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Chapter 4725-3 | Examination and Licensing

 
 
 
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Rule 4725-3-01 | Application for licensure.
 

(A) Each person who wishes to be considered for a certificate of licensure to practice must complete a formal application for such consideration by the board.

(B) Each completed optometrist application must be accompanied by one clear passport type photograph of the applicant, and a credit card payment, in the amount of the current licensure fee.

(C) Each optometrist 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.

(D) The licensing examination for optometrists shall contain these required parts:

(1) Part I of the licensing examination shall consist of basic science, human biology, ocular and visual biology, theoretical ophthalmic, and physiological optics and psychology.

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

(4) All optometry 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 state vision professionals board. The board may accept the examinations given by the national board of examiners in optometry or any equivalent examinations as determined by the board.

(E) Any person seeking licensure as an optician from the state vision professionals board after having successfully passed the required examinations, shall make application in a manner prescribed by the board for such licensure within three years of the date of the exam that was taken and passed.

(1) Optician applications shall be:

(a) 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,

(b) Accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application form.

(2) An applicant for initial licensure as a dispensing optician shall;

(a) Be at least eighteen years of age;

(b) Be honest and trustworthy;

(c) 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.

(3) Has successfully completed either of the following:

(a) A two-year college level program in optical dispensing accredited by a regional accreditation organization that is recognized or approved by the United States department of education, but is not limited to, courses of study in:

(i) Mathematics;

(ii) Science;

(iii) English;

(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.

(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.

(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.

(d) The board may grant a license with consideration of years of experience from an unlicensed state, employer recommendation letter(s) and other relevant documentation based on the successful completion of either the national qualifying exam or completion of the american board of opticianry practical or the national contact lens examiners practical exam.

(e) Under section 4725.48 of the Revised Code, the board may grant an individual a conditional license that lasts for one year. After the one-year period has expired, the license is no longer considered conditional, and the individual shall be considered fully licensed.

(F) 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.

(G) In addition to the requirements of this rule, all applicants for licensure as a dispensing optician shall submit to a 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. 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 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 state vision professionals board; and,

(2) Request that the bureau of criminal identification and investigation obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(3) If an application for licensure submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void.

(4) 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.

(5) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued electronically by the board after approval.

(H) Initial applications for licensure as an ocularist shall be submitted to the board in a form designated by the board.

(1) Ocularist applications shall be:

(2) 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,

(3) Accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application form.

(I) An applicant for initial licensure as an ocularist shall:

(1) Be at least eighteen years of age;

(2) Be honest and trustworthy;

(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.

(J) 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) A credentialing or a certification exam offered by a board approved by a national 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.

(K) 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. 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. 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 state vision professionals board; and,

(2) Request that the bureau of criminal identification and investigation obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(L) If an application for licensure submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void.

(M) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued by the board no later than sixty days after approval by the board.

(N) For purposes of Chapters 4725-1 to 4725-20 of the Administrative Code, and except as otherwise provided, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) "Active license" means the license held by a dispensing optician or ocularist who has fulfilled all requirements of the board for initial licensure or for licensure renewal.

(2) "Active registration" means the registration held by an apprentice who has fulfilled all requirements of the board for initial registration or for registration renewal.

(3) "Board" means the state vision professionals board.

(4) "Spectacle apprenticeship" means a minimum of two thousand hours obtained within not less than two calendar years of supervised, structured learning experience of the registered spectacle apprentice while under the direct supervision of the licensed dispensing spectacle optician or under the supervision of the licensed dispensing spectacle/contact lens optician indicated on the registration form filed with the board. Registration with the board is not required when the learning experience is gained under the direct supervision and employment of a licensed optometrist or physician engaged in the practice of ophthalmology. All learning experiences shall include, but is not limited to:

(a) A minimum of two thousand hours obtained within not less than two calendar years of direct supervision by the licensed spectacle or licensed spectacle/contact lens optician registered with the board as the direct supervisor of the registered apprentice including, but not limited to:

(i) Use and function of lensometer;

(ii) Use and function of pupilometer;

(iii) Use and function of lens clock, determination of curve and warpage;

(iv) Determination and purpose of pupillary distance;

(v) Determination and purpose of lens decentration;

(vi) Determination and purpose of vertex distance;

(vii) Determination of prism;

(viii) Determination of frame size to patient;

(ix) Determination of frame measurements;

(x) Determination of lens measurements;

(xi) Adjusting frames;

(xii) Anatomy and physiology of the eye;

(xiii) Interpretation, without altering, of a spectacle prescription;

(xiv) Ethical and professional conduct including confidentiality of patient information;

(xv) Appropriate documentation of the care provided to the patient;

(xvi) Optical terminology;

(xvii) Principles of patient education; and,

(xviii) Verification of finished product to the current prescription.

