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The Ultimate Guide to Continuing Education For Optometrists

Continuing Education (CE) – you know you have to have it, but what exactly is it?!

CE for optometrists is defined by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) as the primary method used by optometric regulatory boards to promote the continuing competence of licensed optometrists (aka: if you don’t obtain it, you lose your license!). The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) was created by ARBO to accredit continuing education on behalf of optometric licensing boards. Fifty two licensing boards accept COPE accredited courses toward maintenance of licensure.

CE Requirements By State (Courtesy of ARBO and Reproduced with Permission)

Alabama

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
PHARMACOLOGY or OCULAR DISEASE 10
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 3 Up to 3
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 3 Up to 3
Total Required Hours: 20 14
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements:

Alaska

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR PATHOLOGY or PHARMACOLOGY Up to 24 Up to 12
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 9 Up to 9
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 3 Up to 3
Total Required Hours: 36 24
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: 7 hours of Injection education every 4 years. 8 hours of Use and Prescription of Pharmaceutical Agents every 4 years. Can be included in the 36 hours of CE.

Arizona

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 12
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 4 Up to 4
OCULAR DISEASE or PHARMACOLOGY 4
Total Required Hours: 32 32
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: Other Requirements: Date of renewal is determined by Birth mm/dd. Licensee must renew their license every other year on or before his/her birthday. Licensee may claim one credit hour of continuing education for each day of instruction in a full-time program approved under R4-21-207, or for less than a full-time program on a pro-rata basis. No jurisprudence or practice management courses are accepted that are “state specific” to a state that is not Arizona.

Arkansas

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
JURISPRUDENCE Up to 1 Up to 1
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 8* Up to 8*
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 4 Up to 4
Total Required Hours: 20 12
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: Arkansas requires COPE accreditation for all out of state CE courses. *Only 4 hours allowed from magazines.

California

CE Renewal Period for California : California bases the CE period on the licensee’s month of birth
Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE or OCULAR PHARMACOLOGY or GLAUCOMA 35 0
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET or SELF STUDY Up to 20 Up to 20
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 0 0
Total Required Hours: 50 40
Other Requirements: California bases the CE period on the licensee’s month of birth. California does not accept Practice Management Courses.

Colorado

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 8 Up to 8
CLINICAL OBSERVATION Up to 4
Total Required Hours: 24 24
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: One hour of CE credit may be obtained for every two hours of observation at a clinical facility which specializes in eye care that is staffed by professors or adjunct professors from optometry or ophthalmology at accredited optometry or medical schools. Only 4 hours of CE may be earned by this method in each 24-month cycle. Practice management topics or drug companies� sales pitches are not acceptable; study groups are also not acceptable.

Connecticut

CE Requirements for Connecticut
CE Renewal Period for Connecticut : N/A
Requirement TPA NON-TPA
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 6 Up to 6
INTERNET or CORRESPONDENCE or SELF STUDY Up to 6 Up to 6
Total Required Hours: 20
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: The Board has provided blanket approval of all courses accredited by COPE: non-COPE courses must be reviewed and approved by the board. A licensee who is actively engaged in the practice of optometry shall earn a minimum of twenty hours of continuing education each registration period. The subject matter for continuing education shall reflect the professional needs of the licensee in order to meet the health care needs of the public, and shall include (1) not less than six hours in any of the following areas: Pathology, detection of diabetes and ocular treatment; and (2) not less than six hours in treatment as it applies to the use of ocular agents-T. Coursework shall be provided through direct, live instruction that the licensee physically attends either individually or as part of a group of participants or through a formal home study or distance learning program. Not more than six hours shall be earned through a home study or other distance learning program and not more than six hours shall be in practice management. Qualifying continuing education activities include, but are not limited to, courses offered or approved by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, the American Optometric Association or state or local optometry associations and societies that are affiliated with the American Optometric Association, a hospital or other health care institution, a school or college of optometry or other institution of higher education accredited or recognized by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education or the American Optometric Association, a state or local health department, or a national, state or local national medical association.

