Continuing Optometric Education (COE)
COE Requirements are outlined in Division 70 of Oregon Administrative Rules chapter 852.
Every actively licensed doctor of optometry must complete at least 18 hours of clinical optometric courses each license year as a condition of license renewal. Continuing education hours will cover 12-month periods and 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.
Of the required 18 hours, at least 9 hours each license year must be in the area of diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular disease (TMOD). Credit will be given for no more than five (5) hours of live observation in an approved surgical facility per license year.
Of the required 18 hours, every other license year licensees must attend and submit at least 1 Board-approved hour related to optometric ethics or Oregon optometry law and administrative rules. Licensees may receive one hour of optometric ethics/Oregon optometry law credit per year for verified attendance of at least one hour at an official meeting of the Oregon Board of Optometry. Courses that are designated COPE category "E/J" are not automatically approved for this required hour.
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.
Continuing Optometric Education Provided by Outside Entities. 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.
Approved Observation Centers
- Cataract & Laser Institute of Southern Oregon
- Eyecare Associates
- Kaiser Permanente
- Klamath Surgery Center / Klamath Eye Center
- Lane Surgery Center
- Medical Eye Center
- Oregon Eye Consultants
- Oregon Ilasik & Refractive
- Oregon Retina, LLP
- Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute
- Restore Vision Centers
- Salem Laser and Surgery Center
- Siskiyou Eye Center
- Teplic Custom Vision
- TLC Laser Eye Centers
- Tower Plastics Oculofacial
- Weston Eye Center