(b) Not more than one thousand hours of the required two thousand hours of learning experience may be laboratory experience under the direct supervision of a licensed spectacle or a licensed spectacle/contact lens dispensing optician.

(5) "Contact lens apprenticeship" means either:

(a) A minimum of two thousand hours obtained within not less than two calendar years of structured, supervised learning experience of the registered apprentice under the direct supervision of the licensed dispensing spectacle/contact lens optician or a licensed contact lens optician indicated on the registration form filed with the board. Registration with the board is not required when the individual is engaged in the learning experience under the direct supervision and employment of a licensed optometrist or physician engaged in the practice of ophthalmology. All learning experiences shall include, but are not limited to:

(i) Anatomy and physiology of the eye;

(ii) Interpretation, without altering, of a contact lens prescription;

(iii) Ethical and professional conduct including confidentiality of patient information;

(iv) Appropriate documentation of the care provided;

(v) Use and function of the keratometer;

(vi) Use and function of the slit lamp;

(vii) Principles of proper lens selection;

(viii) Optical terminology

(ix) Use and function of the radiuscope;

(x) Use and function of the lensometer;

(xi) Selection of lens material and design based on patient assessment;

(xii) Diagnostic fit and evaluation;

(xiii) Principles of patient education;

(xiv) Verification of finished product to the current prescription; or,

(b) The one year of supervised structured learning experience of the registered apprentice who is also currently licensed as a spectacle dispensing optician and consists of a minimum of one thousand hours of not less than one calendar year of direct supervision by a licensed dispensing contact lens or licensed dispensing spectacle/contact lens optician. Registration with the board is not required when the individual is engaged in the learning experience under the direct supervision and employment of a licensed optometrist or physician engaged in the practice of ophthalmology. All learning experiences shall include, but not limited to:

(i) Anatomy and physiology of the eye;

(ii) Interpretation, but not altering, of a contact lens prescription;

(iii) Ethical and professional conduct including confidentiality of patient information

(iv) Use and function of the keratometer;

(v) Use and function of the slit lamp;

(vi) Optical terminology;

(vii) Principles of proper lens selection;

(viii) Use and function of the radiuscope;

(ix) Use and function of the lensometer;

(x) Selection of lens material and design based on patient assessment;

(xi) Diagnostic fit and evaluation;

(xii) Principles of patient education;

(xiii) Verification of finished product to current prescription.

(6) "Ocularist apprenticeship" means the ten thousand hours of supervised structured learning experience of the registered ocularist apprentice consisting of not less than five calendar years of direct supervision by an ocularist who is licensed by any state; or, the equivalent work experience as determined by the board, completed in a state not requiring licensure of an ocularist. Such learning experience includes but is not limited to:

(a) Fitting theory;

(b) Materials;

(c) Processing and fabrication techniques;

(d) Iris and sclera tinting;

(e) Orbital anatomy and physiology;

(f) Infection control including blood borne pathogens;

(g) Ethical and professional conduct, including confidentiality of patient information;

(h) Appropriate documentation of the care provided.

(7) "Apprentice optician" means any person registered with the board for the purpose of engaging in the training and education in the practice of dispensing optical aids while under the direct supervision of the licensed dispensing opticians specified on the apprentice registration forms and as indicated on the current, valid registration cards issued by the board to the registered apprentice.

(8) "Apprentice ocularist" means any person registered with the board for the purpose of engaging in the training and education to engage in the practice of ocularistry while under the direct supervision of the licensed ocularist specified on the apprentice registration form and as indicated on the current, valid registration card issued by the board to the registered apprentice.

(9) "Direct supervision" means initial and ongoing direction, procedural guidance, observation and evaluation, as appropriate, by a licensed optician or licensed ocularist who is registered with the board as the supervisor of the apprentice; and, who is always continually available in person within the optical or ocularistry area when the apprentice is engaged in optical dispensing or the practice of ocularistry. The registered licensed dispensing optician or ocularist shall supervise a maximum of three apprentices.

(10) "Educational equivalent" means the proof of having successfully passed the general education development (GED) examinations or a GED certificate of high school equivalency diploma.

