Chapter 4725-9 Continuing Education

4725-9-01 Hours required; study compliance year.

Annually, on or before the twentieth day of October, every licensed optometrist, except as exempted in section 4725.16 of the Revised Code, as a prerequisite for license renewal, shall file with the executive director of the board proof of attendance for twenty-five clock hours which includes ten clock hours of instruction in pharmacology of board approved continuing education during the study compliance year.

The study compliance year shall extend from October first through September thirtieth for the subsequent license renewal year beginning January first and ending December thirty-first. Credit will be allowed only for the study compliance year in which the educational course was actually attended.

Replaces: 4725-15-03

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/20/2014 and 08/20/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.09
Rule Amplifies: 4725.09 , 4725.12
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/65, 3/10/75, 10/1/95, 6/1/99, 7/28/08

4725-9-02 Approved education programs.

Approved educational programs include, but are not limited to, those hereinafter listed. Approval is based on past performances and continued maintenance of acceptable standards and must meet the applicable criteria set forth in rule 4725-9-03 of the Administrative Code.

(A) Educational courses and meetings of the college of optometry at the Ohio state university or any other school or college of optometry accredited by the board.

(B) Educational courses and meetings that are accredited by the accreditation council for continuing medical education.

(C) Educational courses and meetings approved by the council on optometric practitioner education (COPE).

(D) Educational courses and meetings certified/approved by a Canadian province or state board of optometry.

(E) Educational courses and meetings provided for licensed optometrists serving in the active guard, or reserve components of the uniformed services of the United States. Approval shall be based on receipt of a letter from their commanding officer certifying the training meets the applicable requirements of rule 4725-9-03 of the Administrative Code.

(F) Other educational courses and meetings approved by the board as meeting the applicable criteria as set forth in rule 4725-9-03 of the Administrative Code, after submission of one copy of the application for optometric continuing education credit. Requests for approval of continuing education must be submitted by the sponsor and will not be considered if submitted by an individual attendee.

Effective: 07/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/08/2014 and 07/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.09
Rule Amplifies: 4725.09 , 4725.16
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/65, 3/20/75, 4/17/95, 7/28/08, 10/1/11

4725-9-03 Board approval of continuing education.

Continuing education programs must meet the following requirements in order to receive board approval and credit.

(A) Programs shall relate to the practice of optometry that will contribute to the advancement, extension and enhancement of professional skill, clinical and scientific knowledge of the participants and enable them to render continuously better and more comprehensive optometric service to the recipients of their care.

(B) Speakers, lecturers and others participating in the presentation of the programs must be recognized as possessing requisite qualifications and being expert and of recognized repute in their area of instruction.

(C) Programs shall be available to all Ohio optometrists. Limitations may be necessary based on space, time or format of presentation and must be so noted on application. Any program that is too restrictive may be denied approval.

(D) Programs cannot be used to market the sponsor's/presenter's products or services.

(E) The board will not approve for continuing education credit lectures or articles written by the optometrist requesting the credit.

(F) Practice management and/or ethics jurisprudence courses are approved for a maximum of two hours continuing education credit in any one compliance year.

(G) Written home study or electronic media (cd-rom, internet, webinars) courses will receive credit when the board is provided a record showing results of tests given on the course which is graded by an accredited optometric college or institution as approved by the board. No more than ten hours credit will be granted in this category in any one year unless the optometrist can document inability to attend live, on-site courses. This does not preclude a presenter from using electronic media programs in conjunction with their presentation.

(H) One hour of credit requires at least fifty minutes of instruction.

(I) Cardiopulmonary resuscitation refresher training is acceptable for up to three hours credit for any one continuing education period once every two years. The three hours can be utilized for pharmacology continuing education compliance.

(J) Grand rounds, surgery observation, and other procedure oriented methods may be approved for continuing education credit. No more than eight hours credit will be granted in this category in any one year .

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/20/2014 and 08/20/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.09
Rule Amplifies: 4725.09 , 4725.16
Prior Effective Dates: 3/10/75, 7/28/08, 10/1/11

4725-9-04 Exemption from compliance.

A licensed optometrist requesting exemption from compliance with the continuing education requirement for a study compliance year because of illness or undo hardship shall include documentation required by the board with valid reasons prior to the renewal of any certificate of licensure.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/18/2014 and 08/18/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.032
Statutory Authority: 4725.09
Rule Amplifies: 4725.09 , 4725.16
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/65, 3/10/75, 6/1/99, 10/1/11

4725-9-05 Certificate of attendance; application for approval of continuing education courses.

Certificate of attendance at continuing education courses shall be submitted by every licensed optometrist prior to renewal of any certificate of licensure or the licensee may utilize the OE tracker program and request the board staff conduct an online continuing education audit without submitting the course certificate. Certificate shall be provided by the sponsor to each licensed optometrist upon request at thecompletion of the course and must contain the following information at a minimum:

(A) Name of attendee.

(B) Name of sponsoring organization.

(C) Subject of educational program.

(D) Number of clock hours in attendance.

(E) Date of program.

(F) Board approval number or the council on optometric continuing education (COPE) approval number.

(G) Either the original certificate or a photostat copy is acceptable.

(H) And or such other evidence of attendance as the board deems appropriate and necessary or to meet technological advances for documentation purposes.

The use of the board's application for optometric continuing education credit is required when submitting courses for approval. Such forms shall be available through the board office and shall be submitted not less than thirty days prior to the date of the program.

Effective: 07/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/08/2014 and 07/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.09
Rule Amplifies: 4725.09 , 4725.16
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/65, 3/10/75, 4/17/95, 6/1/99, 7/28/08