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BOARD OF OPTOMETRY

 

DIVISION 70

CONTINUING OPTOMETRIC EDUCATION

852-070-0005

Definitions

“Hour” means clock hour of 60 minutes of instruction time, plus or minus 10 minutes. “Half-hour” means 30 minutes of instruction time, plus or minus five minutes.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 683 & 182
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210 & 182.466
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74, ef. 3-11-74; OE 2-1984, f. & ef. 7-14-84; OP 1-1987, f. & ef. 4-30-87; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT 1-2009, f. 6-10-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13

852-070-0010

Requirement of Continuing Optometric Education

(1) Every active status licensed optometric physician must complete at least 18 hours of clinical optometric courses each license year as a condition of license renewal. Continuing education hours cover 12-month periods and must be reported with license renewal applications. Upon written request, the licensee may carry forward excess hours completed in the prior license year to the current license year.

(2) Of the required 18 hours, at least nine hours each license year must be in the area of diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease.

(3) At least one of the required hours every other license year must be in the area of ethics or Oregon law and administrative rules. Licensees, including Board members, may receive one hour of optometric ethics/Oregon law credit per year for verified attendance of at least one hour at an official meeting of the Oregon Board of Optometry.

(4) Credit will be given for no more than five hours of live observation in an approved surgical facility per license year.

(5) No more than nine of the required hours of coursework may be earned for online, journal, correspondence or video courses per year.

(6) The required hours of continuing education each license year must be of different course content. When the Board determines that a licensee has submitted a course or lecture essentially identical to another presentation submitted in the same license renewal period, credit will be given for only one.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 683 & 182
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.140, 683.270, 683.210 & 182.466
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74, ef. 3-11-74; OE 1-1978, f. & ef. 1-25-78; OE 1-1984, f. & ef. 1-13-84; OE 2-1984, f. & ef. 7-14-84; OP 1-1987, f. & ef. 4-30-87; OP 3-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-27-93; OP 1-1994, f. 5-4-94, cert. ef. 5-9-94; OP 1-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT 2-1999, f. 12-29-99, cert. ef. 1-1-00; OPT 1-2001, f. 6-18-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; OPT 2-2003, f. 9-15-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13

852-070-0016

Continuing Optometric Education Not Required for Inactive Licenses

(1) Those licensees who have been granted inactive status by the Board are not required to complete the continuing optometric education requirement in OAR 852-070-0010.

(2) If an inactive licensee petitions to change to active status, he or she must comply with OAR 852-070-0010 for the continuing education license year previous to the year in which active status is granted by the Board.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210
Hist.: OP 3-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-27-93; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13

852-070-0020

Application for Credit

Each continuing education offering must be approved by the Board in order for an optometric physician to obtain credit. Upon application the Board may:

(1) Grant credit, to the extent determined by it, for any course, or individual or group study deemed suitable to carry out the purposes of ORS 683.210. To be granted credit, any course offering must be open to all optometric physicians licensed in Oregon.

(2) Grant credit, to the extent determined by it, for publication of articles and papers of scientific and educational interest published in recognized scientific publications.

(3) Grant credit, to the extent determined by it, for courses that relate to the maintenance or advancement of professional skills and abilities, including communication and cultural competency skills. Courses that relate primarily to practice management or jurisprudence will not be granted credit.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210 & 683.270
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74, ef. 3-11-74; OE 2-1979, f. & ef. 10-29-79; OE 2-1983, f. & ef. 2-22-83; OE 2-1984, f. & ef. 7-14-84; OP 1-1987, f. & ef. 4-30-87; OP 1-1989, f. 1-13-89, cert. ef. 1-16-89; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT 2-1999, f.12-29-99, cert. ef.1-1-00; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13

852-070-0025

Credit for Conducting Course or Presenting Material

Any optometric physician who prepares and presents a continuing education course eligible for credit under this rule is entitled to three hours of continuing education credit for each credit hour of the initial presentation of the course. No credit will be given for repeat presentations unless application for credit has been filed in advance with the Board and appropriate evidence submitted that additional study or research was necessary for such additional presentation. The Board may then grant, to the extent deemed suitable by it, credit for the additional presentation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74, ef. 3-11-74; OE 2-1984, f. & ef. 7-14-84

852-070-0030

Calculation of Credit

An optometric physician must meet the continuing optometric education requirement beginning with the second license year renewal period following the year of original licensure by the Board.

(1) This applies only to graduates of optometry school not more than one year post graduation.

(2) All other optometric physicians must meet the continuing optometric education requirements of Division 70.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 182 & 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210 & 182.466
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74, ef. 3-11-74; OE 2-1984, f. & ef. 7-14-84; OP 1-1987, f. & ef. 4-30-87; OP 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 7-22-94; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT 1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-23-05; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13

852-070-0035

Responsibility to Notify Board

(1) Each active licensee must notify the Board of Optometry in writing of completion of the required hours of approved continuing education credits as part of the license renewal.