(11) "Free of contagious or infectious disease" means demonstrating no clinically evident illness that would impair the ability to provide safe opticianry care or ocularistry care.

(12) "Lapsed license" means the status of the license of a dispensing optician or ocularist who has failed to fulfill all requirements of licensure renewal.

(13) "Lapsed registration" means the status of the registration of an apprentice who has failed to fulfill all requirements of apprentice registration renewal or upon removal from supervision by the registered supervisor.

(14) "Licensed dispensing optician" means a person holding a current, valid license issued by the board that authorizes the person to engage in optical dispensing.

(15) "Licensed spectacle dispensing optician" means a licensed dispensing optician authorized to engage in the dispensing of optical aids other than contact lenses.

(16) "Licensed contact lens dispensing optician" means a licensed dispensing optician authorized to engage only in the dispensing of contact lenses.

(17) "Licensed spectacle-contact lens dispensing optician" means a licensed dispensing optician authorized to engage in the dispensing of any optical aid.

(18) "Licensed ocularist" means a person holding a current, valid license issued under sections 4725.48 to 4725.51 of the Revised Code to engage in the practice of designing, fabricating, and fitting artificial eyes or prostheses associated with the appearance or function of the human eye.

(19) "Optical aid" has the same meaning as division (A) of section 4725.40 of the Revised Code.

(20) "Optical dispensing" has the same meaning as division (B) of section 4725.40 of the Revised Code.

(21) "Optical or ocularistry area" means the space reserved for the optical or ocularistry department or the location where care is provided. This includes the lab area, fitting area, dispensing area, reception area and waiting area. This does not include areas of a larger company or building where the optical department or shop is leased or confined to its own space.

(22) "Prescription" means the written or verbal directions or instructions as specified by a physician or licensed optometrist licensed by any state for preparing an optical aid for a patient.

(23) "Endorsement" has the same meaning as "reciprocity" and means the process by which a license to practice as a dispensing optician is issued to an individual who is licensed in another state in accordance with rules of the board and after the following has occurred:

(a) Verification of licensure in good standing received directly from the state of the current licensure at the time of application; and,

(b) Receipt of completed application and fee in the form required by the board, and the criminal records check by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 4725.501 of the Revised Code.

(c) "Registration" means meeting all requirements of the board for the authority to practice as an apprentice optician or apprentice ocularist under the direct supervision of a designated, licensed dispensing optician or ocularist.

(24) "Registered" means:

(a) Having met the requirements of the board for the authority to practice as an apprentice optician or ocularist under the direct supervision of a designated licensed optician or ocularist; or,

(b) The equivalent of licensure in a state that does not require licensure to engage in the practice of opticianry or ocularistry.

(25) "Registration card" means the card issued by the board which authorizes an individual to practice as an apprentice optician under the direct supervision of a designated licensed optician or ocularist.

Last updated April 29, 2021 at 8:38 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 119.03, 4725.09, 4725.44, 5903.03
Amplifies: 4725.12, 4725.44
Five Year Review Date: 4/29/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 8/30/2019
Rule 4725-3-08 | Requirements for licensure by reciprocity.
 

The board will recognize for licensure by endorsement any optometrist meeting the 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 in 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 paragraph.

If the applicant has not been involved in an active practice of optometry for the past three years the board may require additional testing as deemed necessary. The minimum requirement for such non-practicing applicants to be granted licensure by endorsement would be passing scores in the clinical skills section of the examination given by the national board of examiners in optometry or any equivalent examination as determined by the board.

Applicants licensed after May 19, 1992 must have passed the testing requirements of the national board of examiners in optometry as stated in the Ohio law. Applicants licensed prior to May 19, 1992 must have passed the national board of examiners in optometry examinations or a state test equivalent to the Ohio examination at the time the applicant was licensed in that state.

(A)

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 to determine that the test was equivalent to the Ohio examination at the time the applicant was licensed in that state or province.

(B) All applications for initial licensure as a dispensing optician or ocularist in Ohio by endorsement shall be submitted to the board in a form designated by the board.

(C) Applications shall be:

(1) Accompanied by the fee in a form established by the board; and,

(2) Accompanied by such evidence, statement, or documents as specified on the application form, including but not limited to:

(a) Verification of licensure in good standing received directly from the state of the current licensure or registration at the time of application; and,

(b) 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:

(i) Provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the name and address for the Ohio vision professionals board; and,

(ii) Cause a records check to be conducted with the federal bureau of investigation regarding applicant.

(3) 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.

