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            :   (CLEARINGHOUSE RULE 19-026)
An order of the Optometry Examining Board to repeal Opt 4.01 (Note), Opt 4.02 (1) (c) (Note 1) and (Note 2), Opt 4.02 (1) (d) (Note), and Opt 4.03 (Note); amend Opt 4.01 (1), Opt 4.01 (2), Opt 4.01 (6), Opt 4.02 (2), and Opt 4.03 (2) (a) and (b); repeal and recreate Opt 4.02 (1) (d) and Opt 4.02 (1) (e) (Note); and create Opt 4.02 (3), relating to licensure by endorsement.
Analysis prepared by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Statutes interpreted: s. 449.055, Stats.
Statutory authority: ss. 15.08 (5) (b) and 227.11 (2) (a), Stats.
Explanation of agency authority:
Section 15.08 (5) (b), Stats., states that the examining board, “shall promulgate rules for its own guidance and for the guidance of the trade or profession to which it pertains, and define and enforce professional conduct and unethical practices not inconsistent with the law relating to the particular trade or profession.”
Section 227.11 (2) (a), Stats., sets forth the parameters of an agency’s rule-making authority, stating an agency, “may promulgate rules interpreting the provisions of any statute enforced or administered by the agency, if the agency considers it necessary to effectuate the purpose of the statute”.
Related statute or rule:
s. 449.04, Stats., and Opt 3, relating to Licensure
Plain language analysis:
In order to clarify licensure by endorsement, this rule revision:
- Inserts cross-references into s. Opt 4.02 for relevant statutes to implement 2017 Act 278, which made various changes to the circumstances under which a licensing agency may base its decisions on an individual’s criminal history.
- Removes unnecessary notes.
- Simplifies the program approval process. The Board recognizes that programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education are approved for Wisconsin licensees. In order to prevent delays in the process of recognizing accredited programs, the Board is amending chapter Opt 4 to conform with chapter Opt 3 and remove the annual review of accredited programs.
Summary of, and comparison with, existing or proposed federal regulation:
Comparison with rules in adjacent states:
For licensure by endorsement, an applicant must submit proof of graduation from an accredited program, or a program recommended by the Illinois Optometric Licensing and Disciplinary Board to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation-Division of Professional Regulation for approval. The applicant may also be required to submit proof of five or ten years of practice, depending on when they graduated; education or practice related to pharmaceutical agents, depending on when they graduated; and proof of passage of Parts I, II, and III, including the TMOD, of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry exam. The Board may waive examination requirements after consideration of additional evidence of education, training, and experience.
For licensure by endorsement, an applicant must have been licensed in another jurisdiction for three years. This requirement may be waived under specific circumstances. The application must include a transcript from an accredited program, successful completion of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry exam in effect at the time of initial licensure, and verification from other jurisdictions of any disciplinary action taken against the licensee. Additionally, the application must provide information of any civil litigation relating to the practice of optometry. If an applicant is certified by the Council on Endorsed Licensure Mobility for Optometrists (CELMO), then the applicant has fulfilled the education requirement. If an applicant is not CELMO certified, the Board will review the transcript to determine if the education meets specific requirements as outlined in rule.
For licensure by endorsement, an applicant must have graduated from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and successfully completed an examination that assesses the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular diseases with pharmaceutical agents. The applicant must submit proof of license in another jurisdiction with any disciplinary action imposed or pending; achieve a minimum score of 75 on Michigan’s laws and rules related to optometry; and certification to use therapeutic pharmaceutical agents.
For licensure by endorsement, an applicant must have been licensed in another jurisdiction for three years. The applicant must have graduated from a board approved school or college of optometry, pass the required exams of the state where licensed, successfully pass an exam on Minnesota laws, be in good standing both with continuing education requirements and other license requirements. Additionally, the applicant must meet the requirements to prescribe legend drugs, including having completed education, experience, and exam requirements, in accordance with s. 148.575, MN Stats. The applicant may use CELMO documentation to verify these requirements.
Summary of factual data and analytical methodologies:
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