Chapter 4726-9 Approval of Continuing Education

4726-9-01 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(A) "Academic hour" means forty-eight to sixty minutes of continuing education.

(B) "Conference" means the same as "seminar:" a meeting of members for discussing matters of common concern and an exchange of views and information for the purpose of exploring a subject.

(C) "Continuing education" means a planned learning activity that builds upon a licensee's pre-licensure education and apprenticeship which enables the license holder to acquire or improve skills, knowledge, or behavior that promotes professional and technical development and advances the licensee's career goals.

(D) "Program" means the presentation of the approved content of individual courses of a seminar/conference.

(E) "Proof of completion" means a legible copy of the continuing education certificate which verifies that the licensee has satisfactorily completed approved continuing education.

(F) "Sponsor" means the planner of the conference, seminar, or program.

Replaces: part of 4726-3-06

Effective: 11/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.51
Prior Effective Dates: 11/29/79, 8/4/94(Emer.), 3/18/95, 8/9/02, 1/23/06

4726-9-02 Application for approval of continuing education.

(A) Applications for approval of continuing education not currently approved by a nationally recognized agency for credentialing of continuing education such as American board of opticianry, national contact lens examiners, national examining board of ocularists shall be submitted on a form as designated by the board not less than sixty days prior to the date of the proposed program. The application shall include, but is not limited to:

(1) Sponsor name and sponsor contact information;

(2) Registration information;

(3) Speaker credentials indicating that the speaker or presenter possesses requisite qualifications and expertise in the area of instruction;

(4) Course start and end times;

(5) Summary of the types of hours requested;

(6) Presentation format and course outline;

(7) A copy of the proof of completion certificate which includes the following information:

(a) Space for the printed name and signature of the licensee and license number;

(b) Title and date of the program;

(c) Name of the provider; and,

(d) The number and type of hours earned.

(B) All continuing education shall relate to the practice of opticianry or ocularistry as applicable and in accordance with rules of this chapter.

(C) Continuing education related to practice management, office procedures, social legislation and any other courses not directly relating to optical dispensing or ocularistry may be considered for management credit.

(D) Programs shall be made available to any Ohio licensed dispensing optician or licensed ocularist.

(E) Credit shall be awarded on the basis of an academic hour. To receive an hour credit one must attend one full academic hour. No fractional hour shall be awarded.

Effective: 11/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.51

4726-9-03 Educational activities that meet and educational activities that do not meet the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

(A) Any of the following may be used by a licensed optician or licensed ocularist to satisfy the continuing education requirements set forth in section 4725.51 of the Revised Code and this chapter of the Administrative Code:

(1) A continuing education activity which has been approved by the board;

(2) A continuing education activity which has been approved by a nationally recognized accreditation system of continuing education for opticians or ocularists, such as, but not limited to:

(a) American board of opticianry (ABO);

(b) National contact lens examiners (NCLE); and,

(c) National examining board of ocularists.

(B) The following activities shall not be used by a licensed optician or licensed ocularist to satisfy the continuing education requirements of 4725.51 of the Revised Code and this chapter:

(1) Repetition of any education activity with identical content and course objectives within a single reporting period;

(2) An agency specific orientation or in-service program;

(3) A self-directed independent study such as reading of texts or journal articles which have not been approved by the board as an independent study;

(4) Participation in clinical practice which is not part of an approved continuing education activity;

(5) A personal development activity;

(6) Professional meetings or conventions except for those portions designated as a board-approved continuing education activity;

(7) Community service or volunteer practice;

(8) Continuing education ordered by the board pursuant to disciplinary action;

(9) Membership in an opticianry or ocularistry organization; or,

(10) Any other as determined by the board.

Replaces: 4726-11-02

Effective: 11/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.51
Prior Effective Dates: 11/29/79, 8/4/94 (Emerg.), 11/10/94, 10/4/02, 1/23/06