(D) An applicant for initial licensure by endorsement 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) Have 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:

(i) Mathematics;

(ii) Science;

(iii) English;

(iv) Anatomy and physiology of the eye;

(v) Applied optics;

(vi) Measurement and inspection of lenses, lens grinding and edging;

(vii) Ophthalmic optics;

(viii) Ophthalmic lens design;

(ix) Keratometry; and,

(x) Fitting and adjusting of spectacle lenses, frames and contact lenses, including methods of fitting 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 a licensed optician; 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.

(d) 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 combination of both examinations for a spectacle-contact lens dispensing license.

(E) If an application for licensure by endorsement submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void.

(F) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued by the board no later than sixty days after approval by the board.

(G) All applications for licensure as an optician or ocularist, educated outside the United States of America, shall be submitted to the board on the appropriate application as designated by the board.

(H) Applications shall be:

(1) Accompanied by a 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 including but not limited to:

(a) An official transcript in English from the education program submitted to the board directly by the program administrator or designee that includes information sufficient for the board to determine whether the program has educational content and requirements that are substantially similar to those set forth in rule 4725-3-01 of the Administrative Code; or,

(b) Evidence satisfactory to the board of completion of an apprentice program that meets the requirements of section 4725.48 of the Revised Code.

(c) Evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant has successfully completed the appropriate state board national qualifying examination for the license sought.

(I) An applicant for licensure as a dispensing optician or ocularist, educated outside the United States of America shall:

(1) Be at least eighteen years of age;

(2) Be of good moral character;

(3) Be a graduate of a secondary school substantially similar to a high school equivalency diploma.

(4) For a license as a dispensing optician, have completed the requirements as established in rule 4725-3-01 of the Administrative Code.

(5) For a license as an ocularist, have completed the requirements as established in rule 4725-3-01 of the Administrative Code.

(J) In addition to the requirements of this rule, all optician and ocularist applicants for licensure under this section, shall submit to criminal records checks completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 4725.501 of the Revised Code.

(K) If an application for licensure, under this section, by an optician or ocularist that is submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void.

(L) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued by the board no later than sixty days after approval by the board

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.09, 4725.44
Amplifies: 4725.18, 4725.44
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 10/20/2003
Rule 4725-3-09 | Issuance of certificates, renewal procedures, records.
 

(A) The board shall prepare and provide to each new licensee an electronic certificate of licensure to practice optometry in the state of Ohio.

(B) Each year, after initial licensure, the licensed optometrist will receive an electronic renewal card, in the manner prescribed by the board, bearing the name of the licensee, the license number(s) and the date of expiration.

(C) Any electronic certificate or electronic 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 type of certificate or a renewal card issued by the board nor shall permit any alterations to be made.

(E) The terms defined in paragraphs (E)(1) to (E)(9) of this rule apply to opticians, ocularists, and apprentices.

(1) "Active license" means the status of the license held by an optician or an ocularist who has fulfilled all requirements of the board for initial licensure or for licensure renewal.

(2) "Active registration" means the status of the apprentice registration held by an apprentice optician or apprentice ocularist who has fulfilled all requirements of the board for initial apprentice registration or for apprentice registration renewal.

(3) "Extension" means the time beyond the ninety-day grace period granted by the board to allow a licensee an additional specified time to meet the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal without being required to re-take the national qualifying exam. All requests to the board for an extension must be submitted in writing to the board on or before December thirty-first. Extensions will be granted by the board on a case-by-case basis. Individuals may not engage in the practice of optical dispensing or ocularistry until all requirements for renewal have been met and a current, valid license is on display at the place of optical dispensing or ocularistry.

(4) "Grace period" means the period of ninety-days from the expiration of a license in which the licensee may submit a renewal application, proof of meeting the continuing education requirements for renewal, and the lapsed fee without being required to re-take the national qualifying exam. Individuals may not engage in the practice of optical dispensing or ocularisty, until all requirements for renewal have been met and the current, valid license is on display at the place of optical dispensing or ocularistry.

(5) "Lapsed license" means the status of the license of a dispensing optician or ocularist who has failed to fulfill all requirements of licensure renewal.

(6) "Lapsed registration" means the status of the apprentice registration of an apprentice optician or apprentice ocularist who failed to fulfill all requirements of registration renewal.

(7) "Lapsed fee" or "penalty fee" means the fee required to restore a license that was not renewed prior to the expiration of the license.

(8) "Reporting period" means the first of January through the thirty-first of December.