Delaware

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
SELF REPORTED STUDY Up to 4* Up to 2*
CPR Up to
OCULAR DISEASE or OCULAR PATHOLOGY Up to 24
Total Required Hours: 24 12
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: No practice management courses will be accepted as satisfying the continuing education requirement. *COPE-Accredited Self-Reported Study may include: Reading of Optometric journals Optometric tape journals. Optometric audiovisual material. Other materials given prior approval by the Board. Proof of completion from the sponsoring agency is required for credit.

Florida

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CEE – OCULAR DISEASE or PHARMACOLOGY or OCULAR PHARMACOLOGY 6
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 2 Up to 2
CPR Up to 2 Up to 2
JURISPRUDENCE 4* 4*
Total Required Hours: 30 30
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: Florida also requires 2 hours in medical errors and 2 hours in Florida laws and rules. *A licensed practitioner may earn two hours in Florida jurisprudence by attending a meeting of the Board for no less than four (4) continuous hours.

Georgia

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 10 Up to 10
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 4 Up to 4
JURISPRUDENCE 1
GRAND ROUNDS Up to 8*
Total Required Hours: 36 36
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: All CE hours must be registered on the ARBO OE Tracker program *Grand Rounds CE not to exceed 8 hours, 2 hours for 1 hour credit. Medical Colleges in GA – up to 10 hours for Ophthalmologic related courses. Both TPA and non TPA required per biennium. 18 hours required for pharmacology and pathology as related to ophthalmologic conditions.

Hawaii

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 9 Up to 8
Total Required Hours: 36 32
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: 36 hours of Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) CE is required for TPA certified Optometrists

Idaho

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
PHARMACOLOGY or OCULAR DISEASE 6
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 6 Up to 6
Total Required Hours: 18 12
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: Jursiprudence – Open book exam on Idaho�s laws and rules Idaho bases the CE period on the renewal/reinstatement date. Excess continuing education hours, not to exceed 6 hours, accumulated during the 12 months immediately preceding a license renewal may be applied toward meeting the continuing education requirement for the following license renewal. Excess hours may be used only during the next renewal period and may not be carried forward more than one year. CPR refresher course required every two years

Illinois

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CEE 12
CORRESPONDENCE Up to 4 *
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 4
CPR Up to 2
Total Required Hours: 30*
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: ALL ILLINOIS OPTOMETRISTS MUST BE ORALS CERTIFIED.Illinois does not license any TPA only or non-DPA optometrists.
* Up to 12 hours Verified Teaching of students at an approved Optometry School. Up to 2 hours in CPR certified by American Red Cross, American Heart Association, an Illinois licensed hospital or approved medical or optometric institution. All Optometrist must be TPA certified in Illinois to have a licenses. Out-of-State CE must be submitted by licensee for approval unless COPE accredited. Any CE taken in Illinois must be from an Illinois licensed sponsor if to be used to meet renewal requirements. COPE does not apply.

Indiana

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
PHARMACOLOGY 20 0
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 8 Up to 8
SELF STUDY Up to 8 Up to 8
Total Required Hours: 20 20
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: Completion of 20 hours for optometry license renewal and 20 hours for optometric legend drug certificate renewal for a total of 40 hours. Of the 20 hours required for the optometry renewal, 2 hours in the areas of medical charting, billing and coding, healthcare compliance or compliance with federal or Indiana state laws or regulations are required. Completion of self-study, correspondence or internet CE is limited to a total of 8 hours of the 40 required for renewal.

Iowa

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE 20
RELATED SYSTEMIC DISEASE 20
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 10
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 6
CPR
Total Required Hours: 50
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: Proof of current CELMO certification OR a combined total of 40 hours required from COPE Category B and COPE Category C with a minimum of 14 hours in each category;Hours obtained in Category D may not exceed 6 hours of the total continuing education hours requirement.Up to 2 hours in Dependent Adult and Child Abuse Identification.*Current CPR certification offered in person by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or an equivalent organization. At least 2 hours per biennium is required, but credit will be granted for 4 hours.

