(A) Initial applications for licensure as an ocularist 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 an ocularist 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 education equivalent such as proof of having successfully passed the general educational development (GED) examination or a GED certificate of high school equivalency diploma.
(D) An applicant for initial licensure as an ocularist shall have successfully completed;
(1) A five-year apprenticeship under the direct supervision of a licensed ocularist as registered with the board or under the employment and direct supervision of an optometrist or physician engaged in the practice of ocularistry;
(2) The state board qualification exam; or,
(3) The credentialing exam of the national examining board of ocularists or any other credentialing or certification exam offered by a board approved nationally recognized certifying body. Said application for licensure shall be made within seventy-two months from the date of the examination that the applicant successfully completed.
(E) In addition to the requirements of this rule, all applicants for licensure as an ocularist 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 an ocularist. 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 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.
(F) The Ohio optical dispensers 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) 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.
(H) 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
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/15/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.48, 4776.01, 4766.02
Prior Effective Dates: 11/29/79, 8/4/94 (Emer), 3/18/95, 1/23/06