(9) "Waiver" means the suspension granted by the board of the requirements for continuing education and/or lapsed fees for the renewal of a license in accordance with rules of this chapter.

(F) Each licensed optician and each licensed ocularist who has received a license to practice optical dispensing or ocularistry shall renew his/her respective license on an annual basis and pay a non-refundable fee in the amount and in the manner prescribed by the board, on or before December thirty-first of each year. Such renewal shall be made in a manner prescribed by the board. Each person who receives a license from the board shall renew that license prior to the first day of January following the date of issuance and shall renew the license prior to the first day of each January thereafter.

(G) At least thirty days prior to the expiration of a license, the board shall send electronic notification of renewal to every licensee to whom a license was issued or renewed during the current period. Failure to receive the board's notification of renewal shall not excuse the licensee from the renewal requirements.

(H) Each licensee shall complete the license renewal application and supply all information necessary to process the application. Upon receipt and acceptance of the renewal fee, renewal application, and the required proof of continuing education as outlined in this chapter, the board shall provide a current, valid electronic license to the licensee no later than thirty days after acceptance.

(I) Each spectacle licensed optician shall complete two hours of study in prepackaged soft contact lens dispensing as described in section 4725.411 of the Revised Code for the first renewal. Spectacle contact lens, contact lens and ocularist licensees applying for their first initial renewal shall be exempt from reporting continuing education credit.

(J) Any incomplete renewal may not be processed. Renewal applications not received by the board, on or before December thirty-first of the renewal year, shall be placed on lapsed status.

(K) Failure to meet all requirements for renewal of a license prior to January first results in the forfeiture of the licensee's right to practice optical dispensing or ocularistry in the state of Ohio until all requirements for renewal are met and the current, valid license is on display at the place of optical dispensing or ocularistry. All requirements for licensure renewal must be completed within ninety days of the date of expiration or the individual licensee will be required to take and successfully complete the national qualifying exam and reapply for licensure in accordance with division (B) of section 4725.51 of the Revised Code.

(L) Continuing education requirements for renewal of a current, valid license, except for those licensees applying for their first initial renewal, are as follows:

(1) Each licensed spectacle dispensing optician shall have completed four hours of board-approved spectacle continuing education credit between January first and December thirty-first of the year of the expiration date, of which only one management hour may be used. Each spectacle licensed optician shall complete two hours of study in contact lens dispensing as described in section 4725.411 of the Revised Code.

(2) Each licensed contact lens dispensing optician shall have completed eight hours of board-approved contact lens continuing education credit between January first and December thirty-first of the year of the expiration date, of which only two management hours may be used.

(3) Each licensed spectacle-contact lens dispensing optician shall have completed four spectacle hours of board-approved continuing credit between January first and December thirty-first of the year of the expiration date, one of which may be a management hour, and eight contact lens hours, two of which may be management hours, obtained during the last preceding year.

(4) Each licensed ocularist shall have completed four hours of board-approved continuing education credit between January first and December thirty-first of the year of the expiration date. One hour of board-approved continuing education shall be on communicable diseases as they apply to the handling of ocular prostheses. Only one hour per year may be management credit. All other credit hours must pertain to the fitting and fabrication of ocular prostheses.

(5) Each optician or ocularist who receives a license from the state vision professionals board shall renew that license prior to the first day of January following the date of issuance and shall renew the license prior to the first day of each January thereafter.

(M) Each registered apprentice optician who has received an electronic registration to engage in the practice of opticianry or ocularistry as an apprentice optician or apprentice ocularist shall renew his/her respective apprenticeship on or before June thirtieth of each year and pay a non-refundable fee in a manner prescribed by the board.

(N) At least thirty days prior to the expiration of the apprenticeship, the board shall send electronic notification of renewal to every registered apprentice to whom a registration was issued or renewed during the current period. Failure to receive the board's notification of renewal shall not excuse the apprentice from the renewal requirements.

(O) Each registered apprentice shall complete the apprentice registration renewal application and supply all information necessary to process the application and the renewal fee. Upon receipt and acceptance of the renewal fee and the completed renewal application, the board shall provide a current electronic registration notice to the apprentice no later than thirty days after acceptance.

(P) Failure to renew an apprentice registration results in the forfeiture of the apprentice's right to engage in the apprenticeship training process as an apprentice optician or apprentice ocularist until all requirements for renewal are met and the current, valid registration card is on display at the place of the practice of optical dispensing or ocularistry as an apprentice.

