CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR 2-YEAR RENEWAL CYCLE
TPA Certified optometrists are required to document 50 hours 30 of which must be therapeutic and have current CPR certification.
DPA Certified optometrists are required to document 36 hours 6 of which must be diagnostic and have current CPR certification.
Non-Certified optometrists are required to document 36 hours.
The Board accepts only COPE approved or Maryland Board approved continuing education programs. The following COPE categories are accepted as therapeutic: (AS), (GL), (IS), (LP), (NO), (PD), (OP), (PH), (PO), (PS), (RE), (SD), (SP). These COPE categories are accepted as general: (CL), (EJ), (FV), (GO), (LV), (PB), (PM).
1. Board Meeting Attendance – The Board will allow continuing education credit of up to 4 hours in the two-year period for attendance at the regular session of Board meetings. Licensees will receive 2 hours and a certificate for each meeting attendance.
2. Clinical Observation – Observation of clinical procedures (without a corresponding lecture) will be accepted for continuing education credit up to a maximum of 6 hours in the two-year period. The site must be pre-approved by the Board. The licensee needs to obtain a letter verifying the number of hours from the person or facility where the observation is done.
3. General -Types of general hours may include the following:
CPR –Required for DPA and TPA certification. DPA and TPA certified optometrists are responsible for maintaining proficiency with the current CPR procedures as recommended by the American Heart Association. The Board will grant a maximum of 3 hours in the two-year period for CPR recertification.
Practice Management – The Board will allow a maximum of 4 hours in the two-year period for programs directly relating to patient care.
Ethics – The Board will allow up to a maximum of 4 hours for Board approved courses in optometric ethics.
Other – The Board will allow approved programs that are relevant to the practice of optometry.
4. Journal and Internet Courses – Courses given in optometric or other professional journals with a post-test, or Internet courses will be accepted for continuing education credit up to a maximum of 20 hours in the two-year period. Anyone with a physical handicap or other problem that precludes attendance at continuing education courses can request a waiver of the 20-hour limit from the Board.
5. Lecture - There is no limit to the number of hours for attending face to face/ in-person/ live lectures.
6. Presented Program - Licensees who present approved CE programs will be allowed continuing education hours for the preparation and presentation of the program as follows: for each hour of presentation, the licensee will be allowed one hour for preparation and one hour for presentation up to a maximum of 12 hours in the two- year period.
7. Pro Bono Work- The Board will allow 1 credit hour for each 3 hours of approved continuing education activity, up to a maximum of 6 credit hours per renewal cycle.
8. Published Paper – The Board will allow continuing education credit for a maximum of 9 hours in the two-year period for papers which have been either published or peer–reviewed.