Kansas

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 8* Up to 8*
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 2* Up to 2*
OCULAR PHARMACOLOGY 5* 5*
Total Required Hours: 48* 48*
Other Requirements: *CE requirements – 24 credits each year. Kansas optometrists renew every two years. Renewal date is May 31. OD’s born in January – June renew in odd numbered years. Those born July – December renew in even numbered years.

Kentucky

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
INTERNET or CORRESPONDENCE Up to 5 Up to 5
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 2 Up to 2
Total Required Hours: 15 or 20 if ETP Credentialed 8
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: A one-hour HIV-AIDS course, approved by the KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is required prior to the 1st renewal of a license. An approved one-hour HIV-AIDS course will be required of all licensees for 2020 license renewal.Kentucky accepts COPE accredited courses but only if they are sponsored by a state, regional (multi-state) or national optometric association, accredited school of optometry or accredited school of medicine.Optometrists that are credentialed in Expanded Therapeutic Procedures (ETP) must complete 5 hours of ETP CE annually and none of the hours can be completed via the internet. The 5 hours are part of the 20 hours required to renew licenses annually.All optometrists that have a DEA number, must register with KASPER (KY All Scheduled Prescriptions Electronic Reporting) and take a 2 hour course annually in pain management/addiction disorders. This 2 hour course is part of the overall number of hours required to renew a license.

Louisiana

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 0 Up to 2
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 0 Up to 0
Total Required Hours: 16 16
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: Practice Management courses are not accepted. Certain restrictions apply to COPE hours. Contact the Louisiana Board for more information. TPA hours my not be internet or correspondence, classroom only

Maine

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE or OCULAR PHARMACOLOGY or PHARMACOLOGY 15
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 2 Up to 2
Total Required Hours: 25 25
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: Courses offered in the state of Maine sponsored by optometric colleges or national, state, or regional optometric associations are subject to Board approval. Courses defined as Category I and approved by the AOA, AMA, AAO, ACPE or COPE will be accepted by the Board without the requirement of prior Board review. Any course not approved by the above listed organizations may be submitted to the Board for prior approval.

Maryland

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
Total Required Hours: 50 36
Other Requirements: CHECK WITH MARYLAND STATE BOARD FOR LICENSE RENEWAL DATES. All CE MUST BE EITHER COPE ACCREDITED OR MARYLAND BOARD APPROVED.TPA Certified optometrists are required to complete 50 hours and 30 of those hours must be in the use and management of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. Current CPR certification is required.DPA Certified optometrists are required to complete 36 hours and 6 of those hours must be in the use of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents. Current CPR certification is required.Non Certified optometrists are required to complete 36 hours.Listed below are the categories of CE, from which licensees can select.THERAPEUTIC AND/ OR DIAGNOSTIC CE CATEGORIES
CE Prep and Delivery 12 HoursClinical Observation 6 HoursJournal/Online CE with a Post Test 20 HoursPro Bono Work 6 HoursPublished Papers 12 HoursGENERAL CE CATEGORIESCPR 3 HoursEthics 4 HoursJournal/Online CE with a Post Test 20 HoursPractice Management 4 HoursPublic Meeting Attendance 4 Hours

Massachusetts

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT or INTERNET Up to 4 Up to 4
Total Required Hours: 18 18
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: MA allows 4 hours maximum of distance based CE. MA allows 4 hours maximum of practice management (includes AIDS education and CPR). MA requires all in state CE to be MA Board or COPE Accredited. All out of state CE must be COPE Accredited.

Michigan

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 20 Up to 20
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 9 Up to 9
PHARMACOLOGY or OCULAR PHARMACOLOGY 20
Total Required Hours: 40 40
Other Requirements: CE Renewal Period for Michigan – Two years after the initial license. Please contact the Michigan Board of Optometry for more information. Pain and symptom management: 1 Hour Non-TPA and 1 Hour TPA.

