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and Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) examination, and the Georgia State Jurisprudence examination administered by the Georgia State Board of Optometry or the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. In addition, after July, 1994, all candidates must have completed all requirements for therapeutic certification before making application to take the Jurisprudence examination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.01(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All candidates' application must be received 45 days prior to the examination date and must include the following documents: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.01(2)a.">a.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> official transcripts of all optometric college credits;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.01(2)b.">b.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> certified scores of IAB "Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease" (TMOD);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.01(2)c.">c.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> certified scores of Parts I, II, and III of the National Boards.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/430-2-.02" name="430-2-.02" title="430-2-.02">Rule 430-2-.02 Refusal, Suspension, Revocation of a License to Practice</a></h2> <P>The Board shall refuse to issue its license to practice and may suspend or revoke its license to practice issued to any person who is not of good moral character, or who commits an act involving moral turpitude, or who is guilty of highly unprofessional conduct, or whose certificate was issued through error, fraud, or perjury.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/430-2-.03" name="430-2-.03" title="430-2-.03">Rule 430-2-.03 Address Changes</a></h2> <P>Each licensed optometrist shall maintain his/her current mailing address with the Board. Address changes may be submitted in writing to the Board, or license holders may update their mailing and physical addresses online at the PLB website, <a class="LinkOut" href="http://www.sos.ga.gov/plb" target="_blank">www.sos.ga.gov/plb</a>. A current e-mail address is required and may also be updated from this site.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/430-2-.04" name="430-2-.04" title="430-2-.04">Rule 430-2-.04 [Effective until 8/29/2019]Continuing Education Requirements; Approval of Education Programs</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board has pre-approved continuing education (post-graduate) courses from schools and colleges of optometry accredited by the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association; a maximum of ten (10) hours per biennium in ophthalmologic related courses taught by the Medical College of Georgia, Emory University, Mercer University and Morehouse College; any courses offered by the American Optometric Association or its regional or state affiliates; the Society of Professional Optometrists of Georgia; the SECO International, LLC, the Council on Optometric Practice Education (C.O.P.E.) and any courses approved by C.O.P.E.; American Board of Optometry and American Academy of Optometry. All preapproved continuing education providers must give notification of their courses on a timely basis to all Georgia Optometrists. Any other individual or organization desiring Board approval of an educational program sponsored by the individual or organization, or particular segments of such a program shall submit a request for approval to the State Board of Optometry, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217, not later than thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled date of such program. Each administrator of continuing education credit that gives credit to more than five doctors at any single event shall register all attendees and credits with the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry- OE Tracker Program. The Board will act on such request within thirty (30) days after receipt of the request for approval. Any request for Board approval of an educational program must include the following information: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The identity of the sponsor, including: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name and address of the sponsoring individual(s) or organization and a description of any organizational form (e.g., unincorporated association, non-profit corporation, etc.) and the date of organization;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name and address of the principal officers of the sponsor. </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description of the program, including: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> With respect to each course for which approval is sought: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the name and address of the instructor;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the title of the course;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a brief biographical sketch of the instructor including a detailed description (curriculum vitae) of his/her academic qualifications and a listing of prior publications including published speeches, which relates to the subject matter of the course;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> an outline of the proposed content;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the number of hours for which approval is requested, including a specification of those hours relating to practice management.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The scheduled time and place of the course;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description of the method by which course attendance is to be monitored;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The amount of any registration fee, tuition or other charge for attendance, including a statement of any difference in such charges, which depend on membership in the sponsoring organization;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A sample of any advertisement or announcement intended to be employed concerning the program.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such additional information as the Board may request in the course of its deliberations concerning the application for approval.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following course content will not satisfy the continuing education requirement: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Courses dealing with social and health trends;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any course unrelated to or not designed to enhance the professional skill of the practitioner;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Courses conducted by any individual who is the owner of or is directly connected with any optical wholesale concern unless approved by the Board.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> CPR.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A doctor of optometry is expected to ascertain in advance that the courses, which he/she attends, have received prior Board approval and do not fall within the exceptions of sub-part (2).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Board approval of any educational program under this section relates to the program as proposed to the Board. In the event the actual program does not substantively correspond to the proposed program approved by the Board, the board will not give credit for that program under Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=43-30-8&amp;title=43#" target="_newtab">43-30-8</a>. The Board will not consider for approval the program as modified.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Minimum hours required. The Board requires a minimum of 36 hours of attendance at Board-approved continuing education programs. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Those licensed in the first year of the biennium will be required to obtain eighteen (18) hours of continuing education. This requirement applies regardless of when you establish practice in Georgia. Licensees practicing in Georgia shall obtain one (1) hour biennially of CE in ethics and Georgia laws and rules. All CE on ethics and Georgia laws and rules must be prior approved by the Board. Georgia licensed optometrists that are not practicing within the state are not required to earn the one hour of ethics and Georgia laws and rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Those licensed in the second year of the biennium are not required to obtain continuing education in that biennium.