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CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
FOR THE APRIL 1, 2014 RENEWAL
Optometrists are required to have completed twenty (20) hours of continuing education for their optometry license and twenty (20) hours of continuing education if they hold an optometric legend drug certificate acquired before April 1, 2012.
Continuing education is not required for the year in which the initial license was issued. Therefore, an optometrist who was issued an original optometry license between the date of April 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013 are only required to submit ten (10) hours of continuing education to renew their optometry license. An optometrist who is issued an original optometry license after April 1, 2013 is not required to submit continuing education for the April 1, 2014 renewal.
Optometrists who were issued an original optometric legend drug certificate between the dates of April 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013 are required to submit ten (10) hours of continuing education to renew their optometric legend drug certificate. An optometrist who was issued an optometric legend drug certificate after April 1, 2013 is not required to have continuing education for the April 1, 2014 renewal.
Effective for the license period ending April 1, 2014 and every license period thereafter, optometrists are required, as part of the twenty (20) hour requirement, to complete two (2) hours of continuing education in any of the following areas:
Courses which are approved by the board or the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) in the area of jurisprudence and medical recordkeeping will be accepted and are not considered practice management courses.
COMPLETION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
All continuing education completed for the April 1, 2014 renewal period must be completed between the dates of April 1, 2012 to April 1, 2014. Any continuing education completed before or after the renewal date will not be acceptable for this renewal period.
APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Continuing education means an orderly process of instruction that is approved by an approved organization or the board that is designed to directly enhance the practitioner's knowledge and skill in providing services relevant to the practitioner's profession or occupation and falls under an "Approved Organization" it is no longer necessary to submit an application for continuing education approval by the Indiana Optometry Board. An "Approved Organization" refers to the following:
SPONSORS WITH AUTOMATIC APPROVAL
SELF-STUDY CONTINUING EDUCATION
Self-study continuing education for an optometry license and optometric legend drug certificate renewal shall be limited to a total of eight (8) hours biennially. In order to be accepted as continuing education for an optometry license and optometric legend drug certificate renewal, self-study methods of presentation must include a written examination or post evaluation.
Self-study includes the following:
Journals and books Audiotapes Films and videotapes Internet on-line Closed circuit television Satellite broadcasts Correspondence courses CD-ROM DVD Teleconferencing Videoconferencing Distance learning
CONTIUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS THAT ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR RENEWAL
CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR SPEAKERS
An optometrist who acts as a speaker, lecturer, or other presenter may be awarded one (1) hour of continuing education credit for each hour of the continuing education course taught. No more than four (4) hours per renewal period will be awarded. The presentation is eligible for credit only once regardless of the number of times it is presented and the optometrist must maintain a record for the time, place, and date of the presentation. The presentation must be approved by the board or sponsored by an approved organization.
CONTINUING EDUCATION AUDITS AND CERTIFICATES
A licensee is not required to submit copies of their continuing education certificates at the time of renewal. By renewing online or signing the renewal application you swear or affirm under the penalties of perjury that you have completed the continuing education requirement. A practitioner shall retain copies of continuing education certificates for three (3) years from the end of the licensing period. After the renewal, the Board shall randomly audit for compliance more that one percent (1%) but less than ten percent (10%) of the practitioner required to take continuing education courses. At that time they will be require to submit copies of their continuing education certificates. If the licensee does not comply with the audit the Board will proceed with action as specified IC 25-1-4-5 and IC 25-1-4-6.
Continuing education certificates must contain the following information:
If you have any questions regarding optometry or optometric legend drug continuing education you may contact the Indiana Optometry Board at (317) 234-2054 or email us at pla8@pla.IN.gov. You can also make your request in writing to:
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
ATTN: Indiana Optometry Board
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204