(2) Notification for at least the total number of required hours must be submitted at one time.

(3) If sufficient proof of continuing education is not received by the Board by the license year renewal period deadline, the license will not be renewed until the continuing education deficiency is made up in a manner acceptable to and approved by the Board.

(4) It is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure that all continuing optometric education credits the licensee plans to submit have been approved by the Board before the license year renewal period deadline. Continuing optometric education credits that are not approved by the Board before the deadline may be considered late and may not be approved.

(5) Licensees relying on unapproved continuing optometric education program credits for renewal must submit a request for course approval and sufficient supporting program information to the Board at least 30 days before the renewal due date for consideration for credit. If the Board determines the credits do not count for renewal, the licensee must submit additional acceptable credits by renewal due date or renewal will be considered incomplete and late.

(6) Licensees must submit original certificates of attendance or other proof of attendance acceptable to the Board.

(7) Any licensee who has completed the required continuing optometric education course work by the license year renewal period but fails to meet the submission deadline is subject to a late fee of $50 for the first failure; $100 for the second failure; $200 for each subsequent failure.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74, ef. 3-11-74; OE 1-1984, f. & ef. 1-13-84; OP 1-1987, f. & ef. 4-30-87; OP 3-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-27-93; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13

852-070-0045

Board Responsibility for Provision of Continuing Optometric Education

The Oregon Board of Optometry must provide or approve education programs to fulfill the requirements of this section

Stat. Auth.: ORS 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.140 & 683.210
Hist.: OP 1-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13

852-070-0054

COPE Approved Continuing Optometric Education Courses

(1) The Oregon Board of Optometry accepts courses related to the maintenance or advancement of professional skills and clinical abilities approved by COPE (Council on Optometric Practitioner Education). If such a course has been COPE approved, the Board will accept the course as meeting its continuing education requirements for license renewal except for courses in Category D as indicated in (4) below.

(2) COPE course category A: Clinical Optometry which includes Contact Lenses (CL), Functional Vision/Pediatrics (FV), General Optometry (GO), and Low Vision (LV).

(3) COPE course categories B: Ocular Disease and C: Related Systemic Disease are approved as meeting the Board’s nine hours per license year requirement of continuing optometric education in the area of diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease:

(a) Ocular Disease includes Glaucoma (GL), Injection Skills (IS), Laser Procedures (LP), Peri-Operative Management of Ophthalmic Surgery (PO), Refractive Surgery Management (RS), Surgery Procedures (SP), Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease: Anterior Segment (AS), and Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease: Posterior Segment (PS); and

(b) Related Systemic Disease includes Neuro-Optometry (NO), Oral Pharmaceuticals (OP), Pharmacology (PH), Principles of Diagnosis (PD), and Systemic/Ocular Disease (SD).

(4) COPE course category D, which includes Public Health (PB), Practice Management (PM) and Ethics/Jurisprudence (EJ), are not approved by the Oregon Board of Optometry, unless it is an optometric ethics course that has been individually evaluated and approved by the Board .

(5) It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure that any continuing optometric education coursework submitted for credit meets the criteria of this rule.

(6) The Oregon Board of Optometry will review the COPE criteria for course category definitions to determine if the process and categories are within the standards it has set. Those COPE category definitions not acceptable to the Board will be identified to COPE and listed in the Board’s administrative rules.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 683 & 182
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.140, 683.210 & 182.466
Hist.: OP 1-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; OP 2-1996, f. 10-30-96, cert. ef. 11-1-96; OPT 2-1999, f.12-29-99, cert. ef.1-1-00; OPT 1-2001, f. 6-18-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; OPT 2-2003, f. 9-15-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; OPT 1-2009, f. 6-10-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09; Renumbered from 852-070-0060 by OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13

852-070-0055

Continuing Optometric Education Provided by Outside Entities

(1) All continuing optometric education provided by other organizations must be submitted to the Board for approval before credit will be granted. Approval or denial of the continuing optometric education will be based on course:

(a) Relevance to modern optometric practice;

(b) Provision of skills or information which can translate to improved patient care;

(c) Content being recognized and accepted as sound scientific thought;

(d) Provision of heightened content standards needed by optometric physicians; and

(e) Presenter(s) credentials, as evidenced by a submitted curriculum vitae and an academic degree or combination of academic achievement and special expertise acceptable to the Board.

(2) The Board may accept continuing optometric education courses that have been approved by other organizations. This acceptance will be in accordance with the standards set by the Board.

(3) Courses acceptable to the Board for continuing education credit must be at least one half-hour in length, must be proctored for attendance, and the sponsor must provide original source documentation of successful completion to the attendee. Additional credits must be in half-hour increments.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 683 & 182
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.140, 683.210 & 182.466
Hist.: OP 1-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; OPT 2-1999, f.12-29-99, cert. ef.1-1-00; OPT 1-2009, f. 6-10-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13

852-070-0060 [Renumbered to 852-070-0054]

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