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> New licensees are required to obtain 36 hours per biennium beginning in the third calendar year of licensure.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If required to obtain CE hours, all licensees shall obtain one (1) hour of Board-approved continuing education in ethics and Georgia laws and rules. A maximum of one (1) hour per biennium will be allowed as continuing education credit in this area. Georgia licensed optometrists not practicing in Georgia are exempt from acquiring the one (1) hour of CE in ethics and Georgia laws and rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A maximum of eight (8) hours per biennium will be allowed as continuing education credit for grand rounds. One (1) hour credit will be allowed for every two (2) hours spent in grand rounds.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A maximum of ten (10) hours of continuing education credit will be allowed per biennium for any coursework that is offered by correspondence or electronic medium, which coursework is approved or sponsored by any provider identified in paragraph (1) of this rule.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A maximum of ten (10) hours of continuing education credit will be allowed per biennium for practice management course work, as long as it is patient care related.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Effective January 1, 2006, of the thirty-six (36) required hours, a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education per biennium is required for pharmacology and pathology courses as related to ophthalmologic conditions.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reporting and Auditing. The method of reporting and auditing continuing education shall be: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At the time of license renewal, each Optometrist shall certify to the Board that he/she has completed the continuing education required for license renewal. The preferred method of tracking continuing education is through the ARBO OE-Tracker system and the licensee is encouraged to verify that all course work has been posted to OE-Tracker. If the licensee chooses to not participate in the OE-Tracker system and if all of his/her education credits are not posted therein, the licensee may be required to submit paper records via email or FAX directly to the board in order to demonstrate compliance with the required continuing education hours.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board shall audit the continuing education of a percentage of licensees for compliance with all rules and regulations. Such audits will be completed after the license renewal date and will cover course work completed during the just-completed biennium.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each licensed Optometrist shall maintain records of attendance and supporting documents for continuing education for a period of three (3) years from the date of attendance.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Deferral of the requirement for education program hours may be considered by the Board. Requests for deferral must be submitted to the Board in writing and should include complete documentation of the reasons for the request. Deferral will be considered for the following reasons: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> certified illness; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> hardship.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/430-2-.04v2" name="430-2-.04" title="430-2-.04">Rule 430-2-.04 [Effective 8/29/2019]Continuing Education Requirements; Approval of Education Programs</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board has pre-approved continuing education (post-graduate) courses from schools and colleges of optometry accredited by the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association; a maximum of ten (10) hours per biennium in ophthalmologic related courses taught by the Medical College of Georgia, Emory University, Mercer University and Morehouse College; any courses offered by the American Optometric Association or its regional or state affiliates; the Society of Professional Optometrists of Georgia; the SECO International, LLC, the Council on Optometric Practice Education (C.O.P.E.) and any courses approved by C.O.P.E.; American Board of Optometry and American Academy of Optometry. All preapproved continuing education providers must give notification of their courses on a timely basis to all Georgia Optometrists. Any other individual or organization desiring Board approval of an educational program sponsored by the individual or organization, or particular segments of such a program shall submit a request for approval to the State Board of Optometry, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217, not later than thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled date of such program. Each administrator of continuing education credit that gives credit to more than five doctors at any single event shall register all attendees and credits with the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry- OE Tracker Program. The Board will act on such request within thirty (30) days after receipt of the request for approval. Any request for Board approval of an educational program must include the following information: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The identity of the sponsor, including: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name and address of the sponsoring individual(s) or organization and a description of any organizational form (e.g., unincorporated association, non-profit corporation, etc.) and the date of organization;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name and address of the principal officers of the sponsor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description of the program, including: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> With respect to each course for which approval is sought: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the name and address of the instructor;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the title of the course;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a brief biographical sketch of the instructor including a detailed description (curriculum vitae) of his/her academic qualifications and a listing of prior publications including published speeches, which relates to the subject matter of the course;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> an outline of the proposed content;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)1.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the number of hours for which approval is requested, including a specification of those hours relating to practice management.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The scheduled time and place of the course;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description of the method by which course attendance is to be monitored;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The amount of any registration fee, tuition or other charge for attendance, including a statement of any difference in such charges, which depend on membership in the sponsoring organization;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A sample of any advertisement or announcement intended to be employed concerning the program.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such additional information as the Board may request in the course of its deliberations concerning the application for approval.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following course content will not satisfy the continuing education requirement: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Courses dealing with social and health trends;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any course unrelated to or not designed to enhance the professional skill of the practitioner;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Courses conducted by any individual who is the owner of or is directly connected with any optical wholesale concern unless approved by the Board.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> CPR.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A doctor of optometry is expected to ascertain in advance that the courses, which he/she attends, have received prior Board approval and do not fall within the exceptions of sub-part (2).