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.

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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
10 hours
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
Total 50

Continuing education hours of credit may be obtained by attending:

  1. 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;
  2. Postgraduate study through an accredited school or college of optometry;
  3. 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
  4. Beginning with the July 1, 2006, biennium, therapeutic licensees who provide proof of current CELMO certification meet continuing education requirements for the biennium.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the continuing education requirements to renew my license in Iowa?

As an Optometrist licensed in Iowa, you are required to receive 50 hours of CE in a renewal period. Within those 16 hours, you are required to have:

  • 40 hours of CE from COPE Category B (Ocular Disease and Management) and COPE Category C (Related Systemic Disease) with a minimum of 14 hours in each category
  • 10 additional hours required from any of the COPE Categories of A (Clinical Optometry), B, C and D (Optometric Business Management). Hours obtained in Category D may not exceed 6 hours of the total continuing education hours’ requirement.
  • 1 - 2 hours of CE regarding guidelines for prescribing opioids.
  • Up to 2 hours of CE regarding dependent adult abuse and child abuse identification.
When do I have to renew my Optometrist license in Iowa?

The Iowa Board of Optometry requires that you renew your every 2 years (on even numbered years), by June 30th.

How many hours of CE can Optometrists from Iwoa take online?

In Iowa, Optometrists can have 10 hours of CE from online sources.

Does Iowa accept COPE-approved CE?

Iowa accepts COPE-approved CE, which includes all CE courses provided by Optocase.

Document last modified: 2020-06-23


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