Minnesota

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 15
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 6
Total Required Hours: 40
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: License renewal period is 1 year. All licenses expire annually on December 31.

Mississippi

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET or SELF STUDY Up to 4 Up to 4
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 4 Up to 4
OCULAR PHARMACOLOGY Up to 10
Total Required Hours: 20* 20*
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: *16 of the 20 hours reported must be accredited by COPE. 10 of the 20 hours must be therapeutic.

Missouri

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
Total Required Hours: 32 32
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: Starting 11/1/08 Missouri law will require that Optometrists earn 32 hours of Board-approved CE during each reporting period. CE reporting periods will coincide with license renewal periods. All CE hours must be earned from approved sponsors as identified in the Boards rule on Annual License Renewal 20 CSR 2210-2.030. Any hours of Board approved CE acquired beyond the required 32 hours for renewal may be carried forward into the next renewal period not to exceed sixteen 16 hours.

Montana

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 12 Up to 12
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 4 Up to 4
Total Required Hours: 36 36
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: Montana randomly audits for CE in odd-numbered years.

Nebraska

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 8
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 4 0
CPR Up to 2 Up to 2
Total Required Hours: 44
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: Optometrists are required to obtain 44 hours of approved continuing education within the 24 month preceding the expiration date. List of acceptable continuing education: � State and National meetings � Formal education courses related to the practice of Optometry � Continuing education courses sponsored by an Optometric college/school � Home study courses with testing mechanism: (limited to 8 hours during the 24 month renewal period) examples include, but are not limited to, professional journal articles, the profession related Internet courses, CD/ROM courses, videotape courses, and audiotape courses. � CPR certification or re-certification (limited to two hours during the 24 month renewal period) � Practice management courses (limited to four hours during the 24-month renewal period) Examples of non-acceptable subject matter include, but are not limited to, practice management programs and education provided by a business entity for the purpose of promotion of their products or services. The Nebraska Board of Optometry only accepts CE credits which meet the criteria for acceptable continuing education programs as outlined in section 004 of Title 172 NAC 120 Regulations Governing the Practice of Optometry.

Nevada

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE Up to 15
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 5 Up to 5
Total Required Hours: 30 18
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements:

New Hampshire

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE 20
GLAUCOMA 10
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 3 Up to 3
Total Required Hours: 50 15
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: Ocular Disease: TPA 20 hours Class I, remainder Class II. Total hours Non-TPA=15 Class I. Class I credit hours shall be accumulated through participation in workshops, seminars, conferences, courses, mini courses and related facility based in services. Class II credit hours shall be earned through independent study. NOTE:Attendance Slips for Class I continuing education and Activity Lists for Class II continuing education will be subject to annual random audits by the Board of Registration in Optometry documenting the course title, activity, dates of study, content of study and number of hours of Class II continuing education.

New Jersey

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 20 Up to 20
OCULAR DISEASE or PHARMACOLOGY or TMOD 30
Total Required Hours: 50 50
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: Ocular Disease, Pharmacology courses: 20 hours Topical TPA, 10 hours Oral TPA.

New Mexico

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE 10 10
INTERNET Up to 2
Total Required Hours: 22 22
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: New Mexico requires all courses to be COPE accredited. For exceptions, see NMAC Continuing Education Rules (16.16.13.9).

New York

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE or PHARMACOLOGY 36
INTERNET Up to 9**
Total Required Hours: 36
Other Requirements: CE Requirements 3 years begin First day of Month of Birth. ** Internet if interactive. Up to 1/4 of the CE may be completed via live instruction in a formal course of study offered through an alternate medium, provided the student is able to directly communicate and interact with the course instructor.

North Carolina

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 6
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 4
GRAND ROUNDS
Total Required Hours: 25*
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: * Of the 25-hour requirement a minimum of 12 hours must be in the fields of ocular and general pharmacology, diagnosis and therapeutics, or advanced clinical procedures. These hours must be deemed “Certified” by the Board. All correspondence and internet courses must meet the standards and criteria set by COPE or the ACCME.

