Chapter 4725-3 Examination and Licensing
Each person who wishes to be considered for a certificate of licensure to practice optometry must complete a formal application for such consideration by the board.
Each completed application must be accompanied by one clear passport type photograph of the applicant and by a certified check, a cashier's check, or a postal money order, payable in the amount of the current licensure fee.
Each applicant must cause the official final transcript and any partial credits from any accredited optometry school to be forwarded directly to the board from the schools attended.
Part I of the licensing examination shall consist of basic science, human biology, ocular and visual biology, theoretical ophthalmic, and physiological optics and psychology.
Part II of the licensing examination shall consist of clinical science, systemic conditions, the treatment and management of ocular disease, refractive, oculomotor, sensory integrative conditions, perceptual conditions, public health, and the legal issues regarding the clinical practice of optometry.
Part III of the licensing examination shall consist of tests in patient care and management, clinical skills, and the visual recognition and interpretation of clinical signs.
All candidates for licensure by examination must provide verification of passing all parts of the examinations with passing scores as determined by the national board of examiners in optometry and the Ohio state board of optometry. The board may accept the examinations given by the national board of examiners in optometry or any equivalent examinations as determined by the board.
For any candidate for licensure, or licensee who applies for therapeutic certification, the required examination shall be the treatment and management of ocular disease which is now administered by the national board of examiners in optometry and was previously administered by the international association of boards of examiners in optometry.
Future examinations equivalent to the treatment and management of ocular disease administered by the national board of examiners in optometry will be accepted for the examination for therapeutic licensure.
Candidates must provide verification of passing the examination with a minimum passing score as determined by the national board of examiners in optometry or the international association of boards of examiners in optometry or any equivalent examinations as determined by the board.
The board will recognize candidates as qualified to take the pharmacology examination, the treatment and management of ocular disease, in accordance with the following:
(A) All applicants for the licensing examination, and optometrists who do not hold a valid topical ocular pharmaceutical agents certificate who apply for therapeutic certification, must document to the board successful completion of at least eighty-seven clock hours of study and training which shall include principles of general, ocular, and therapeutic pharmacology, the diagnosis of disorders of the visual system, the treatment of ocular disease and injury, the nature of adverse reactions caused by ocular pharmaceutical agents and emergency steps to be taken in such cases, ocular signs and symptoms of systemic disease, appropriate criteria for referrals to physicians, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
(B) All of the hours of study and training required as a prerequisite to the pharmacology examination must have been completed at an institution accredited by a regional or professional accredited organization that is recognized or approved by the "council on postsecondary accreditation" or the United States department of education or its successor. Candidates must document this requirement by submitting proof of valid completion of study.
The board will recognize an Ohio licensed optometrist who holds a valid topical ocular pharmaceutical agents certificate as qualified to take the treatment and management of ocular disease examination in accordance with the following:
(A) The applicant must document to the board successful completion of at least thirty clock hours of study in therapeutic pharmacology over and in addition to the fifty-seven hours of study which the candidate completed for topical ocular pharmaceutical agents certification. The additional thirty clock hour course of study in therapeutic pharmacology shall include the diagnosis of disorders of the visual system, the treatment of ocular disease and injury, the nature of adverse reactions caused by ocular pharmaceutical agents and emergency steps to be taken in such cases, ocular signs and symptoms of systemic disease and appropriate criteria for referral.
(B) All of the hours of study listed in paragraph (A) of this rule must have been completed at an institution accredited by a regional or professional accreditation organization that is recognized or approved by the "council on postsecondary or the United States Department of Education or its successor. Candidates must document this requirement by submitting valid proof of completion of the study
The board will recognize for licensure by endorsement any optometrist meeting requirements of section 4725.18 of the Revised Code who has an active license in good standing issued by another state board of optometry or a province of Canada.
The applicant for licensure by endorsement must meet the qualifications as set forth in divisions (A) and (B)(1) to (B)(4) of section 4725.12 of the Revised Code. The applicant must provide proof of being in an active practice of optometry including the use of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, for at least three years immediately preceding the application.
