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            :   (CLEARINGHOUSE RULE 18-021)
An order of the Optometry Examining Board to repeal Opt 8.02 (4), (8), (9) and (10); to amend Opt 8.02 (1), (2), and (3); to repeal and recreate Opt 8.03 and 8.03 (Note); and to create Opt 8.01 (4), Opt 8.02 (1m), (3e), (3m), and (3s), relating to continuing education.
Analysis prepared by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Statutes interpreted: s. 449.06 (2m), Stats.
Statutory authority: ss. 15.08 (5) (b) and 449.06 (2m), Stats.
Explanation of agency authority:
Section 15.08 (5) (b), Stats., provides examining boards, “shall promulgate rules for its own guidance and for the guidance of the trade or profession to which it pertains…”
Section 449.06 (2m), Stats., provides that “the examining board shall promulgate rules requiring a person who is issued a license to practice optometry to complete, during the 2 year period immediately preceding the renewal date specified in s. 440.08 (2) (a), not less than 30 hours of continuing education
Related statute or rule:
Plain language analysis:
Section 1 adds a definition of “hour” to clarify how to calculate continuing education events for the purposes of this chapter.
Section 2 modifies the designated continuing education topics from 7 hours of glaucoma education to 20 of the 30 hours relating to ocular health, conditions, or disease management. This change expands the subject matter designation on the available topics of continuing education for licencees.
Section 3 requires that licensees obtain two hours of continuing education related to responsible prescribing of controlled substances for the 2019/2021 biennium.
Section 4 clarifies that licensees who are not authorized to use diagnostic and therapeutic agents may not use continuing education courses on the removal of superficial foreign bodies from an eye or from an appendage to the eye to satisfy the minimum of 20 of 30 continuing education hours on ocular health, conditions, or disease management requirement.
Section 5 creates three new sections for Opt 8.02. Section Opt 8.02 (3e) provides that at least 20 hours must be completed in person, allowing for an increase from the previous rule to 10 hours which may be completed by alternative methods. Any course which is not in person must be approved by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE), Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education, or by the Board. Section Opt 8.02 (3m) allows for additional hours to be completed by methods other than in person for cases of hardship. Section Opt 8.02 (3s) provides a clearer standard of what continuing education is required for a new licensee’s first renewal.
Section 6 repeals provisions relating to topics which have been clarified by new provisions in this rule project. The revision in Section 2 eliminates the need for Section Opt 8.02 (4). Section Opt 8.02 (3s) simplifies the repealed Section Opt 8.02 (8), which required licensees who are licensed in the middle of a biennium to prorate their continuing education. Lastly, Sections Opt 8.02 (9) and (10), related to alternative delivery methods are repealed as the topic is now addressed in Section Opt 8.02 (3e).
Section 7 lists the organizations which provide approved continuing education. If a continuing education course is provided by an organization not on the approved list then the organization can apply for approval by supplying the listed information. The provider also agrees to provide a certificate of attendance to each participant. A Note is included with information on how to obtain the form referenced in Opt 8.03 (2).
Summary of, and comparison with, existing or proposed federal regulation:
Comparison with rules in adjacent states:
Illinois: Illinois requires 30 hours of continuing education every two years. At least 12 hours of credit shall be certified by an approved optometry college, osteopathic or medical college, or pharmacy college. The remaining continuing education may be earned through papers published, teaching students at an optometry school, and self-instruction or video teleconferencing that is sponsored by any approved optometry college, institution or national or state optometry association. A program sponsor requesting approval shall submit an application with a list of all courses and programs offered, including a description, location, date, and time the course is offered. There are no specific continuing education requirements on prescribing controlled substances.
Iowa: Iowa requires 50 hours of continuing education every two years. Only 10 hours of credit is allowed for correspondence or local study group programs. There is also a limit on the number of credit hours in the following topics: practice management courses (limit of 6 hours); dependent adult abuse and child abuse identification (limit of 2 hours) and postgraduate study courses (limit of 20 hours). Continuing education may be taken through programs sponsored by COPE, associations, and optometry schools. There are no specific continuing education requirements on prescribing controlled substances.
Michigan: Michigan requires 40 hours of continuing education every two years. A licensee who holds a certification to administer topic ocular diagnostic pharmaceutical agents or certification to administer and prescribe therapeutic pharmaceutical agents or both shall complete 20 hours of board approved continuing education in pharmacological management of ocular conditions. Approved continuing education includes courses approved by COPE or other continuing education programs that are approved by the Board. A program sponsor requesting approval shall submit an application with the clinical optometry program content, instructor credentials, description of delivery method and of physical facilities used, number of lecture hours on the content, and attendance monitoring plan. Beginning with the 2018 renewal cycle, and all renewal cycles thereafter, licensees are required to complete 2 hours of board approved continuing education in pain and symptom management.
Minnesota: Minnesota requires 40 continuing education credits every two years. Licensees may acquire up to 15 hours through home study, up to 6 hours on practice management, and up to 7 by providing medical eye care and eyeglasses helping underserved people. Licensees may also obtain continuing education credits for presentation of a lecture or for preparation of articles or books accepted for publication. A program sponsor requesting approval from the Board must submit a program, schedule and course description to the Board. There are no specific continuing education requirements on prescribing controlled substances. However, the Board may, when compelled by an emerging public health issue, require all optometrists to attend specified subjects of continuing education for a biennium.
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