North Dakota

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE or PHARMACOLOGY 25
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 12 Up to 12
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 12 Up to 12
Total Required Hours: 50 50
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 3 3
Other Requirements:

Ohio

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
PHARMACOLOGY 10 10
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 10 Up to 10
GRAND ROUNDS or SURGERY OBSERVATION Up to 8 Up to 8
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT or JURISPRUDENCE Up to 2 Up to 2
Total Required Hours: 25 25
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: Effective 10/1/11 Ohio will allow up to 2 hours of practice management or ethics jurisprudence per C.E. period.

Oklahoma

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE or PHARMACOLOGY or TMOD 5 5
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 3 Up to 3
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 3 Up to 3
JUDICIOUS PRESCRIBING 1 1
Total Required Hours: 18 18
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: Course providers must be on approved vendor’s list to be accepted by the State of Oklahoma.

Oregon

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET No limit No limit
OCULAR DISEASE 9 Up to 9
JURISPRUDENCE 0
Total Required Hours: 18 18
Other Requirements: License renewal due 1st day of birth month renewed yearly. License expires on the last day of birth month. License year begins on first day of following month. One hour of ‘ethics’ or “Oregon Law & Administrative Rules” due every other year. No Practice Management or Jurisprudence is accepted. Ethics courses must be approved by the Oregon Board.

Pennsylvania

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 7.5 Up to 7.5
Total Required Hours: 30 30
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: The Board will not accept courses of study which do not relate to the actual practice of optometry, such as studies in office management and financial procedures.*Licensed for diagnostics only “P” license: Must take 30 hours of continuing education.(This also applies to “L” Licenses.) *Licensed for therapeutics only “T” license: Must take 30 hours of continuing education at least 6 hours must be in therapeutics.*Licensed for therapeutics and glaucoma “G” license: Must take 30 hours continuing education. At least 4 hours must be in glaucoma, and at least an additional 2 hours must be TPA.If you are a new licensee who graduated from optometry school during your first biennial renewal period, you are exempt from continuing education requirements for your first renewal period.

Rhode Island

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE or PHARMACOLOGY 10*
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Total Required Hours: 20* 16*
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: *For current CE requirements, please visit the Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Optometry website, www.health.ri.gov. Scroll down and click Regulations on the left side. Follow to Optometry.

South Carolina

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
PHARMACOLOGY or OCULAR PATHOLOGY 16
PRIVATE OPHTHALMIC/OPT GROUPS 8
Total Required Hours: 40 40
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: 32 hours must be from courses sponsored by national, regional or state optometric organizations, optometry schools or medical schools.

 South Dakota

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 4** Up to 4**
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 4*** Up to 4***
Total Required Hours: 45* 45*
Other Requirements: Educational requirements for license renewal consist of 45 hours every three years beginning the date the license is issued. 5 hours per year must be TPA (no more than 2 can be self-directed learning).In the 3 year period:
**Practice Management-No more than 4 hours.***Correspondence/Internet-No more than 4 HoursSurgical Ophthalmologist Observation-1 hour for every 2 hours with a maximum of 4 hoursVideo/Recorded Webinars/Teleconference-2 hours maximumLive Webinars-must state “live” on certificate-4 hours maximum

Tennessee

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE or PHARMACOLOGY or OCULAR PATHOLOGY 20
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 12
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 6
Total Required Hours: 30 30
Other Requirements: For those therapeutically certified optometrists who have received approval to use pharmaceutical agents by injection pursuant to subparagraph 1045-02-.07 (3)(d), current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is required.For those who are therapeutically certified, a minimum of twenty (20) of the thirty (30) hours of continuing education is required in courses pertaining to ocular disease and related systemic disease, as described in subparagraph (2)(c). At least one (1) of these twenty (20) hours shall be a course designed specifically to address prescribing practices.Continuing education courses may include: lecture type courses; multi-media courses (must be submitted to the Board for review and are limited to a maximum of six (6) credit hours); grand clinical rounds (clinical optometric education performed in clinical treatment facilities shall be credited for every two (2) hours of attendance will receive one (1) hour of credit and must be submitted for Board review and are limited to a maximum of three (3) credit hours). Each licensee must retain proof of attendance and completion of all continuing education requirements. This documentation must be retained for a period of four (4) years from the end of the calendar year in which the continuing education was obtained.

