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I. Education Law
Introduction...........................................................................1 Definition of the Practice of Optometry ...............................1 Certification to Use Therapeutic Drugs ................................1 Practice of Optometry and Use of Title “Optometrist” ........7 State Board for Optometry....................................................7 Requirements for a Professional License..............................7 Exempt Person ......................................................................8 Special Provisions.................................................................8 Advertising of Non-Prescription Ready-to-Wear Magnifying Spectacles or Glasses ........................................9
II. License Requirements
General Requirements...........................................................10 Education Requirements .......................................................10 Examination Requirements...................................................12 Certification in the Administration of Topical Diagnostic Pharmaceuticals (DPAS) Requirement.................................12 Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPA) Requirement.....13 Fees .......................................................................................13 Partial Refunds......................................................................14 Licensure by Endorsement....................................................14
III. License Application Forms .................................................15
Each form listed below is available on the NYSOA website through the following link: http://nysoa.org/index.php?section=handbook&upd=ok
Form 1 - Application for Licensure Form 2 - Certification of Professional Education Form 3 – Verif. of Licensure/Cert. in another Jurisdiction Form 4 - Report of Professional Practice Form 4A - Supporting Affidavit of Professional Practice Form 1CE - Certification of Exemption Form AD/NAME - Address/Name Change Form
IV. Practice Guidelines
Patient Confidentiality .........................................................18 Recordkeeping .....................................................................19 Supervision ..........................................................................19 Patient Abandonment...........................................................20 Consultation with Other Professionals.................................20 Fee Disputes.........................................................................20 Insurance Billing and Pitfalls...............................................21 Professional Conduct in Patient Relations...........................22 Office Hygiene – Infection Control .....................................22 Proper Prescriptions and the Release of Prescriptions.........22 Questions or Additional Information ...................................23
V. Continuing Education
General Information.............................................................24 Continuing Education: Who is required to take it and why? ....................................24 Continuing Education Hours................................................26 Continuing Education Courses and Acceptable Subject Areas ....................................................27 Continuing Education Sponsors...........................................28 Recordkeeping, Reporting and Auditing .............................29 Other Relevant Information .................................................30 Contact for Further Information...........................................30
VI. Mandated Training Related to Child Abuse
Documentation.....................................................................32 Exemptions ..........................................................................32 Choosing A Provider............................................................32
VII. Mandated Training Related to Infection Control
Choosing a Provider.............................................................33 Documentation.....................................................................34 Exemptions ..........................................................................34
VIII. Consumer Information
What is Optometry? .............................................................36 How do Optometrists Treat These Conditions?...................36 When Would I Use The Services of an Optometrist?..........36 What Can I Expect to Happen During an Examination? .....36 Is There a Usual Age for a Child to get an Eye Exam? .......37 What Credentials Do New York Licensed Optometrists Have?..............................................................37 How Do I Locate an Optometrist? .......................................37 What Records Does My Optometrist Maintain?..................38 What Questions Should Individuals with Disabilities ask About Accessing Services? ............................................................38 To Help Your Professional Relationship with Your Optometrist You Should: .........................................................................38 Verifying a New York License ............................................38
VIII. Contact Information
License Application Status ..................................................39 Education Credentials from Non-Approved Programs........39 Licensing Examination ........................................................40 Practice Issues and Continuing Education...........................40 Professional Misconduct and Discipline..............................40 General Customer Service ...................................................40 Please use the following link to obtain the below documents
IX. Calculating Your Chair Costs
Presented by the American Optometric Association Eye Care Benefits Center Randolph E. Fincher, OD - Health Care Trends Committee
X. Questions to Ask Before Signing a Managed Care Contract
Presented by the American Optometric Association Eye Care Benefits Center Randolph E. Fincher, OD - Health Care Trends Committee
Introduction. Introduction. | §7102. adapting or fitting non-corrective contact lenses. the following terms shall have the following meanings: a. Exempt persons. providing. or by prescribing or providing orthoptics or vision training. §7101-a. §7101. The practice of the profession of optometry is defined as diagnosing and treating optical deficiency. Requirements for a professional license. | §7101. Optometry http://www. therapeutic ultrasound and the removal of foreign bodies from within the tissue of the eye. This article applies to the profession of optometry. visual anomaly. | §7103. As used in this section.htm §7100. Advertising of non-prescription ready-to-wear magnifying spectacles or glasses. providing. 1. | §7101-a.op. Certification to use therapeutic drugs.gov/article143. Definition of the practice of optometry. State board for optometry. | §7106. ionizing radiation. Certification to use therapeutic drugs. nineteen hundred ninety-five.Education Law Article 143. | §7105. Practice of optometry and use of title "optometrist". The use of drugs by optometrists is authorized only in accordance with the provisions of this article and regulations promulgated by the commissioner. or by prescribing and using drugs. Nothing in this section or section seventy-one hundred one-a of this article shall be construed to limit the scope of optometric practice as authorized prior to January first. Definition of the practice of optometry. Special provisions.nysed. or otherwise infiltrated by mechanical or other means. Definitions. | §7107. Clinical training. lasers. | §7104. altered. adapting or fitting lenses or by prescribing. Invasive modality includes surgery. The practice of optometry shall not include any injection or invasive modality. The general provisions for all professions contained in article one hundred thirty of this title apply to this article. optical deformity. muscular anomaly or disease of the human eye and adjacent tissue by prescribing. treatment and management of patients with ocular disease and shall be comparable to Page 1 . For purposes of this section invasive modality means any procedure in which human tissue is cut. §7100. Clinical training shall mean the diagnosis.
Anesthetic agents. Education review committee shall mean the committee established pursuant to subdivision nine of this section. hyperosmotic/hypertonic agents. iii. steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. Disclosing agents and other substances used in conjunction with these drugs as part of a diagnostic procedure. Phase one therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. An optometrist authorized to use pharmaceutical agents for use in the diagnosis. decongestants/anti-allergenics. Cycloplegics. viii. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. Certificate. 2. Diagnostic pharmaceuticals shall mean those drugs which shall be limited to topical applications to the surface of the eye for the purpose of diagnostic examination of the eye and shall be limited to: i. and a periodic review of the patient's progress. treatment or prevention of ocular disease shall be held to the same standard of care in diagnosis. The commissioner shall issue appropriate certificates to use therapeutic pharmaceutical agents in accordance with the provisions of this section to those optometrists who have satisfactorily completed a curriculum in general and ocular pharmacology at a college of optometry with didactic and supervised clinical programs approved by the department are eligible to apply for the certificate issued pursuant to this section. vi. antiviral agents. v. ii. d.that acquired by a current graduate of the State University College of Optometry. iv. f. vii. alpha agonists. Phase two pharmaceutical agents shall mean those drugs which shall be limited to topical application to the surface of the eye and shall be limited to: i. v. Miotics. ii. Page 2 . b. e. iii. direct acting cholinergic agents. Education review committee. Standard of care. antibiotic/antimicrobials. iv. beta blockers. artificial tears and lubricants. Phase one pharmaceutical agents shall mean those drugs which shall be limited to topical application to the surface of the eye for therapeutic purposes and shall be limited to: i. Diagnostic pharmaceuticals. Mydriatics. ii. and treatment as that degree of skill and proficiency commonly exercised by a physician in the same community. Consultation shall mean a confirmation of the diagnosis. use of such agents. iii. 3. c. Consultation. cycloplegics. a plan of co-management of the patient. Phase two therapeutic pharmaceutical agents.
