Continuing Education

Complete the Continuing Education Review form​ to submit a request for CE credit through the Board. The form lists the additional information required to submit a course or surgical observation center for credit. Please use the course names submitted on the CE certificates. Be sure that everything you submit is legible--original documents versus faxed copies are best. Email requested information to Shelley Sneed​.

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 have 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.

Credit for Professional Journals. The Board may grant credit, to the extent determined by it, for publication of articles and papers of scientific and educational interest published in recognized scientific publications. In order to be awarded credit the licensee must be the first or second author of the article or paper. 

Calculation of Credit. A Doctor of Optometry must meet the continuing optometric education requirement beginning with the second license year renewal period following the year of original licensure by the board. This applies only to graduates of optometry school not more than one year post graduation. All other optometric physicians must meet the continuing optometric education requirements of Division 70 (ADD LINK).

Responsibility to Notify the Board. 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. Notification for at least the total number of required hours must be submitted at one time. 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. 

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. 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 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.​

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