 Texas

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE or PHARMACOLOGY 6 6
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 8 Up to 8
Total Required Hours: 16 16
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: A one hour course in professional responsibility is required to renew. This hour is included in the 16 hour requirement, no additional hours are required.

 Utah

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
Total Required Hours: 30 30
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: 30 hours of COPE or optometry-related courses approved by Council on Medical Education (CME).

 Vermont

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE Up to 2 Up to 2
OCULAR DISEASE or OCULAR PHARMACOLOGY or PHARMACOLOGY 20
Total Required Hours: 40 20
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements:

 Virginia

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
PHARMACOLOGY Up to 2
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 16 Up to 16
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 0 0
CPR Up to 2 Up to 2
Total Required Hours: 16 16
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 1 1
Other Requirements: Total of 14 hours directly related to Patient care. 2 Hours can be record keeping for patient care and up to 2 hours in CPR 18VAC105-20.70.A Virginia does not accept Practice Management.

 Washington

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 25
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 10
Total Required Hours: 50
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: Optometrists must renew their licenses each year on or before their birthday. (1) Licensed optometrists must complete fifty hours of continuing education every two years as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 7. (2) In lieu of this requirement, licensees practicing solely outside of Washington may meet the continuing education requirements of the state or territory in which they practice. HIV/AIDS training – 4hrs, and a Jurisprudence questionnaire are required

 West Virginia

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
OCULAR DISEASE or PHARMACOLOGY 12 12
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 10 Up to 10
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 6 Up to 6
Total Required Hours: 40 40
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: Acceptable CE providers: AOA & affiliates, AAO, OEP, schools and colleges of Optometry, or approved directly by the Board. COPE Accredited CE is accepted.

 Wisconsin

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
Total Required Hours: 30 30
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: All optometrists are required to complete 30 hours of CE from approved sources in each biennial registration period. A minimum of 7 of the 30 hours must be in glaucoma education. CE shall relate to the diagnosis and management of eye disease. Those authorized to use DPA and TPA may also take CE related courses to removal of superficial foreign bodies from the eye or an appendage to the eye. The requirement for glaucoma continuing education is a minimum of 7 hours. No more than 6 hours total per biennium may be claimed for courses related to contact lens, functional vision, general optometry, low vision, jurisprudence and practice management. courses in relevant content areas accredited by COPE or sponsored by a state optometric association, the AOA, the AAO or an accredited school or college of optometry are approved without application to the Board. Other providers may apply to the Board for approval.

 Wyoming

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
SYSTEMIC THERAPIES 15 15
INTERNET Up to 6 Up to 6
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 6 Up to 6
Total Required Hours: 40 40
Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements: 2 2
Other Requirements: CEU Biennial, Licenses renewal is Annual. Accepted CE providers: AOA & affiliates, AAO, OEP, schools/colleges of Optometry, COPE Accredited CE and Board Approved CE. Continuing education hours cannot be completed by correspondence.

The ARBO OE TRACKER Tool

The ARBO OE TRACKER tool, captures and stores CE attendance data for optometrists. This information is retained in a secure database and can be accessed online by you AND your licensing board. The major perks of the OE TRACKER is that it can save you time and reduce your paperwork by tracking all your CE credits electronically (now that’s what I’m talking about!). The paid version also enables other perks and serves as an invaluable resource to have in the event of an audit! The minimal yearly fee is well worth it.

Download their FREE mobile app on Apple or Android!