no optometrist exempt under this paragraph shall be permitted to use phase one therapeutic pharmaceutical agents or phase two therapeutic pharmaceutical agents prior to the general authorization provided to optometrists licensed in this state. 5. each optometrist shall have completed at least three hundred hours of clinical training in the diagnosis. The department shall suspend the certification for the use and prescribing of phase one therapeutic agents of any optometrist who fails to receive certification for phase two therapeutic pharmaceutical agents within three years of having been certified for phase one therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. c. nineteen hundred ninety-three. or (ii) optometrists who have been certified for at least five years to use phase one and phase two drugs in another jurisdiction. b. an optometrist shall engage in a written consultation with a licensed physician specializing in diseases of the eye. nineteen hundred ninety-three and additionally shall either have taken and successfully passed the treatment and management of ocular diseases portion of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry test or have taken and successfully passed an examination acceptable to the board. d. Approval of the pre-acquired clinical training shall be in accordance with subdivision nine-a of this section. not fewer than twenty-five hours of such training shall have been completed subsequent to June thirtieth. Suspension of certification. treatment and management of patients with glaucoma and ocular hypertension. Before using or prescribing phase one therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. Phase one therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. and have been licensed in accordance with section seventy-one hundred four of this chapter. nineteen hundred ninety-four. Before using or prescribing phase two therapeutic pharmaceutical agents.4. After the initial diagnosis of glaucoma or ocular hypertension and before initiating treatment of any patient. a. 6. Provided. and shall have taken and successfully passed an oral or written examination acceptable by the board. a. however. The provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subdivision shall not apply to (i) graduates of an appropriate program approved by the department who have successfully passed the examination on the use of diagnostic and therapeutic drugs and who graduated subsequent to January first. The clinical training required by this section may have been acquired prior to the enactment of this section not inconsistent with paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subdivision. Consultation. not fewer than twenty-five hours of such training shall have been completed subsequent to July first. have demonstrated such use in independently managed patients. an optometrist must be certified for diagnostic and phase one therapeutic agents and have completed an additional one hundred hours of clinical training in the diagnosis. treatment and management of patients with ocular disease other than glaucoma and ocular hypertension. Page 3 .
8. In the event you are diagnosed with glaucoma. i. An optometrist prescribing steroids or antiviral medication shall inform each patient that in the event the condition does not improve within five days.D. Continuing education. or one selected by the optometrist. In the event your condition requires the use of steroids or antiviral medication and your condition does not improve within five days. c. nineteen hundred ninety-nine and who has had at least seventy-five documented examinations and diagnosis of patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension which examinations were part of their training and were under physician supervision. A consultation shall be required for a period of three years or until the optometrist has examined and diagnosed seventy-five patients having glaucoma or ocular hypertension which examinations require a written consultation in accordance with paragraph (a) of this subdivision. Notice to patient. each optometrist certified to prescribe and use therapeutic drugs shall have posted conspicuously in the office reception area the following notice: "Dr. or if you wish. the optometrist will have your diagnosis confirmed and treatment co-managed with an ophthalmologist (MD) of your choice. (Name). a physician of your choice will be notified. ii. (Name). O. one selected by Dr." Page 4 . 7. The education shall be in the area of ocular disease and pharmacology and may include both didactic and clinical components. b. a. An optometrist engaged in a written consultation with an ophthalmologist shall inform a patient diagnosed with glaucoma that the optometrist will have the diagnosis confirmed and comanaged with an ophthalmologist of the patient's choice. whichever occurs later. The consultation provisions shall not apply to a graduate of an appropriate program approved by the department who successfully passed an examination in the use of diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents approved by the department and graduated such school subsequent to January first.b. Such educational programs shall be approved in advance by the department and evidence of the completion of this requirement shall be submitted with each application for license renewal as required by section sixtyfive hundred two of this chapter. is certified by New York State to use drugs to diagnose and treat diseases of the eye. In addition. Each optometrist certified to use phase one or phase two therapeutic pharmaceutical agents shall complete a minimum of thirty-six hours of continuing education per triennial registration period. a physician of the patient's choice will be notified.
Each optometrist requesting approval of pre-acquired clinical training shall submit a written application to the department. The committee shall consist of five members. In evaluating such training. An education review committee is hereby created to advise and assist the commissioner in evaluating pre-acquired clinical training. iv. postdoctoral accredited residency or fellowship programs. based upon the information submitted with the application. clinical training acquired at a facility licensed by the state of New York in accordance with article twenty-eight of the public health law or at a comparable facility located in another state or country provided the licensing requirements or accreditation requirements of such institution are comparable to those of New York state. the department and the Board of Regents of the University of the state of New York. Page 5 . The commissioner. 9-a. ii. a.The second paragraph of such notice shall only be required to be included during the period when the optometrist is engaged in a written consultation pursuant to subdivision six of this section. to be approved. if any. the committee shall advise as to the number of hours of pre-acquired clinical training. clinical training acquired at an institution accredited by a regional or professional accreditation organization which is recognized or approved by the United States Department of Education. Education review committee. Pre-acquired clinical training. hospital affiliations. The members of the committee shall be appointed by the commissioner in consultation with the chancellor of the state university of New York. 9. v. including rounds and patient management for applicants having staff privileges at such facility. have surgical privileges at a New York state hospital. in consultation with the education review committee may provide credit for the following: i. two of whom shall be ophthalmologists who. The commissioner shall submit each application to the committee for its review and recommendation. consultation and co-management with ophthalmologists of patients with ocular disease and post-surgery recovery. The fifth member who shall be designated as chair shall be an expert in the field of public health and shall be neither an ophthalmologist nor an optometrist. in addition to being members of the faculty of any approved medical school in this state and not also faculty members of SUNY college of optometry. two of whom shall be optometrists on the faculty of the SUNY college of optometry. the committee shall be authorized to require the submission of such reasonable documentation needed to facilitate the committee's review of the adequacy and relevance of such training. In making such recommendation. iii.
12. b. Optometrists who have been approved and certified by the department shall be permitted to use the following drugs: a. Diagnostic pharmaceuticals. by the treating optometrist. Pharmaceutical agents. have demonstrated such use in independently managed patients and are seeking licensure and certification in New York. The decision of the commissioner shall be final and binding on all parties. 10. vi. experience in other states in which the applicant has been certified to use therapeutic pharmaceutical agents.experience at an accredited educational institution as a faculty instructor in clinical practice. ocular disease management and pharmacology. The commissioner shall adopt regulations (a) providing for the certification of graduates of an appropriate program approved by the department who have successfully passed the examination on the use of diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents and who have graduated subsequent to January first. Any optometrist disagreeing with the recommendation of the education review committee shall have a right to appeal in writing to the commissioner. In the event an optometrist treats a patient with topical antiviral or steroidal drugs and the patient's condition either fails to improve or worsens within five days. Page 6 . Those optometrists having been certified for phase two therapeutic pharmaceutical agents shall be authorized to use and prescribe phase two therapeutic pharmaceutical agents which are FDA approved and commercially available. the optometrist shall notify a physician designated by the patient or. The commissioner of health may recommend to the commissioner additions or deletions to the department's regulations relating to optometric use of drugs except that such recommendations shall be limited only to additions which have been determined to be equivalent to those drugs already authorized or deletions based upon a finding that the drugs are no longer appropriate for their current use or for other similar reasons. Those optometrists having been certified for phase one therapeutic pharmaceutical agents shall be authorized (i) to use and recommend all nonprescription medications appropriate for ocular disease whether intended for topical or oral use. Responsibilities of the commissioner. vii. and (ii) to use and prescribe all phase one therapeutic pharmaceutical agents which are FDA approved and commercially available. and (b) providing for the certification of optometrists who have graduated from other accredited colleges of optometry or who are licensed to practice in other jurisdictions. if none. c. Responsibilities of the commissioner of health. b. nineteen hundred ninety-three. 11.
and for additional authorization for the purpose of utilizing diagnostic pharmaceutical agents. in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. The board shall be composed of not less than seven optometrists who shall have been residents of this state engaged in the practice of optometry for at least five years in this state. Citizenship: meet no requirement as to United States citizenship. An executive secretary to the board shall be appointed by the board of regents on recommendation of the commissioner. Application: file an application with the department. a fee of sixty dollars. 5. A state board for optometry shall be appointed by the board of regents on recommendation of the commissioner for the purpose of assisting the board of regents and the department on matters of professional licensing and professional conduct in accordance with section sixty-five hundred eight of this title. Examination: pass an examination satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. To qualify for a license as an optometrist. State board for optometry. Education: have received an education. Fees: pay a fee of two hundred twenty dollars to the department for admission to a department conducted examination and for an initial license.§7102. Requirements for a professional license. 7. a fee of one hundred thirty-five dollars for an initial license for persons not requiring admission to a department conducted examination. 3. §7103. 4. Only a person licensed or exempt under this article shall practice optometry or use the title "optometrist". Experience: have experience satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. including a degree of doctor of optometry or equivalent degree. Practice of optometry and use of title "optometrist". §7104. and 8. 2. Character: be of good moral character as determined by the department. Page 7 . a fee of one hundred fifteen dollars for each reexamination. Age: be at least twenty-one years of age. 6. and a fee of two hundred ten dollars for each triennial registration period. an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements: 1.
