Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing Education Requirements

Section 327:33

 327:33 Continuing Education Courses Required for Non-Pharmaceutical Certification. – All optometrists licensed in this state shall be required to take annual courses of study in subjects relating to the practice of the profession of optometry. The length of study shall be prescribed by the board, with a minimum of 15 hours in a calendar year. Attendance must be at a course approved by the board. The board shall be allowed to waive in whole or in part this study requirement in cases of certified illness or undue hardship.

Source. 1973, 333:2. 1999, 197:19, eff. Jan. 1, 2000.

Section 327:33-a

    327:33-a Continuing Education Courses Required for Pharmaceutical and Glaucoma Certification. –
I. An optometrist certified to use pharmaceutical agents in the practice of optometry shall complete a minimum of 50 hours of continuing education every year in order to maintain pharmaceutical certification. A minimum of 20 hours shall be by participation in formal courses and the remainder by independent study. Each optometrist shall report continuing education hours to the board annually in accordance with rules adopted by the board for the implementation of this section. Such continuing education courses and activities shall satisfy the requirements of RSA 327:33.
II. An optometrist certified to treat glaucoma shall complete a minimum of 10 of the required hours in glaucoma specific education. A minimum of 7 hours shall be by participation in formal courses and 3 hours may be by independent study.

Source. 1993, 333:11. 1999, 197:19. 2002, 274:4, eff. July 17, 2002.