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.
IOB rules limit self-study credit for the optometry license and the optometric legend drug certificate to 8 hours over the two-year license period. COPE classification of online continuing education as live does not supersede the IOB’s rules. Under the IOB rules, online continuing education advertised as LIVE CE does not qualify as in-person CE. This is true even if COPE has approved the online course as “live CE”. This type of continuing education is considered self-study by the IOB and requires a post-test to be eligible for credit.
Please note that the IOA does not seek COPE approval of online courses or live seminars.