The board may require that the applicant pass all or part of the licensing examination accepted by the board under section 4725.11 of the Revised Code if the board determines that testing is necessary to determine the applicants qualifications for issuance of a certificate of licensure and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents certificate under this section.
The board may require copies of all testing given by the state or province from the state board or province in which the applicant was initially examined in order to determine that the test was equivalent to the Ohio examination at the time the applicant was licensed in that state or province.
(A) The board shall prepare and provide to each new licensee a certificate of licensure to practice optometry in the state of Ohio. Additional Licenses that are required under Chapter 4725. Of the Revised Code shall be issued at the time the applicant qualifies for the specific license. The certificates shall be signed by the required board members and affixed with the official seal of the board.
(B) Each year, after initial licensure, the licensee will receive a renewal card showing the name of the licensee, the license number(s) and the date of expiration. Official renewal cards shall bear the signature of the president of the board or the executive director.
(C) Any certificate or renewal card issued by the board shall remain the property of the board and shall be surrendered to the board on demand.
(D) The licensee shall not make any alteration on any certificate or a renewal card issued by the board nor shall permit any alterations to be made.
(A) All applicants for initial licensure as an optometrist shall submit to a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with sections 4755.06 and 4755.70 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check shall be received by the board prior to the issuance of a license to practice as an optometrist.
(B) An applicant requesting a criminal records check shall provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the name and address for the Ohio state board of optometry.
(C) In the request, the applicant shall ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.
(D) The optometry board will only accept the results of a criminal records check that is submitted to the board directly by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation.
(A) Eligibility for licensure. In accordance with Chapter 5903. of the Revised Code, the board has determined that there are no military programs of training, military specialties and lengths of service that are substantially equivalent to or which exceed the educational and supervised training requirements for licensure as an optometrist. Applicants must still meet the requirements of section 4725.12 of the Revised Code prior to issuance of an optometric license.
(B) Definitions related to military service and veteran status.
(1) "Military," in accordance with division (A) of section 5903.03 of the Revised Code, means the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard or the national guard of any other state.
(2) "Member" means any person who is serving in the military,
(3) "Veteran" means any person who has completed service in the military, and who has been discharged under honorable conditions or who has been transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service.
(4) "Armed forces" means the armed forces of the United States, including the army, navy, air force, marine corps, coast guard, or any reserve components of those forces; the national guard of any state; the commissioned corps of the United States public health service; the merchant marine service during wartime; such other service as may be designated by congress; or the Ohio organized militia when engaged in full-time national guard duty for a period of more than thirty days.
(C) License issuance, renewal and continuing education.
(1) For military members on active duty, the board shall waive the requirements of rule 4725-9-01 of the Administrative Code for continuing education.
(2) In accordance with section 5903.10 of the Revised Code, a licensee whose license expired due to the licensee's service in the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard or the national guard of any other state, shall be eligible for renewal of the expired license in accordance with section 4725.12 of the Revised Code, if the following conditions are met:
The licensee presents the board with satisfactory evidence that, not more than six months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the licensee was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions.
(D) License fee.
(1) In accordance with rule 4725-3-02 of the Administrative Code the board shall waive the initial license fee for military service members.
(2) For active duty military licensees, the board shall waive the yearly renewal license fee.
(E) Prioritizing veterans and military members licensure applications.
Completed applications in accordance with section 4725.12 of the Revised Code will be processed within one to two business days, in office, and formally approved at the next available board meeting.
(A) An individual whose spouse is ordered to active military duty in this state is eligible for a temporary military spousal license to practice as a licensed optometrist in accordance with section 4725.12 of the Revised Code.
(B) An application for a temporary military spousal license shall include the following:
(1) Proof that the applicant is married to an active duty service member of the armed forces of the United States;
(2) Proof that the applicant holds a valid, unrestricted license to practice optometry in another jurisdiction of the United States;
(3) Proof that the applicant's spouse is assigned to a duty station in Ohio and the applicant is also assigned to a duty station in Ohio pursuant to the spouses's active duty military orders; and
(4) The initial application fee of one hundred seventy-five dollars.
(C) A temporary military spouse's license shall expire six months after the date of issuance and is not renewable and shall serve as an avenue for full licensure prior to expiration of the temporary license.