(Q) The board shall maintain a record of all optician, ocularist, and apprentice applicants for, and holders of, licenses and registrations issued by the board under sections 4725.40 to 4725.99 of the Revised Code. The record shall be maintained in such format as determined by the board.

(R) A change in name of an optician or ocularist shall be submitted to the board in writing within thirty days of the change and shall be accompanied by a notarized form and any other records as required by the board, and the current license or registration card.

(S) A change of address and/or electronic mail address for an optician, ocularist, and apprentice shall be submitted to the board within thirty days of the change. Notice of renewal will be sent to the last electronic mail address of record maintained at the board. Failure of the licensed optician, licensed ocularist or registered apprentice to receive a renewal notice from the board does not excuse the license holder or the registered apprentice from renewing in a timely manner.

(T) All fee payments shall be made in the form specified by the board. Fees are non-refundable.

(U) Documents issued by the board as evidence of licensure or registrations may be photocopied by the individual to whom the document was issued.

Last updated April 29, 2021 at 8:38 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 119.03, 4725.09, 4725.44, 5903.03
Amplifies: 4725.07, 4725.16, 4725.44
Five Year Review Date: 4/29/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 8/30/2019
Rule 4725-3-10 | Criminal records check.
 

(A) All applicants for initial licensure to become a licensed optometrist shall submit to a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with sections 109.572, 4725.501 and 4725.121 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 licensed 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 state vision professionals board .

(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 state vision professionals 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.

Last updated April 29, 2021 at 8:38 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 119.03, 4725.09, 5903.03
Amplifies: 4725.12
Five Year Review Date: 4/29/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 7/28/2008
Rule 4725-3-11 | Consideration of military experience, education, training and term of service.
 

(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) For purposes of the rule of the Administrative Code, and except as otherwise provided, the following definitions shall apply:

(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 uniform services of the United States as defined in section 5906.01 of the Revised Code.

(3) "Veteran" means any person who has completed service in the military, as verified by the individuals DD214, 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) Optometrist 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 4725-3-01 of the Administrative Code the board shall waive the initial license fee for military service members.

(2) For active duty military optometry 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, by the Ohio vision professionals board, and formally approved at the next available board meeting.

(F) Eligibility for licensure. In accordance with section 5903.03 of the Revised Code, the following military programs of training, military primary specialties, and lengths of service are substantially equivalent to or exceed the education and experience requirements for a license as a:

(1) Dispensing spectacle optician.

(a) Military programs of training.

Tri-service optician school, (TOPS), a division of the naval ophthalmic support and training activity is substantially equivalent to the education requirements for licensure as a spectacle dispensing optician.

(b) Military primary specialties:

(i) Army: optical laboratory specialist (MOS-6th);

(ii) Navy: optician (HM-8463); and

(iii) Air force: optometry (4V0X1).

(c) Lengths of service.

The applicants will have met the experience requirements for licensure if the applicant has completed the training program listed in paragraph (B)(1)(a)(i) of this rule and has served for a minimum of eighteen months in one of the military specialties listed in paragraph (B)(1)(b) of this rule.

(2) Ocularist.

(a) Military programs of training.

There are no military programs of training that are substantially equivalent to or exceed the education and experience requirements for licensure as an ocularist.

(b) Lengths of service.

There are no minimal lengths of service that would be substantially equivalent to or exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure as an ocularist.

(G) Application process.

(1) All applications for initial licensure as a dispensing optician shall be submitted to the board in a form designated by the board.

(2) Each application will indicate if the applicant is a member, veteran or spouse of a member or a spouse of a veteran. Applications indicating that the applicant is a member or a veteran or a spouse of a member or veteran will be processed with priority status.

(3) Applications shall be:

(a) Accompanied by the non-refundable fee in a form established by the board; and

(b) Accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application form.

(4) Each applicant will have successfully completed the board approved national qualifying examination for the spectacle 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 spectacle license.

(5) In addition to the requirements of this rule, all applicants for licensure as a dispensing optician shall submit to a 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:

(a) Provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the name and address for the Ohio vision professionals board; and

(b) Request that the bureau of criminal identification and investigation obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(6) A criminal records check will not be required if the applicant has caused the results of a criminal records check to be filed with the board in accordance with the requirements of this rule within six months of the date that the board received the results of the criminal records check. A new criminal records check will be required if the applicant's criminal records check on file with the board is greater than six months old based on the date the board received the report.

(7) If an application for licensure submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void.

(8) 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.

(9) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued by the board no later than thirty days after approval by the board.