An optometrist licensed in another state or country who is employed on a fulltime basis by a registered school of optometry as a faculty member with the rank of assistant professor or higher from conducting research and clinical demonstrations as part of such employment. Special provisions. §7106. that a seller of non-prescription ready-to-wear magnifying spectacles or glasses shall have the following language attached to each pair of glasses or spectacles displayed or offered for sale and in at least ten point bold type permanently affixed in plain view to the top of any point of sale display or. uniform in each meridian.§7105. No fee may be charged for the practice of optometry authorized by this subdivision. Nothing in this article shall be construed to affect or prevent: a. 2. 1. if there is no display." As used in this subdivision "non-prescription. and no official. firm or corporation at retail. Exempt persons. board. CONTINUOUS EYE CHECK-UPS ARE NECESSARY TO DETERMINE YOUR EYE HEALTH STATUS AND VISION NEEDS. The testimony and reports of a licensed optometrist shall be received by any official. only on prescription of a licensed physician or licensed optometrist and only if a licensed physician. This article shall not apply to binoculars. optometrist or ophthalmic dispenser is in charge of and in personal attendance at the place of sale. in the area of sale: "ATTENTION. c. which are encased in eyeglass frames and intended to ameliorate the Page 8 . under the supervision of a licensed optometrist and on the premises of the school. Eyeglasses or lenses for the correction of vision or non-corrective contact lenses may be sold by any person. board. A person licensed to practice optometry from using a degree conferred in course after resident study by an educational institution lawfully authorized by the state in which it is located to confer such a degree. except. or other agency of the state or any of its subdivisions or municipalities shall discriminate among the practitioners of optometry and any other ocular practitioners. telescopes. or other lenses used for simple magnification. ready to wear magnifying spectacles or glasses" means spherical convex lenses. commission. commission or other agency of the state or of any of its subdivisions or municipalities as qualified evidence with respect to any matter defined in section seventy-one hundred one of this article. READY-TO-WEAR NON-PRESCRIPTION GLASSES ARE NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE PRESCRIBED CORRECTIVE LENSES OR EXAMINATIONS BY AN EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL. or b. A student from engaging in clinical practice under supervision of a licensed optometrist or physician in a school of optometry in this state registered by the department.
1. the sale or offer for sale of each pair of non-prescription ready-to-wear magnifying spectacles or glasses which fail to meet the standards of this section shall constitute a violation. "non-prescription.75 diopters. 2. which are encased in eyeglass frames and intended to ameliorate the symptoms of presbyopia. The lenses in such glasses shall be of uniform focus power in each eye and shall not exceed 2. Any printed advertising for non-prescription ready-to-wear magnifying spectacles or glasses to be sold through the mail also shall include the statement. "ATTENTION. Page 9 .75 diopters. §7107. his or her agent or employee who shall violate any provision of this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars for each violation. The lenses in such glasses shall be of uniform focus power in each eye and shall not exceed 2.symptoms of presbyopia. For purposes of this section. Advertising of non-prescription ready-to-wear magnifying spectacles or glasses." As used in this section. uniform in each meridian. READY-TO-WEAR NON-PRESCRIPTION GLASSES ARE NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE PRESCRIBED CORRECTIVE LENSES OR EXAMINATIONS BY AN EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL. Any person. ready to wear magnifying spectacles or glasses" means spherical convex lenses. deceit or misrepresentation in any advertising related to optometric services. CONTINUOUS EYE CHECK-UPS ARE NECESSARY TO DETERMINE YOUR EYE HEALTH STATUS AND VISION NEEDS. 3. It shall be a class A misdemeanor to practice any fraud.
Article 143. Education Requirement To satisfy the education requirement for licensure as an optometrist.17 and Part 66 of the Commissioner's Regulations. Professional Education Satisfactory completion of not less than 60 semester hours of college study from a New York State registered program or the equivalent as determined by the New York State Education Department. be at least 21 years of age. biology or zoology. Page 10 . to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. along with the appropriate fee. Section 7104 of New York's Education Law and Section 52. you must present evidence of completing A. These 60 semester hours must include courses in general chemistry. A. The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8. and physics. organic chemistry.License Requirements General Requirements | Fees | Partial Refunds | Education Requirement | Examination Requirement | Certification in the Administration of Topical Diagnostic Pharmaceuticals (DPAS) Requirement | Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPA) Requirement | Licensure by Endorsement General Requirements Any use of the title "optometrist" within New York State requires licensure. Copies of the relevant sections of New York State Education Law and the Commissioner's Regulations are also available upon request from email@example.com. 320. To be licensed as an optometrist in New York State you must: • • • be of good moral character. You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions. and meet education and examination requirements. B and C below. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.gov or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. You must submit an application for licensure and the other forms indicated.
Approved providers include many hospitals and schools of optometry within New York State. Page 11 . 570. to the satisfaction of the Department. Graduates from New York State optometry programs after September 1. The educational program must consist of four years of college study (or its equivalent) based upon the prerequisite education defined in Part A above and must lead to the degree of Doctor of Optometry. C. accredited by the American Optometric Association Council on Optometric Education (AOACOE). Additional Requirements: o Child Abuse Identification Reporting You must also complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse in accordance with Section 6507(3)(a) of the Education Law. that your practice does not involve professional contact with persons under the age of 18 and that you do not have contact with persons 18 or older with a handicapping condition who reside in a residential care school or facility.B. or its equivalent. All other applicants must submit an attestation of compliance with or exemption from the infection control coursework requirement (Form 1IC) within 90 days of your date of licensure. You may be eligible for exemption from the training if you can document. 570. Graduates of New York State optometry programs after September 1. You may request additional information regarding this requirement including a list of approved providers by calling 518-4743817 ext. including engineering and work practice controls. You may request additional information regarding this requirement including a list of approved providers by calling 518-4743817 ext. All other applicants must submit a certificate of completion from an approved provider or file a certification of exemption before a New York State license can be issued. or determined by the Department to be the equivalent of such a licensure qualifying or accredited program. Form 1IC will be sent to you along with your license. o Infection Control and Barrier Precautions You must also complete approved coursework or training appropriate to your practice regarding infection control and barrier precautions in accordance with Section 6505-b of the Education Law. 1990 are credited with having completed this coursework as part of their optometry program. 1993 are credited with having completed this coursework as part of their optometry program. to prevent the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis b virus (HBV) in the course of professional practice. Professional Education Satisfactory completion of a professional program in optometry registered by the Department as licensure qualifying.
