Optometry Licensing and CE Requirements for 2020
When is my continuing education (CE) deadline in Iowa?
As an Optometrist in Iowa, you must complete and submit all of your CE requirements before you apply for your license renewal. You must renew your license every 2 years (on even numbered years) by June 30th. The next license renewal period ends June 30th, 2020.
What are my continuing education (CE) requirements in Iowa?
Before renewing your optometry license, you are required to complete 50 hours of approved CE in total. Within those hours, you must have a specific number of hours covering topics such as the diagnosis or treatment of ocular disease, professional responsibility, and human trafficking. For more details, please refer to our table below.
|COPE Category B
COPE Category C
|40 hours total
Minimum of 14 hours in each category
|COPE Category A
COPE Category B
COPE Category C
COPE Category D
Category D may not exceed 6 hours
|Guidelines for prescribing opioids||1 hour minimum, up to 2 hours|
|Dependent adult abuse and child abuse identification||Up to 2 hours|
|Local study group programs||Up to 10 hours|
|Correspondance Courses||Up to 10 hours|
Continuing education hours of credit may be obtained by attending:
- The continuing education programs of the Iowa Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, and national regional optometric congresses, schools of optometry, allstate optometric associations, and the department of ophthalmology of the school of medicine of the University of Iowa;
- Postgraduate study through an accredited school or college of optometry;
- Meetings or seminars that are approved and certified for optometric continuing education by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry’s Council on Optometric Practitioner Education Committee (COPE); or
- Beginning with the July 1, 2006, biennium, therapeutic licensees who provide proof of current CELMO certification meet continuing education requirements for the biennium.