(10) The board's licensing system will maintain records that will allow the board to track and monitor applications that have been submitted by a member, veteran or the spouse or surviving spouse of a member or veteran.

(H) Optician and ocularist licensure renewal.

(1) In accordance with section 5903.12 of the Revised Code, the provisions of this paragraph apply to a licensee who has been a member of the armed forces of the United States and who has served on active duty for a period in excess of thirty-one days.

(2) A licensee who meets the provisions contained in paragraph (D) (1) of this rule may submit an application to the board requesting an extension of the current continuing education reporting period.

(a) The licensee shall submit proper documentation satisfactory to the board certifying the active duty service and the length of that active duty service.

(b) Upon receiving the application and proper documentation, the board shall extend the current continuing education reporting period by an amount of time equal to the total number of months that the licensee spent on active duty during the current continuing education reporting period. Any portion of a month served shall be considered one full month

(c) The board shall consider relevant education, training, or service completed by a licensee as a member of the armed forces when determining whether a licensee has fulfilled required continuing education.

(3) A holder of an expired license to practice as a dispensing optician or ocularist shall be granted a renewal of the license by the board at the usual cost without penalty and without re-examination if not otherwise disqualified because of mental or physical disability and if either of the follow applies:

(a) The license was not renewed because of the holder's service in the armed forces; or

(b) The license was not renewed because the holder's spouse served in the armed forces or a reserve component of the armed forces and the service resulted in the holder's absence from this state.

(4) A renewal shall not be granted unless the holder or the holder's spouse, whichever is applicable, has presented satisfactory evidence as described in paragraph (A)(3) of this rule of the service member's discharge under honorable conditions or release under honorable conditions from active duty or national guard duty within six months after the discharge or release.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.09, 4725.44
Amplifies: 4725.12, 5903.03, 4725.44
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-12 | Temporary license for military members and spouses.
 

(A) A military member or whose spouse is ordered to active military duty in this state is eligible for a military license to practice as a licensed optometrist, optician or an ocularist in accordance with Chapter 4725. of the Revised Code.

(B) An application for a military license shall meet the requirements set forth in section 4743.041 of the Revised Code and include the following:

(1) Proof that the applicant is an active duty service member of the uniformed services of the United States or is the spouse;

(2) Proof that the applicant holds a valid, unrestricted license to practice in the professions issued by another jurisdiction of the United States;

(3) Proof that the applicant or spouse is on military duty in Ohio; and

(4) The initial application fee will not be charged to an applicant who qualifies under this rule.

(5) Proof the applicant complied with Chapter 4776. of the Revised Code and has obtained a criminal records check, as prescribed by the board.

(C) A military license shall not be valid for a period longer than six years, and is subject to renewal with proof of continued eligibility during the renewal cycle.

(D) An individual who is ordered into active military duty in Ohio is eligible for a military license.

(E) Definitions related to military service and veteran status:

(1) "Military duty" has the same meaning as in section 4743.041 of the Revised Code.

(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) "Active guard and reserve" has the meaning defined in 10 U.S.C. 101.

(5) "Uniformed services" has the meaning defined in 10 U.S.C. 101.

(F) The board shall, within twenty-four hours after receiving the report under division (A) of section 4776.04 of the Revised Code, notify the applicant applying for an expedited license in accordance with this rule that the board has received the results of a criminal records check.

(G) The board shall issue an expedited license to practice as a licensed optometrist, optician, or ocularist under this rule, provided that the applicant meets the requirements of this section, within fourteen days of having received the results of a criminal records check.

(H) The board shall deny an applicant the license or revoke the license under this section if any of the following circumstances occur:

(1) The applicants license issued by another state or jurisdiction expires or is revoked, or the individual is not in good standing.

(2) With respect to an applicant who was eligible for a license under this section as the spouse of an individual on military duty, six months have elapsed since the divorce, dissolution or annulment of the marriage; and

(3) The individual is in violation of section 4725.53 of the Revised Code or rules adopted thereunder.

(I) License renewal

(1) Licensed optometrists, opticians, and ocularists serving in the military shall be exempted from the annual renewal fee provided written documentation is submitted to the board office evidencing that said licensee or the licensee's spouse, is on active duty in the military. Upon receipt of said documentation and submission of the required continuing education hours, the board shall waive the annual fee and renewal shall be issued to the licensee.

(2) Those licensees who had been actively engaged in the military during the annual period and submitted satisfactory evidence to the board of honorable discharge or separation under honorable conditions shall be exempt from the annual renewal fee for that year.

