Licensees Whose Licenses Expire on June 30, 2013
The timeframe for obtaining the required hours is from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013.
All courses must be approved by either COPE or the Maryland Board.
TPA- Optometrists shall complete 30 of the 50 hours in the use and management of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents.
DPA- Optometrists shall complete 36 hours and 6 of those hours shall be in the use of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents in the diagnosis and optometric management of ocular disease.
CPR- is required for DPA & TPA optometrists and they are responsible for maintaining proficiency in current CPR procedures. The Board will grant up to a maximum of three hour per renewal cycle for CPR re-certification courses.
NON-CERTIFIED - Optometrists shall complete 36 hours.
Practice Management: Courses directly related to optometric care up to a maximum of 4 hours per renewal cycle.
Journals and Internet Courses: Board approved journals and internet courses with a post-test, will be accepted for continuing education credit up to a maximum of 20 hours per renewal 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.
Observation: Observation of optometric procedures at Board approved cites up to a maximum of 6 hours per renewal cycle.
Presenters of Courses, Seminars & Lectures: Licensees who present approved CE programs will be allowed continuing education hours for the preparation and presentation of the program as follows: 2 hours for preparation and one hour for lecture up to a maximum of 12 hours in the two year per renewal cycle.
Published Papers: Published papers or papers approved for publication credit will be awarded at 2 hours per paper up to a maximum of 12 hours per renewal cycle.
Pro Bono Work: Pro bono work shall earn 1 credit hour for each 3 hours of approved continuing education activity, up to a maximum of 6 credit hours per renewal cycle.
Public Board Meeting Attendance: Licensees may receive credit for attending in its entirety an open session of a Board meeting up to a maximum of 4 hours per renewal cycle.
Courses In Optometric Ethics, Maryland Optometric Jurisprudence, or both as approved by the Board up to a maximum of 4 hour per renewal cycle.