and advanced training. We encourage employee certification for many of the roles within our organization. We feel that professional certification enhances not only staff understanding and confidence, but also patient care and patient experiences. Here is a departmental overview of our certification accomplishments:
Technical and Clinical Staff
The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO®) is our clinical and technical accrediting body. JCAHPO® was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1969 to offer certification and continuing education opportunities to ophthalmic allied health personnel.
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)
The Certified Ophthalmic Assistant® (COA®) certification level is JCAHPO’s initial core level of certification. In other words, this is the entry-level pathway for a career as a certified allied health professional in ophthalmology.
Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)
The Certified Ophthalmic Technician® (COT®) certification level is JCAHPO’s second core level designation. In other words, COTs have generally either worked as a COA for at least a year or graduated from a CoA-OMP, CMA, or CAAHEP accredited training program for Ophthalmic Technicians.
Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT®)
The Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist® (COMT®) certification is JCAHPO’s highest core level of certification. Through intense study, work experience, and training, they have demonstrated a commitment to this profession by actively pursuing JCAHPO’s top tier certification level.
Clinical Research Coordinators are encouraged to receive one or both industry-recognized certifications.
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC)
This certification is achieved by passing an exam through ACRP, which is the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP)
It is achieved by passing the industry standard exam through SoCRA, or the Society of Clinical Research Associates.
Call Center and Front Desk Staff
Certified Patient Service Specialist (CPSS)
The CPSS program establishes a national standard of excellence that recognizes and promotes the professionalism of nonclinical staff by providing certification and continuing education focused on increasing the quality of patient care.
Executive and Corporate Staff
Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE)
The Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE) designation is the national standard for ophthalmic practice management. Administered by the National Board for the Certification of Ophthalmic Executives (NBCOE), the COE program recognizes those who have achieved the experience, knowledge and skills identified by the NBCOE as essential to practice management. This elite certification promotes excellence and professionalism in ophthalmic practice management. Get certified and be recognized as a leader in managing the business of ophthalmology.
Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE)
The CMPE certification is proof that staff can provide physicians, medical practices, hospital systems and the healthcare sector with effective leadership that brings financial and organizational success.
Certificate in Advanced Health Care Management (CAHCM)
St. Thomas University offers this certification for health care professionals looking to gain fresh knowledge, insight and skills for a changing health care environment; confidently lead positive changes in health care; make wise, ethical business decisions on behalf of an organization and improve performance and results.
Professional of Human Resources (PHR)
The HR Certification Institute offers a combination of formal education and experience, adherence to high ethical standards, demonstrated knowledge and achievement through exam and a renewed commitment to continuing professional development. HR professionals certified by the HR Certification Institute enhance their credibility and the organizations they serve.