(3) The licensee may submit an application to the board, stating that the licensee requires an extension of the current continuing education reporting period because the licensee has served on active duty during the current or a prior reporting period. The licensee shall submit proper documentation certifying the active duty service and the length of the active duty. Upon receiving the application and proper documentation, the board shall extend the current reporting period by an amount of time equal to the total number of months that the license spent on active duty during the current reporting period. For purposes of this rule, any portion of a month served on active duty shall be considered a full month.

(4) The board shall consider relevant education, training, or service completed by a licensee as a member of the armed forces of the United States or reserve components thereof, the Ohio national guard, the Ohio military reserve, the Ohio naval militia, or the national guard of any other state in determining whether a licensee has fulfilled required continuing education. In accordance with section 5903.03 of the Revised Code, the following military programs of training, military primary specialties, and lengths of service are substantially equivalent to or exceed the education and experience requirements for a license as a:

(a) Dispensing spectacle optician.

(i) Military programs of training.

(ii) Tri-service optician school, (TOPS), a division of the naval ophthalmic support and training activity is substantially equivalent to the education requirements for licensure as a spectacle dispensing optician.

(b) Military primary specialties.

(i) Army: optical laboratory specialist (MOS-6th);

(ii) Navy: optician (HM-8463); and

(iii) Air force: optometry (4V0X1).

(c) Lengths of service.

(5) The applicants will have met the experience requirements for licensure if the applicant has completed the training program listed in paragraph (J)(4)(a) of this rule and has served for a minimum of eighteen months in one of the military specialties listed in paragraph (J)(4)(b) of this rule.

(J) Prepare a report on the number and type of licenses or registrations issued during the fiscal year under this rule. The report shall be provided to the director of veteran's services not later than thirty days after the end of the fiscal year.

Last updated April 29, 2021 at 8:39 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 119.03, 4725.09, 5903.03
Amplifies: 4725.12, 5903.03
Five Year Review Date: 4/29/2026
Rule 4725-3-13 | Apprentice, new and renewal fees.
 

Apprentice registration and apprentice renewal fees are twenty dollars each. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.52
Amplifies: 4725.52
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-14 | Optician and ocularist license and endorsement application fees.
 

Optician and ocularist license and endorsement application fees are fifty dollars each. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.48
Amplifies: 4725.48
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-15 | Optician and ocularist renewal and late renewal fees.
 

Optician and ocularist license renewal fees are one hundred dollars each, and late license renewal fees are seventy-five dollars. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.51
Amplifies: 4725.51
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-16 | Optician and ocularist duplicate license fees.
 

Optician and ocularist license duplication or wall certificate fees are five dollars each. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.50
Amplifies: 4725.50
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-17 | Therapeutic optometrist license application fee.
 

Therapeutic optometrist application fees are one hundred seventy-five dollars. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.34
Amplifies: 4725.34
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-18 | Therapeutic and diagnostic optometrist license renewal fees.
 

Therapeutic and diagnostic optometrist license renewals fees are one hundred seventy-five dollars. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.34
Amplifies: 4725.34
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-19 | Optometrist license renewal fee.
 

Optometrist license renewal fees are one hundred thirty dollars. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.34
Amplifies: 4725.34
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-20 | Optometrist certificate name change, replacement wall certificate fees.
 

All fees are non-refundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 119.03, 4725.13, 4725.34, 5903.03
Amplifies: 4725.34
Five Year Review Date: 1/14/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 8/30/2019
Rule 4725-3-21 | Therapeutic, diagnostic, and optometrist late continuing education and late license renewal fees.
 

Therapeutic optometrists, diagnostic optometrists, and optometrists late continuing education and late license renewal fees are one hundred twenty-five dollars each. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.34
Amplifies: 4725.34
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-22 | Reinstatement of inactive status certificate of licensure, delinquent certificate of licensure fees.
 

Inactive status licensure reinstatement fees are seventy-five dollars, and delinquent status licensure reinstatement fees are seventy-five dollars, for each year that the certificate is classified as delinquent. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.34
Amplifies: 4725.34
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-23 | License application fee for military spouse.
 

The initial licensure fee for a qualifying military spouse shall not exceed two hundred dollars. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.34
Amplifies: 4725.34
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024
Rule 4725-3-24 | Ocularist examination fee.
 

Ocularist examination fee shall not exceed two hundred twenty-five dollars. All fees are nonrefundable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4725.48
Amplifies: 4725.48
Five Year Review Date: 8/30/2024