(A) All applications for initial licensure as a dispensing optician shall be submitted to the board in a form designated by the board.
(B) Applications shall be:
(1) Accompanied by the non-refundable fee in a form established by the board and as prescribed in division (B) of section 4725.48 of the Revised Code; and,
(2) Accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application form.
(C) An applicant for initial licensure as a dispensing optician shall:
(1) Be at least eighteen years of age;
(2) Be of good moral character;
(3) Be a graduate of a secondary school recognized by the state department of education in this state, or similar educational agency in another state or has attained an educational equivalent such as proof of having successfully passed the general educational development (GED) examination or a GED certificate of high school equivalency diploma.
(4) Has successfully completed either of the following:
(a) A two-year college level program in optical dispensing approved by the board that includes, but is not limited to, courses of study in:
(iv) Anatomy and physiology of the eye;
(v) Applied optics;
(vi) Ophthalmic optics;
(vii) Measurement and inspection of lenses, lens grinding and edging;
(viii) Ophthalmic lens design;
(ix) Keratometry; and,
(x) Fitting and adjusting of spectacle lenses, frames and contact lenses, including methods of fitting contact lenses and post-fitting care; or,
(b) Two years of supervised experience of at least one thousand hours per year in optical dispensing as a registered apprentice under the direct supervision of the licensed optician registered with the board as the direct supervisor; or,
(c) Two years of supervised experience as an employee and under the direct supervision of an optometrist or physician engaged in the practice of ophthalmology.
Not more than one year of such experience may be continuous, supervised optical laboratory experience of not less than thirty hours per week.
(5) The applicant has successfully completed the state board national qualifying examination for either the spectacle dispensing license, the contact lens dispensing license or a combination of both examinations for a spectacle-contact lens dispensing license. Said application for licensure shall be made within thirty-six months from the date of the examination that the applicant successfully completed for the license sought.
(D) In addition to the requirements of this rule, all applicants for licensure as a dispensing optician shall submit to criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 4725.501 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 a dispensing optician. In accordance with this rule, the applicant requesting the criminal records check shall:
(1) Provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the name and address for the Ohio optical dispensers board; and,
(2) Ask the superintendant of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.
(E) If an application for licensure submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void. All applications provided or prescribed by the board shall state this limitation.
(F) The 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.
(G) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued by the board no later than sixty days after approval by the board.
Replaces: 4726-5-01, 4726-9-01, 4726-9-03