II. To apply for the certification. please contact the Office of the New York State Board for Optometry at 518-474-3817 ext.Examination Requirement To meet the examination requirement for licensure. Page 12 .org Web: www. NC 28202 Phone: 704-332-9565 or toll free 800-969-EXAM (3926) Fax: 704-332-9568 E-mail: nbeo@optometry. College Street. Certification in the Administration of Topical Diagnostic Pharmaceuticals (DPAS) Requirement If you graduated from a college of optometry registered by the Department as licensure qualifying or accredited by the AOACOE after January 1. #1920 Charlotte. you meet the examination requirement for licensure. Reasonable Testing Accommodations If you have a disability and require reasonable testing accommodations for the examination. If you graduated from your college of optometry prior to January 1. you must check the box in item 1 of the Application for Licensure (Form 1) for "Optometrists DPA Certification" and include the $60 certification fee. Contact the NBEO for eligibility requirements. Student copies will not be accepted. your educational program included the training required for you to obtain certification in the administration of topical diagnostic pharmaceuticals. and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examination.org Alternatively. fees. 1984.optometry. and other examination information at: National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) 200 S. you must pass Parts I. All score reports must be sent directly by the testing agency to the Office of the Professions. If you are seeking certification in the use of Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPAs). 591 for information on the requirements you must meet to obtain the certification. you must pass the NBEO's Treatment and Management of Ocular Diseases (TMOD) examination. 1984. contact the NBEO for information on the procedures for requesting such accommodations. if you passed Parts I and II of the NBEO examination and the Northeast Regional Clinical Optometric Assessment Testing Service (NERCOATS) examination.
The fee for certification in the administration of topical diagnostic pharmaceuticals is $60. payments submitted in any other form will not be accepted and will be returned. SUNY College of Optometry 33 West 42nd Street New York.Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPA) Requirement If you are interested in certification to use therapeutic pharmaceutical agents (TPAs). Mail your application and fee to: New York State Education Department. you must contact the SUNY College of Optometry for information regarding the requirements you must meet to obtain certification. • • • Do not send cash. Office of the Professions PO Box 22063 Albany. You will be billed for the difference if fees have been increased. Make your personal check or money order payable to the New York State Education Department. Note: If you are applying for both. If you graduated from your college of optometry prior to January 1. you may submit one check for $405 for both fees. 1993. NY 12201 Please Note: Payment submitted from outside the United States should be made by check or draft on a United States bank and in United States currency. you must complete item 14 on your Application for Licensure (Form 1) to apply for that certification. Fees are subject to change. and passed the TMOD examination. graduated from a college of optometry registered by the Department as licensure qualifying or accredited by the AOACOE after January 1. 1993. NY 10036-8003 Phone 212-938-4000 Fees The fee for licensure and first registration is $345. The fee due is the one in law when your application is received (unless fees are increased retroactively). Your cancelled check is your receipt. Page 13 .
before the use of the NBEO as a national examination. and you will be required to pay the licensure fee and meet the licensure requirements in place at the time you reapply. Licensure by Endorsement Licensure by endorsement of a license issued by another state applies only to those applicants who were licensed without having taken the NBEO. you are not eligible to apply for licensure by endorsement unless you have subsequently passed a comparable licensing examination.nysed. All endorsement applicants must present evidence of at least five years of professional practice of optometry following initial licensure and within the 10 years immediately preceding application for licensure in New York.gov or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. If you have failed a licensing examination used by the State of New York. obtain a refund. • • For the procedure to withdraw your application. Parts I. this is an option for applicants who graduated from a professional optometry program prior to 1969. 250 or by fax at 518402-5354. If you withdraw your application. For the most part. and then decide to seek New York State licensure at a later date.Partial Refunds Individuals who withdraw their licensure application may be entitled to a partial refund. contact the Optometry Unit at opunit1@mail. II and III or the NBEO Parts I and II and the NERCOATS examination. The State Education Department is not responsible for any fees paid to an outside testing or credentials verification agency. Page 14 . you will be considered a new applicant.
28K. Download times and print quality will depend on your connection speed and printer.Optional (anchange. 2 pages) You are required to notify us within 30 days of any name or address changes.pdf. Make your check payable to the New York State Education Department. The Office of the Professions will not accept this form if it is submitted by the applicant.(opt2. You may also need to submit additional information (for example.pdf. Your signature on Form 1 must be notarized by a Notary Public.pdf. 2 pages) Please Note: This form must be completed and submitted by the educational institution. you will need to have the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer.op.Application for Licensure .(opt1.gov/optomforms.License Application Forms http://www. Address/Name Change Form . 42K. You must answer all questions and provide all information requested unless otherwise indicated. Please read the instructions and complete the appropriate sections of this form.htm Instructions for completing and submitting the forms required for licensure appear below. Upon receipt of your completed application. Applicants who are eligible and wish to obtain DPA certification must check both boxes in item 1 of the form and include the additional $60 fee. examination scores). 4 pages) All applicants for licensure must complete this form and submit it with the $345 licensure fee directly to the Office of the Professions at the mailing address at the end of Form 1. Adobe Reader Form 1 . Failure to complete all required parts of the application will delay its review. Page 15 . Note: All forms are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).nysed.Certification of Professional Education . Note: Your cancelled check is your receipt. Form 2 . we will send you an acknowledgement letter. To view or print these documents. 25K. Please refer to the license requirements link on the left for complete information regarding all requirements you must meet.
(opt3. 25K. Form 4 .Report of Professional Practice .(opt4a. 15K. Complete this form and provide a chronological list of your professional practice in item 5 including the name and practice address of the licensed optometrist(s) who will attest to your practice.Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to your school. Be sure to sign and date item 7. Be sure to sign and date item 7 and include any fee required by the licensing authority. You may need to have more than one affidavit submitted for comprehensive certification of the required five years of professional optometry practice. 1 page) Use this form only if you are licensed in another jurisdiction and are seeking licensure by endorsement. You must send a corresponding Form 4A to each optometrist you list in item 5. Please photocopy the form as needed Section II: The licensed optometrist(s) who will verify your professional practice must complete and submit the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form.Supporting Affidavit of Professional Practice . Section II: The licensing authority must complete this section.(opt4. Page 16 .pdf. Be sure to sign and date item 9. 22K. Form 4A . Form 3 .pdf.pdf. Be sure to sign and date item 6. 2 pages) Use this form only if you are or have been licensed/certified in another jurisdiction Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to the licensing authority of each jurisdiction in which you are or have been licensed/certified. Section II: The Registrar must complete this section and return the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the mailing address on the form. date and return the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form. sign. 2 pages) Section I: Complete this section of the form and send it to the licensed optometrist(s) who will verify your professional practice.Verification of Licensure/Certification in Another Jurisdiction .
Use this form only if you are applying for an exemption to the requirement to complete training or coursework in the identification of child abuse and maltreatment because the nature of your practice excludes contact with persons under the age of 18 and persons 18 or older with a handicapping condition who reside in a residential care school or facility. 1 page) This form is not for all applicants. Page 17 .Child Abuse Certification of Exemption Form .pdf.(form1ce. 17k.
Care should be taken not to talk about patients in public places. written or electronic. it is unprofessional conduct to reveal personally identifiable facts. Unless disclosure is required by law. If you violate this confidentiality rule you may be subject to charges of unprofessional conduct. medical history. theft. if it applies. Please see Deputy Commissioner's March 1999 Memo on Professional Practice Guidelines. Patient information includes such information as personal data. Optometrists have an ethical and legal responsibility to safeguard patient information. use or disclosure.1(b)(8) of the Regents Rules. or unauthorized access. Under section 29. except as authorized or required by law. treatment. and stored in a secure environment. even if you are not using the patient's name. Court orders. Patient information. Page 18 .gov/ocr/hipaa. Your decision to disclose patient information must be consistent with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). diagnosis.hhs. patient information should not be shared with anyone without the patient's written permission. subpoenas and investigations by the Office of Professional Discipline are examples of disclosures that may be required even in the absence of the patient's consent. and financial situation. More information regarding HIPAA may be found on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Web site at www. Patient information should be shared only on a need-to-know basis with those who participate in the care of the patient. Specific questions should be directed to the actual statutory or regulatory language. Confidential information should be kept out of plain view.Practice Guidelines These Guidelines are offered as a matter of general guidance and do not carry the force of law. must be kept secure from loss. Patient Confidentiality | Recordkeeping | Supervision | Patient Abandonment | Consultation with Other Professionals | Fee Disputes | Insurance Billing and Pitfalls | Professional Conduct in Patient Relations | Office Hygiene . data or information obtained in a professional capacity without the prior consent of the patient or client.Infection Control | Proper Prescriptions and Release of Prescriptions | Questions or Additional Information Patient Confidentiality Privacy is a patient right.