Types of CE

  • Print: Much more popular before there was the internet, many publications still offer printed CE. One drawback is the time it takes to mail in your answers to the CE quiz (which validates that you actually read the article). Still, next time you’re reading your favorite eye care publication, be sure to look between the pages to see if they are offering any free printed CE!
  • Live: The traditional option of obtaining CE that often comes with the benefits of an exhibit hall, professional networking, leadership opportunities and much more!

Places to get CE

One thing’s for sure – as optometrists, we have no shortage of meetings to choose from! From tropical cruises to ski weekends, we’ve got it all! Below is a list of some of the MANY options you have available to obtain CE.

The Big 6:

1. Optometry’s Meeting

This year’s 118th Annual AOA Congress & 45th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® will be held in Seattle, Washington from June 24th – 28th!

Featuring more than 210 accredited hours, education highlights include:

  • Pharmacology In Your Practices with Dr. Jimmy Bartlett
  • OD Talks: A Look Into The Future
  • OD Crossfire Series
  • Interactive Education
  • Hands On Workshops
  • Specialty Education
  • Poster Sessions and More!

One of the main draws to Optometry’s Meeting is access to advocacy through the AOA’s House of Delegates. This is known as optometry’s main governing body that has helped lead the advancement of our profession for over a century. It is a major reason why we are still a profession today and is now open to the general public during Thursday and Saturday of the meeting!

2/3. Vision Expo East & Vision Expo West

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Held twice a year, the Vision Expo meetings are not to be missed! Vision Expo East takes place each spring in New York, NY while Vision Expo West is held every Fall in Las Vegas, NV.

If you’ve been out of school for < 5 years, make sure to join the Young Professionals Club. Benefits include free entry to the Vision Expo meetings along with 6 free hours of CE!

This year’s Vision Expo East has already past; however, you can attend Vision Expo West from September 16th – 19th in Las Vegas, NV.

Over 33 percent of attendees to Vision Expo East 2015 were millennials, including more than 700 students and members of the Young Professionals Club who attended courses ranging from the “New Technology Rapid Fire” clinical session to “Future Business Trends Happening Now” in the Business Solutions track.

According to Tom Loughran, group vice president, Reed Exhibitions, millennial interest and activity foreshadow the direction in which eyewear and eyecare professionals and businesses are headed.

“The millennial population learns, communicates and operates in new ways and businesses need to consider this. We are in the middle of a digital movement that is captivating to all generations, in an evolution of our overall marketing and customer experience strategies.”

–Tom Loughran

Over the next several months, plans are in the works for providing resources to meet new demands including eyewear fashion trend information, access to alliances and buying groups, professional industry consultants, as well as partnerships with insurance and financial institutions to foster increased engagement with this important group.

4. Academy

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The Academy is known to many as the top meeting for high quality CE. Held each fall, this meeting has over 250 hours of CE offered. The way this meeting is structured, you’ll pay one set price to obtain up 35 hours of COPE approved CE credit. Personally, I find that incredible!

This year’s Academy is from October 7th – 10th in New Orleans, LA.

Here are 5 reasons to attend the Academy!

5. SECO

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Each winter, thousands of ODs meet in Atlanta for SECO! This year’s meeting included 177 educational courses including special sessions, hourly lectures, hands-on learning labs and team-centered learning for the entire office!
While SECO 2015 has already passed, mark your calendars for February 24th – 28th to attend SECO 2016!

Here are 7 reasons to visit Optometry’s Marketplace at SECO!

6. ARVO

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This joint ophthalmology/optometry meeting is held each spring and is know to be where leading eye and vision research is presented. The ARVO 2015 program promises a first look at science that could translate into clinical practice at any moment and even transform diagnostics and treatments for blinding eye conditions.

This year’s ARVO is from May 3rd – 7th in Denver, CO.

Other Options

Cost of CE

Ultimately, the cost of CE varies dramatically. Online CE tends to cost around $15/credit hour, while live CE tends to cost more money when travel and lodging expenses are included. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to obtain some CE for free so choose your hours carefully!

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  1. Update to CE requirements for Oregon – As of January 2015, the requirement that up to 9 credit hours allowable be online/correspondence has been lifted.

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