New Mexico

Optometry Licensing and CE Requirements for 2020

Source: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Optometry_Requirements_and_Continuing_Education.aspx

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When is my continuing education (CE) deadline in New Mexico?

As an Optometrist in New Mexico, you must complete and submit all of your CE requirements before you apply for your license renewal. You must renew your license every year by June 30th.

What are my continuing education (CE) requirements in New Mexico?

Before renewing your optometry license, you are required to complete 22 hours of approved CE in total. Within those hours, you must have a specific number of hours covering topics such as clinical or ocular therapeutic pharmacology, and pain management or related topics. For more details, please refer to our table below.

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Clinical or ocular therapeutic pharmacology 10 hour
Pain management or related topic 1 hour
Internet-Type courses Up to 6 hours
Total 22
Notes

Continuing education hours of credit may be obtained by attending:

  1. Pain management or related topic: least one (1) of the twenty-two (22) hours of continuing education must be in a board approved course in pain management or related topic pursuant to 16.16.25.11 NMAC.  This requirement shall begin with the 2015 renewal period beginning July 2, 2014.
  2.  For optometrists on inactive status holding ocular therapeutics certification, a minimum of ten (10) hours of continuing education in a board approved program in clinical or ocular therapeutic pharmacology is required.
  3. The continuing education must have been taken within the preceding renewal period (i.e. July 2 of one year through June 30 of the next).
  4. A license will be placed on expired status if the licensee fails to meet the continuing education requirements for renewal by the expiration date stated in this rule.
  5. Newly licensed optometrists who graduated from optometry school within the same year of licensure may submit the completed curriculum of their last year of optometry school to meet their continuing education requirement the first year of renewal.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

As an Optometrist licensed in New Mexico, you are required to receive 22 hours of CE in a renewal period. Within those 22 hours, you are required to have:

  • 10 hours of CE in a board approved program in clinical or ocular therapeutic pharmacology.
  • 1 hour of CE must be in a board approved course in pain management or related topic.
When do I have to renew my Optometrist license in New Mexico?

The New Mexico Board of Optometry requires that you renew your license yearly, by June 30th.

How many hours of CE can Optometrists from New Mexico take online?

In New Mexico, Optometrists can have 6 hours of CE from online sources.

Does New Mexico accept COPE-approved CE?

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

Document last modified: 2020-06-24

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