health. the optometrist's estate could be subject to a malpractice suit after his/her death.us/nysdoh/opmc/medright. patients have the right of access to their records under most circumstances. Contact information is available on the New York State Department of Health Web site at www. Your records may be your principal defense to charges of professional misconduct. If you deny access to records to a patient. they should be properly destroyed to safeguard patient confidentiality. All patient records must be retained for at least six years. For example. For example. if requested. therefore. with the exception of records for minor patients.ny. patient records can ensure consumer protection. There is no statute of limitations for charges of professional misconduct. The optometrist is ultimately responsible for quality Page 19 . Optometrists should also make provisions for the maintenance and destruction.Recordkeeping Health professionals are required to maintain records for each patient that accurately reflect the evaluation and treatment of the patient according to section 29. Practitioners and their patients should be aware that under some conditions other parties might have reason to have access to patient records.2(a)(3) of the Rules of the Board of Regents. should be an accurate and legible account of the evaluation and treatment of the patient. guide professional treatment.htm. The obligation to maintain records is not changed by the retirement or sale of a practice by an optometrist. and facilitate professional consultations. Accurate and complete patient records serve many purposes. In some cases. licensed or unlicensed. If you dispose of records when there is no longer any obligation or need to maintain them. Your records. you have an obligation to inform the patient of his/her right to appeal to the Office of Record Access of the Department of Health. in some cases. if appropriate provisions are not in place. which must be maintained for at least six years and for one year after the minor patient reaches the age of 21. Under Section 18 of the Public Health Law. patient records may be needed by other professionals to provide requisite patient care. that he or she supervises. Supervision The optometrist should adequately monitor the performance of all personnel. as appropriate. of their patients' records in the event of the optometrist's death. Optometrists who retire or sell their practices must make provisions for records to be maintained and accessed. Patient records are required in matters pertaining to professional liability and professional discipline.state.
hospital. Even when these complaints are determined to be unfounded.patient care and is accountable for all services provided by administrative and clinical individuals that the optometrist supervises. and in certain circumstances it may be necessary. for the patient to give informed consent permitting you to reveal any personally identifiable information to a consultant. optometrists may become unexpectedly ill or disabled rendering them unable to continue to provide services.2(a)(1) of the Rules of the Board of Regents defines as a basis for unprofessional conduct. Patient Abandonment Section 29. "abandoning or neglecting a patient or client under and in need of immediate professional care. Consultation with Other Professionals Good practice often involves the need to consult with other professionals to provide for quality patient care." In the event of an emergency. appropriate planning for such events early in the professional relationship can ensure that patients receive the essential services they need when emergencies occur. Page 20 . fee disputes can often lead to complaints of professional misconduct including claims unrelated to the actual fee dispute. without reasonable notice and under circumstances which seriously impair the delivery of professional care to patients or clients. without making reasonable arrangements for the continuation of such care. clinic or other health care facility. However. or abandoning a professional employment by a group practice. When legally required or when consultation is otherwise appropriate. Fee Disputes The Office of the Professions does not negotiate or resolve fee disputes. you should obtain the patient's consent before consulting with other professionals. However. such as claims of negligence or incompetence. Normally these cases would not be considered abandonment. the optometrist will have had the inconvenience and expense sometimes associated with an investigation. It is also good practice. Optometrists who surrender or lose a license as a result of a professional disciplinary action should also ensure that patients are referred to other optometrists who can provide essential professional services.
including insurance coverage if applicable. could help to ensure that the patient fully understands all financial arrangements and could also help to avoid any possible misunderstandings and subsequent disputes regarding issues such as copayments or contract differences. • • • • • Discussing payment and insurance issues (including pre-certification) at the first meeting with the patient. may easily lead to disputes and/or allegations of misconduct. the fees charged for each service. When a patient cancels or does not appear for an appointment. optometrists should: • • Clarify the billing conditions. billing statements. clear. Insurance Billing and Pitfalls Insurance billing. and treatment reports should be simple. constitute a certification that the signatory directly provided the services him or herself. To avoid this. or soon afterward. with the patient at the outset of the evaluation and treatment. For example. insurance claims.To avoid these complaints. including copayments and expenses that are not covered by insurance. and accurate representations of the services provided. direct. It is good practice to have the patient's written authorization to release information necessary to process an insurance claim or to complete a treatment report for pre-certification. a signature as provider on the insurance form may. Page 21 . it is usually considered fraudulent to bill an insurance company for that appointment unless the insurer has provided for cancellations within the contract. Optometrists should be aware of precisely what they are stating when signing any insurance form or report. though sometimes seemingly uncomplicated and straightforward. Explain to the patient all costs involved with their treatment. there may be circumstances in which authorization is required. in some instances. It would be useful to have a written policy in place which is signed by patients to indicate their understanding of the costs involved for their evaluation and treatment and for the optometrist and the patient to develop an individualized payment agreement in advance of treatment when the patient must pay for non-covered expenses. and specify the financial arrangements in terms that the patient can understand. What information you are asked to provide and what you are asked to attest to often varies depending upon the insurance form or report. Attention to details and making certain that you have provided all of the required information when completing insurance forms and reports can help to avoid delays in payment and subsequent misunderstandings and disputes between you and the patient. and the nature of the patient's evaluation and treatment.
Optometrists should establish a working relationship with patients and when appropriate. and age Page 22 . Refer to list of resources on page 47 Proper Prescriptions and the Release of Prescriptions All prescriptions for drugs and devices are required to contain the following information: • • • • Date the prescription is written Prescribers name. it will be your responsibility to demonstrate that the patient has been treated in a professional manner and that appropriate boundaries have been maintained. You should try to recognize the indicators of such problems and try to prevent or quickly defuse these situations. abusing or intimidating a patient either physically or verbally. address and phone number Profession and registration number The patient's name. Regular training is required to prevent the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the course of professional practice.Infection Control The Education Law requires that every four years every optometrist practicing in New York State complete approved coursework or training appropriate to his/her practice in infection control and barrier precautions. address. Section 29. Each optometrist must document compliance with this requirement at the time of your first registration and at each subsequent reregistration. If a complaint is filed.Professional Conduct in Patient Relations Optometrist should treat all patients with respect and with a professional demeanor. their legal representative. Office Hygiene . The optometrist should keep careful records of what transpires in discussions with each patient and if appropriate." Sometimes problems may arise due to miscommunication and misperceptions between optometrists and patients/guardians. involving them as active participants in treatment decisions. with their legal guardian.2(a)(2) of the Rules of the Board of Regents defines unprofessional conduct to include "willfully harassing.
If more detailed information is required. whether or not it is requested by the patient. Page 23 . strength and quantity of the prescribed drug or device The directions for use by the patient The Federal "Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act" requires prescribers of contact lenses to provide the patient with a copy of their contact lens prescription upon the completion of the contact lens fitting. For other requirements relating to contact lens prescriptions.gov.gov/optom. and regulations pertaining to the practice of optometry in New York State can be found at www.gov. you may contact the New York State Board for Optometry by calling 518-4743817 ext. The prescriber may not require that the patient sign a waiver or release before verifying or releasing prescriptions. The prescription must include the name.nysed. Other than contact lens prescriptions. visit the Federal Trade Commission's Web site at www. upon request.op. 591 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. address and signature of the prescriber and date of prescription. Questions or Additional Information The laws.• • The name. rules. optometrists are required to provide a patient with a copy of his or her prescription.nysed.ftc.
