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10.28.02.00.htm 10.28.02.00. Title 10 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE Subtitle 28 BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY Chapter 02 Continuing Education Requirements Authority: Health Occupations Article, §11-205, 11-308(c) and 11-309, Annotated Code of Maryland
10.28.02.01.htm 10.28.02.01. 01 Scope.. This regulation governs all optometrists licensed to practice in the State of Maryland..
10.28.02.02.htm 10.28.02.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) means the committee of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, which acts as a national clearinghouse for continuing education courses of a state-wide, regional, or national scope.2) "Credit hour" means participation in 1 hour of education.. 3) "Pro bono work" means work provided in Maryland
10.28.02.03.htm 10.28.02.03. 03 Registration Renewal.. A. A licensee shall submit a signed form attesting to the licensee's completion of the required credit hours at the time of license renewal.B. A licensee shall retain supporting documents for inspection by the Board for 4 years after the date of renewal.C. If a licensee submits the renewal form after the deadline, the Board shall:. 1) Assess a late fee; and. 2) Audit the licensee.. D. Failure to meet continuing education requirements or failure to substant
10.28.02.04.htm 10.28.02.04. 04 Continuing Education Audit Procedure.. A. At the time of renewal, the Board shall audit randomly 20 percent of the renewal applications.. B. The Board shall send notification of audit to licensees to be audited.. C. The licensee being audited shall submit to the Board, within 60 days, a report of the continuing education hours required for renewal on a form approved by the Board, along with the appropriate documentation.
10.28.02.05.htm 10.28.02.05. 05 Course Credit.. A. Credit for continuing professional education will be approved by the Board solely on whether or not it constitutes improvement, advancement, and extension of one's professional skill and knowledge relating to the practice of optometry.B. Credit may be approved for the following:. 1) Scheduled post-graduate or continuing education courses given by schools or colleges of optometry which have been approved by the Board;2) Courses that have rece
10.28.02.06.htm 10.28.02.06. 06 Proof of Education.. A. Each optometrist is responsible for obtaining proof of hour credits and maintaining this documentation for inspection by the Board for 4 years after the date of renewal.B. To obtain credit, one's participation shall be attested to in writing by someone in charge of the program.C. Failure to do so shall be grounds for nonrenewal of the license..
10.28.02.07.htm 10.28.02.07. 07 Change of Annual Requirements of Number of Hours.. The Board of Examiners, by majority voice, may change the number of required hours of continuing education, not to exceed 50 hours every 2 years. Each optometrist shall be notified of any change at the time of the renewal of the optometrist's license. The change is effective for the year following that renewal.
10.28.02.08.htm 10.28.02.08. 08 Severability.. If any provision of these regulations or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, this invalidity may not affect other provisions or applications of these regulations which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end, the provisions of these regulations are declared severable.
10.28.02.9999.htm 10.28.02.9999. Administrative History Effective date: September 9, 1974. Regulation .04 amended effective June 6, 1983 (10:11 Md. R. 975). Regulation .04F adopted effective December 3, 1984 (11:24 Md. R. 2069) ―. Chapter revised effective April 8, 1996 (23:7 Md. R. 552). Regulation .02 amended effective October 19, 2009 (36:21 Md. R. 1591). Regulation .04 amended effective October 19, 2009 (36:21 Md. R. 1591). Regulation .05 amended effective March 26, 2007 (34:6 Md. R. 627) October 1
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