Review this section for updated information on the requirements for self-study credit and the post-examination requirement.
Indiana Optometry licenses and Legend Drug Certificates expire on April 1 of even-numbered years. The next renewal deadline is April 1, 2022. Twenty (20) hours of continuing education is required for renewal of an optometry license. An additional twenty (20) hours of continuing education is required for renewal of an optometric legend drug certificate.
As part of the twenty (20) hour licensure requirement, optometrists are required to complete two (2) hours of continuing education in any of the following areas:
- Medical charting.
- Billing and coding.
- Health care compliance.
- Compliance with federal or Indiana state laws or regulations.
Courses that are approved by the Indiana Optometry Board (IOB) or COPE for jurisprudence and medical record keeping will be accepted under this section. Practice management courses are not eligible for continuing education credit. Indiana law does not require courses to be COPE approved in order to count for continuing education credit.
All online CE is considered self-study under the rules of the Indiana Optometry Board.
Any qualified self-study continuing education (CE) hours obtained while Indiana is under the public health emergency may be applied toward the 40-hour requirement for the licensure period ending on April 1, 2022. The Indiana Optometry Board (IOB) clarified its waiver of the 8-hour limit on November 4, 2020. The IOB also voted to request a waiver of the post-examination requirement from Governor Holcomb. The post examination requirement for self-study hours remains in place until a waiver on the exam requirement is approved by the Governor. IOA will notify members if the additional waiver is granted.
Under Indiana law, self-study includes live streamed and static online CE courses. To be qualified, CE must be sponsored by an approved organization, such as IOA, COPE, a university, or the program must be specifically approved by the Indiana Optometry Board.
Please note that the IOA does not seek COPE approval of online courses or live seminars.