Why is continuing education important? Answer: The healthcare professions are always changing. Reporting and Auditing | Other Relevant Information | Contact for Further Information | General Information Optometrists in New York State with the phase one therapeutic pharmaceutical agents (TPA1) privilege and/or the phase two therapeutic pharmaceutical agents (TPA2) privilege are required to complete 36 contact hours of continuing education in each threeyear registration period. 3.gov. Continuing Education: Who is required to take it and why? 1. you will want to continue your education throughout your professional career.nysed. Who is required to take continuing education and how many hours must be completed? Answer: Every optometrist who has been certified to use and prescribe therapeutic pharmaceutical agents and is registered to practice in New York State must take 36 contact hours of continuing education during each three-year registration period to be eligible for continued certification in the use of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. New medications and new procedures are always being developed. Specific requirements for continuing education for optometrists are contained in Article 143 of New York's Education Law. 320 or e-mail opforms@mail. Copies of relevant sections of NYS Education Law and the Commissioner's Regulations are available upon request by calling the Forms Management Unit at 518-474-3817 ext.Continuing Education Questions and Answers for Optometrists General Information | Continuing Education: Who is required to take it and why? | Continuing Education Hours | Continuing Education Courses and Acceptable Subject Areas | Continuing Education Sponsors | Recordkeeping. To give the best care to your patients and allow your practice to evolve with your profession. How can I tell if I have prescribing privileges? Page 24 . 2.
I just received my certification to prescribe therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. regardless of what privileges he or she has. If I have the Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agent privilege. it is not required by law. Registration periods are adjusted so that renewals occur during the licensee's birth month. this registration is for 28 months and you would need to complete 28 hours of continuing education.Answer: Each New York State license is six digits long. 5. I recently graduated and received my license and am in my first registration period. 6. 4. Remember that all registered optometrists practicing in New York State. 7. To do this. If you receive your TPA certification after your registration period begins. Am I still expected to complete the total number of continuing education hours required for my profession? Answer: No. the letters "U" and/or "V" would precede your license number. When this happens. For example. must complete a State approved infection control course every 4 years. the minimum number of hours of continuing education required will be equal to one hour of continuing education per month of certified registration. I just received my registration and it is less than three years in length. any part of a month in Page 25 . Do I need to begin taking continuing education immediately? Answer: Yes. The letter "V" is used to designate the phase two therapeutic pharmaceutical agent privilege. A list of approved providers can be found on the Office of the Professions' Web site. Do I still need to complete 36 hours of continuing education? Answer: No. Hours and months are counted in whole units. you can calculate how many continuing education hours you are required to complete. The order of the letters does not matter. count the length of the registration in months and complete one hour of approved continuing education for each month of the registration period. therefore. The letter "U" is used to designate the phase one therapeutic pharmaceutical agent privilege. if you are issued a registration effective 7/1/05 and it expires 10/31/07. Licensees are required to complete continuing education during every registration period during which they are certified to use therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. am I required to take continuing education courses? Answer: Although it is recommended that all optometrists take continuing education in order to keep abreast of changes in the practice of optometry. If you have prescribing privileges. but my registration expires soon.
Individuals completing college-level course work in appropriate subjects at accredited colleges of optometry should note that one semester hour equals 15 contact hours. Therefore.1 CEU equals one contact hour. and so on. 10. we recommend that you complete Page 26 . You may complete the hours any time during the three-year registration period as long as you have completed the required hours prior to the expiration date of your registration. however. but my registration is inactive. Most continuing education providers give credit in hours. The hours must be completed between the effective date and expiration date for the registration period for which they will be applied.2 CEUs equals two contact hours. If I complete more hours than required during the registration period. Am I required to complete a certain number of hours per year? Answer: No. One continuing education unit (CEU) equals 10 contact hours. Continuing Education Hours 9. However. . Continuing education hours can not be carried over from one registration period to the next. A residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education may be counted for up to 36 hours of continuing education for the registration period during which the residency is completed. To reactivate your New York State registration. can I use them toward the hours required in my next registration period? Answer: No.3 CEUs equals three contact hours. if you receive your TPA certification on 12/20/05 and your registration expires 5/30/06.which you are TPA certified will count as one month. What is an hour of continuing education? Answer: An hour of continuing education is one contact hour of at least 50 minutes in duration. . Do I need to complete continuing education before I can reactivate my registration? Answer: No. 8. For example. you may see credit given in continuing education units. I am licensed in New York State. . you will be required to complete a minimum of six hours of continuing education. 11. you will need to request a delayed registration application from the Registration Unit and submit it along with your registration fee.
courses each year so you are sure to have them completed before it is time to reregister. Courses in practice management. finance. 16. provided the student is able to communicate and interact with the course instructor (a maximum of 9 contact hours out of 36). accounting. What is "live instruction in a formal course of study offered through an alternate medium"? Answer: Live instruction in a formal course of study offered through an alternate medium are those courses in which you are not physically present at the location Page 27 . Up to one-quarter of the required hours may be completed via live instruction in a formal course of study offered through an alternate medium. but it does not appear to be in the category of pharmacology or ocular disease. Am I required to physically attend courses to meet the continuing education requirement? Answer: Yes. This may include ocular surgery as well as contact lens fitting. What courses can I take to meet my continuing education requirement? Answer: All courses taken to meet the continuing education requirement must be in appropriate subject areas offered by approved sponsors.nysed. 13. 15. Would this course count toward my CE requirement? Answer: Yes. statistics. If you are unsure whether a course you would like to take will meet the continuing education requirement. 591 or by e-mail at optombd@mail. and how to use the Internet are NOT ACCEPTABLE. What are appropriate subject areas? Answer: Appropriate subject areas include pharmacology and ocular disease. Continuing Education Courses and Acceptable Subject Areas 12. ext. I wanted to take a course relating to LASIK surgery. feel free to contact the Optometry Board by phone at 518-474-3817. 14. a course in ocular disease may include topics directly related to procedures with side-effects that may cause ocular disorders. Optometrists must complete at least three-quarters of their continuing education hours by physically attending courses at the location where the course is being presented (27 of the 36 contact hours required for a 3 year registration).gov.
If you are considering a course not offered by one of the providers in the above listing. ext. even if it is a live telecast. 89 Washington Avenue. feel free to contact the Optometry Board by phone at 518-474-3817. but you are able to interact with the instructor. please notify the provider that they may request an application for prior approval of their course by contacting the New York State Board for Optometry. Second Floor West. a course in which you and other practitioners discuss a taped presentation with a facilitator's assistance. Albany. To help facilitate the approval process.and continuing medical education (CME) approved by the American Medical Association. If you are unsure whether a sponsor offering a continuing education program is approved. For example: a telecourse or teleconference in which you and the instructor can speak directly with each other. NY 12234-1000.nysed. the Department has pre-approved the following sponsors of continuing education: o o o o o o accredited colleges of optometry. 591. a computerized course in which you are able to interact directly with the instructor. Page 28 .where the course is given. The American Optometric Association. The American Academy of Optometry.gov. state societies (but not chapters). Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) approved coursework. Continuing Education Sponsors 17. or by e-mail at optombd@mail. by fax at 518-473-6995. including those for which the licensee would complete and submit a test and televised lectures with no means of direct interaction. How do I know if a sponsor is approved? Answer: All sponsors of continuing education for New York State licensed optometrists must receive advanced approval from the New York State Education Department. Examples of activities not considered to be live coursework through alternate medium and therefore would not be acceptable include reading educational articles in journals.
All of these items are likely to be provided on a certificate of completion from the sponsor. 20. Do I have to send these continuing education records to the State Education Department's State Board for Optometry when I renew my registration? Answer: Not unless you are requested to do so by the Department. willful or grossly negligent failure to comply with substantial provisions of Federal. What if an audit reveals that I did not comply with the mandatory continuing education requirement? Answer: You may be subject to disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct. Each month. New York State Education Law requires that you submit evidence of completion at the time of your renewal. you will be required to submit documentation of your continuing education. 19. such evidence will consist of your certification on the registration renewal document that you have completed the required continuing education. a fine and/or suspension or revocation of your license to practice in New York State. State or local laws. In most instances. *For COPE approved courses. the COPE number may be used in lieu of the number of hours completed and sponsor's name.Recordkeeping. the date of the course. What records will I have to keep for the continuing education courses I attend? Answer: You are required to keep verification of attendance for each course you complete for at least 6 years from the date of completion. and verification by the sponsor of your attendance.1 of the Rules of the Board of Regents. the sponsor's name*. Page 29 . Reporting and Auditing 18. the location the course was taken. Penalties may include censure and reprimand. If you are selected for audit. a number of licensees will be selected randomly for audit of compliance with the continuing education requirements. rules or regulations governing the practice of the profession is unprofessional conduct. According to Section 29. Verification should include the following items: o o o o o o title of the course. number of hours completed*.
Page 30 . What if it is time for me to reregister and I have not completed the required number of continuing education hours? Answer: You may request that your certification to prescribe therapeutic pharmaceutical agents be suspended until you have met the requirement. Please visit this Web site periodically for current information regarding issues related to the practice of your profession. New York 12234-1000. telephone 518-474-3817 ext. certified by a physician or extended active duty with the armed forces of the United States. Contact for Further Information 22. 591. Albany. fax 518473-6995. please contact the Board office at the address below. Office of the Professions. Second Floor West.nysed. New York State Education Department. 89 Washington Avenue. What if I have questions or need further information? Answer: Contact the State Board for Optometry. If the reason for non-compliance is due to reasons of health. e-mail optombd@mail.Other Relevant Information 21.
nysed. and Psychoanalysts. 2005. Creative Arts Therapists. Education Law required certain individuals. are not required to include such training. Dental Hygienists. 1990 are not required to take additional training and are not required to receive a Certification form and submit documentation. Individuals in these professions. Podiatrists.http://www. this requirement applies to Mental Health Counselors. this requirement also applies to Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Master Social Workers. 1990. As of that date.htm List of Approved Training Providers . must provide documentation of having completed the coursework or training through a Department-approved course.gov/caproviders.gov/camemo. Optometrists. training received during residency does not satisfy the NYS training requirement. Students graduating from such programs on or after the effective dates are not required to take additional training and are not required to receive a Certificate form or submit documentation. Students graduating from such programs on or after September 1. Therefore. Psychologists. when applying initially for licensure or a limited permit to provide documentation of having completed two hours of coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. Dentists. Effective September 1.op. individuals in these professions.* *Programs registered by NYS that lead to licensure in these professions now are required to include training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. An individual who completes an out-of-state medical program unregistered by NYS who then receives training in a NYS residency program has not met the training requirement and must take additional training from an approved provider. This requirement applies to: Chiropractors.nysed. when applying initially for licensure or a limited permit. effective January 1. 2004. Physicians. or for the renewal of a New York State license or registration. or classroom teaching service must have completed the two hours of coursework or training. * Moreover. Page 31 . which are taken after receiving licensure. and classroom school teachers. The Law also includes this training among the requirements for certification or licensure of school administrators/supervisors. However. 1989. Marriage and Family Therapists.htm Effective January 1. All persons applying for a provisional or permanent certificate or license valid for administrative or supervisory service. and Registered Nurses. when applying initially for licensure or a limited permit must provide documentation of having completed the coursework or training through a Department-approved course. school service.Mandated Training Related to Child Abuse http://www. programs registered by NYS that lead to licensure or certification in one of the above areas affected by the legislation have been required to include training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. Since September 1. school service personnel.op. medical residency programs.
and who do not subsequently apply for additional classroom teaching service. Also. Certification of Exemption (form1ce. a permanent NYS certificate or full credentialing from the cities of Buffalo or New York. certification. fees will vary from provider to provider. administrative-supervisory service. If you wish further information about an exemption.pdf. 2nd Floor West Wing Albany. Page 32 . who reside in a residential care school or facility. Please note that some providers will be offering training that exceeds the two-hour minimum established in law. Within ten days of coursework completion. or you wish to request an exemption application. Additional questions may be addressed to the Office of Professional Education Program Review. You may wish to contact several providers before deciding on the offering that best meets your needs and schedule. 1990. To view or print it. New York 12234 Attn: Child Abuse Training Exemption. Choosing a Provider The list of providers is arranged alphabetically by city. Exemptions The law exempts from the training an individual who can document.Documentation Documentation in the form of an authorized Certification of Completion must be submitted to the State Education Department at the time of reregistration or initial application for licensure. You may be eligible for an exemption if the nature of your practice is such that you do not have professional contact with persons under the age of 18 years and you do not have contact with persons 18 years of age or older with a handicapping condition. or school service credential. that there is no need for the training based on the nature of his or her practice. the approved provider from whom you obtain the training is required to issue you two copies of the Certification form. you will need to have the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer. Download times and print quality will depend on your connection speed and printer. with an effective date no later than September 1. or a limited permit. 9K. please contact: The New York State Education Department Professional Education Program Review 89 Washington Avenue. 1 page) Note: This form is in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). to the satisfaction of the Department. Adobe Reader The law exempts from the training persons who possess.
you are automatically credited with having completed the initial requirement as part of your coursework. every four years according to Section 6505-b of the Education Law.gov/icproviders. physician assistants or specialist assistants write or call: Page 33 .gov/icmemo. The Department has approved course work for specific professional groups. including engineering and work controls to prevent the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis b virus (HBV) in the course of professional practice. fees. physician assistants. the six core elements jointly approved by the State Education Department and the Department of Health.Mandated Training Related to Infection Control http://www. podiatrists. Choosing a Provider You may choose a training provider that has been approved by either the State Education Department or the Department of Health. and specialist assistants must complete course work or training in accordance with Chapter 786 of the Laws of 1992 at the time of their initial licensure/registration and every four years thereafter. To obtain a list of course work providers approved by the Department of Health (DOH) or to contact the Department of Health regarding infection control for physicians.nysed. licensed practical nurses. This list of providers includes those organizations approved by the State Education Department as providers of training in infection control. They are required to cover. Dates. at a minimum. Please check with the provider to determine if the course they are offering is appropriate for your profession. some may offer a distance format. optometrists. dental hygienists. and course length may vary from provider to provider. and registered nurses must complete course work or training appropriate to their practice regarding infection control and barrier precautions. You must attest to having completed this requirement to the State Education Department on your first licensure/registration application and at every subsequent registration. All physicians. Providers must use the prescribed syllabus prepared by the Department.op. as some providers will offer training ONLY to certain professional groups.http://www.op. Although most providers will present the course work or training in a classroom setting.htm All dentists.nysed. If you have graduated from a New York State program in any of the affected professions after September 1. You must attest compliance to the State Education Department at the time of each registration. and are authorized to issue a Certification of Completion for each person completing the course work. 1993.htm List of Approved Training Providers .
please DO NOT submit this form to the Department of Health. If you are affiliated with a hospital. Physician Assistants and Specialist Assistants • • When you have completed the required coursework or training. to the satisfaction of the Department. • • Exemption You may be eligible for exemption from the training if you can document. You must attest compliance to the State Education Department at the time of each registration. that there is no need for the training based on the nature of your practice. Page 34 . Podiatrists and Registered Nurses • • • When you have completed the required coursework or training. Hospitals are required to verify completion of coursework prior to credentialing physicians who wish to be affiliated. NY 12220-0051 (518) 486-2938 DOH is responsible for approving course work offered by DOH-regulated health care facilities or offered by physician or physician/specialist assistant organizations. Instead. Physicians.New York State Department of Health Bureau of Communicable Disease Control P. keep the certificate in the event that you are required to submit it at a later date. Dental Hygienists. T You must attest to having completed this requirement to the State Education Department on the Form 1IC at your first licensure/registration application and at every subsequent registration. Please DO NOT submit this form to the State Education Department. Please keep a copy for your records. Documentation Dentists. Box 2051 Empire State Plaza Station Albany. Optometrists. the approved provider will give you a Certification of Completion.O. the approved provider will give you a Certification of Completion. It is also recommended that you file a copy with your hospital personnel office or hospital administrator. Instead. keep the certificate in the event that you are required to submit it at a later date. Licensed Practical Nurses. you must submit the Certificate of Completion to the Department of Health at the address above. If you are NOT affiliated with a hospital.
Upon resuming practice in New York State you will have 90 days to complete the training. It should be noted that professionals in these fields not currently practicing in New York State but holding active New York State licenses DO NOT need to complete the infection control course work at this time.nysed. Licensed Practical Nurses. at the address or phone number above for a Request for Exemption from Mandatory Infection Control Training on Nature of Professional Practice. Physicians.gov .Dentists. contact the Forms Management Unit by phone at (518) 474-3817 ext. To receive a copy of the Form IC. you should contact the Department of Health. Complete the form and return it to the Department of Health at the address on the form. Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. Physician Assistants and Specialist Assistants If you wish to apply for an exemption. 320 or email opforms@mail. Dental Hygienists. you should indicate that you wish to apply for an exemption on the Form 1IC and submit the completed form to the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions at the address on the form. Optometrists. Page 35 . or if you can satisfactorily document that you have completed course work in infection control within the past four years that included the minimum information required in the New York State approved syllabus. Podiatrists and Registered Nurses If you wish to apply for exemption based on the nature of your practice.
gov/optombroch. contact lenses. Optometrists are independent primary health care providers who examine. What can I expect to happen during an examination? Routine eye examinations performed by licensed optometrists typically include the following: Page 36 .Consumer Information http://www. See the Verifying a New York License section of this brochure for information about verifying additional certifications. diagnose. and low-vision rehabilitative devices Prescribe such things as prism lenses and eye exercises to correct eye-muscle imbalances Prescribe or administer drugs for the treatment of eye conditions (with additional State certification) When would I use the services of an optometrist? Eye pain. How do optometrists treat these conditions? Optometrists perform the following: • • • Prescribe.op. provide. redness. adapt. you may consult these practitioners about these less common conditions. treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system. Some New York optometrists hold an additional State certification to treat eye infections and other eye diseases. and fit corrective lenses. and visual and muscular irregularities as related to the human eye and adjacent tissue. optical deficiencies and deformities.htm What You Should Know About Optometrists and Their Services What is optometry? Optometry is the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Most of these problems can be treated by the prescribing of eye drops or corrective lenses. blurred vision.nysed. and complaints such as headaches or eyestrain after visual tasks are common reasons individuals seek the services of an optometrist.
Professional associations may also provide the names of their members who Page 37 . statistics and epidemiology. What credentials do New York licensed optometrists have? New York licensed optometrists have completed a four-year postgraduate program of classroom and clinical training that resulted in the doctor of optometry (O. it allows your optometrist to view the back of your eye. biology. Is there a usual age for a child to get his or her first eye exam? Your baby's eyes should be examined for signs of congenital eye problems. The ophthalmoscope. construction. A more comprehensive examination should be performed when the child is three years of age. and physics. for example. but early diagnosis and treatment are important to your child's development. application and fitting. children should have their first thorough eye exam at six months of age to determine if there are any visual problems. biochemistry. is the instrument most patients are familiar with. as well as extensive training in lens design.D. New York State licensed optometrists have also passed an intensive three-part examination. among other things. organic chemistry. Unusual signs or symptoms should prompt earlier and more frequent evaluations. These are rare. evaluate the health of various parts of the eye. Optometric education also includes studies in human anatomy.• • • • • • taking of a medical history testing for eye muscle coordination testing for ocular related neurological deficits (pupil testing) testing for the best possible visual correction (refraction) internal evaluation of the eye with the use of diagnostic drugs visual fields testing as indicated Optometric offices have instruments which. general pharmacology. sensor and perceptual psychology. including a practical or "hands-on" examination. How do I locate an optometrist? The most reliable information may be a recommendation from a satisfied friend or relative. and again before the child begins school. Most practitioners have also completed an undergraduate degree with an emphasis in chemistry. general pathology. Optometry programs include advanced studies in optics (the science of light and vision) and the human visual system. Generally.) degree.
including your prescription. You may be charged a reasonable fee to offset the cost of providing copies. Page 38 . What questions should individuals with disabilities ask about accessing services? Ask such questions as whether the service location is physically accessible (curb cuts. how much they cost.practice in your area. Ask your professional about exceptions to this.org. etc. To help your professional relationship with your optometrist you should: • • • Ask any questions you have about diagnoses and treatments. Be aware of what services are being provided. By using the “Find a Doctor” feature on the front page you will be able to find an Optometrist in your area. If you want a copy of your records. provide your optometrist with a written request. diploma. Optometrists must keep patient records for six years or until the patient turns 22. You may visit the New York State Optometric Association website at www. licenses from other states. whichever is longer.) as well as whether there is a Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) and parking for people with disabilities. What records does my optometrist maintain. schedule enough time to have all of your questions answered. your records are confidential unless you approve their release. and membership certificates. this certificate lists the professional's name. You may verify an individual's license and registration on this site. address.NYSOA. Licensees must reregister every three years to practice in New York. and dates of the registration period. Ask about the effects and adjustments you might need to make as a result of a change in your prescription or the administration of eye drops used in examinations and treatments. restrooms. Verifying a New York license: New York optometrists must display a current New York registration certificate. Generally. Some professionals also display their original New York license. can anyone else get them? Your optometrist keeps a record of examination findings. and what follow-up services may be required. The State Board for Optometry cannot refer you to a practitioner. You may also check under "Optometrists" in the yellow pages. ramps.
social security number. You may also contact: NY State Education Department Office of the Professions Division of Professional Licensing Services Optometry Unit 89 Washington Avenue Albany.gov/optomcontact. date of birth.op.nysed.htm License Application Status | Education Credentials from Non-approved Programs | Licensing Examination | Practice Issues and Continuing Education | Professional Misconduct and Discipline | General Customer Service License Application Status Find the status of your license application by checking our online license verifications. Education Credentials from Non-approved Programs If you have questions about acceptable documentation to verify education completed outside the U.S.gov Please provide your name. New York 12234-1000 Phone: 518-474-3817 ext. and the name of the profession in any correspondence.nysed. contact: NY State Education Department Office of the Professions Bureau of Comparative Education 89 Washington Avenue Albany.nysed.Contact Information http://www. your name will be added immediately when your license number is issued. 300 Fax: 518-486-2966 E-mail: comped@mail. New York 12234-1000 Phone: 518-474-3817 ext.gov Page 39 . 250 Fax: 518-402-5354 E-mail: opunit1@mail. or in non-approved programs.
optometry.gov Professional Misconduct and Discipline This site contains information concerning professional misconduct. NC 28202 Phone: 704-332-9565 or toll free 800-969-EXAM (3926) Fax: 704-332-9568 Email: nbeo@optometry.Licensing Examination Licensing examinations for optometrists are administered by: National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) 200 S. Eastern time.nysed. Monday through Friday. excluding holidays. including how to file a complaint and search for disciplinary actions taken against licensees.nysed.gov Page 40 .org Website: www. New York 12234-1000 Phone: 518-474-3817 TDD/TTY: 518-473-1426 Fax: 518-474-1449 E-mail: email@example.com Practice Issues and Continuing Education For answers to questions concerning practice issues or continuing education requirements. and hear automated messages 24 hours a day. #1920 Charlotte. NY State Education Department Office of the Professions 89 Washington Avenue Albany. General Customer Service The Office of the Professions has an automated customer service system that allows callers to verify licenses. New York 12234-1000 Phone: 518-474-3817 ext. Staff are available from 8:30am to 4:45 pm. College Street. contact: NY State Education Department Office of the Professions State Board for Optometry 89 Washington Avenue Albany. request information. 591 Fax: 518-473-6995 E-mail: optombd@mail.
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