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Board approval of any educational program under this section relates to the program as proposed to the Board. In the event the actual program does not substantively correspond to the proposed program approved by the Board, the board will not give credit for that program under Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=43-30-8&amp;title=43#" target="_newtab">43-30-8</a>. The Board will not consider for approval the program as modified.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Minimum hours required. The Board requires a minimum of 36 hours of attendance at Board-approved continuing education programs. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Those licensed in the first year of the biennium will be required to obtain eighteen (18) hours of continuing education. This requirement applies regardless of when you establish practice in Georgia. Licensees in this category shall obtain one (1) hour of CE in Georgia laws and rules. This one (1) hour shall be included in the total eighteen (18) hours required for renewal.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Those licensed in the second year of the biennium are not required to obtain continuing education in that biennium.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All licensees are required to obtain thirty-six (36) hours per biennium beginning in the third calendar year of licensure. Licensees shall obtain one (1) hour of Board-approved continuing education in Georgia laws and rules. This one (1) hour shall be included in the total thirty-six (36) hours required for renewal.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All CE hours on Georgia laws and rules must be prior approved by the Board. A maximum of one (1) hour per biennium will be allowed as continuing education credit in this area. Georgia licensed optometrists not practicing in Georgia are exempt from acquiring the one (1) hour of CE in Georgia laws and rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A maximum of eight (8) hours per biennium will be allowed as continuing education credit for grand rounds. One (1) hour credit will be allowed for every two (2) hours spent in grand rounds.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A maximum of ten (10) hours of continuing education credit will be allowed per biennium for any coursework that is offered by correspondence or electronic medium, which coursework is approved or sponsored by any provider identified in paragraph (1) of this rule.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A maximum of ten (10) hours of continuing education credit will be allowed per biennium for practice management course work, as long as it is patient care related.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(5)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Effective January 1, 2006, of the thirty-six (36) required hours, a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education per biennium is required for pharmacology and pathology courses as related to ophthalmologic conditions.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reporting and Auditing. The method of reporting and auditing continuing education shall be: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At the time of license renewal, each Optometrist shall certify to the Board that he/she has completed the continuing education required for license renewal. The preferred method of tracking continuing education is through the ARBO OE-Tracker system and the licensee is encouraged to verify that all course work has been posted to OE-Tracker. If the licensee chooses to not participate in the OE-Tracker system and if all of his/her education credits are not posted therein, the licensee may be required to submit paper records via email or FAX directly to the board in order to demonstrate compliance with the required continuing education hours.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board shall audit the continuing education of a percentage of licensees for compliance with all rules and regulations. Such audits will be completed after the license renewal date and will cover course work completed during the just-completed biennium.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each licensed Optometrist shall maintain records of attendance and supporting documents for continuing education for a period of three (3) years from the date of attendance.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Deferral of the requirement for education program hours may be considered by the Board. Requests for deferral must be submitted to the Board in writing and should include complete documentation of the reasons for the request. Deferral will be considered for the following reasons: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> certified illness; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.04(6)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> hardship.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/430-2-.05" name="430-2-.05" title="430-2-.05">Rule 430-2-.05 Requirements for Inactive License Status. Amended</a></h2> <P>Georgia licensed optometrists may request in writing to the Board that their active license to practice optometry in Georgia be placed in inactive status under the following conditions:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.05(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The request must be received prior to the license expiration date to be considered. There is no fee required to request inactive status.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.05(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In the event that a Doctor of Optometry who holds a valid license to practice Optometry in the State of Georgia notifies the Board that he chooses to retire from active practice of the profession, his license shall be considered to be inactive;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.05(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Doctors holding an inactive license shall not engage in the practice of Optometry and shall not hold themselves out to the public as being available to provide optometric services;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.05(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A Doctor of Optometry holding an inactive license shall not be required to obtain the necessary continuing education credits and no renewal fee shall be assessed.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.05(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In order to return to the practice of optometry, a reinstatement application for licensure must be submitted to the Board. Refer to Board rule <a title="430-2-.09" href="430-2-.09">430-2-.09</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/430-2-.06" name="430-2-.06" title="430-2-.06">Rule 430-2-.06 Repealed</a></h2> <h2><a href="/GAC/430-2-.07" name="430-2-.07" title="430-2-.07">Rule 430-2-.07 Renewal of Licenses</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.07(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each person holding a valid license to practice optometry shall renew said license with the Division Director by completing and filing the renewal form furnished by the Board. Said licenses expire on December 31 of every odd-numbered years and shall be renewed biennially upon payment of the biennial renewal fees and providing proof, if selected for an audit, of the completion of the required continuing education hours. The renewal form shall be considered filed with the Board upon being postmarked. All forms not postmarked by December 31 of the odd numbered years shall be considered late.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.07(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each person holding a valid license to practice optometry who does not renew said license by December 31 of the odd-numbered years shall be afforded a late renewal for a period of thirty (30) days after the deadline date. Late renewals shall be processed after filing the renewal form, payment of the renewal fee and late renewal penalty fee and providing proof, if selected for an audit, of the required continuing education hours. The late renewal form shall be considered filed with the Board upon being postmarked. All late renewal forms not postmarked by January 30 following the December 31 deadline shall not be considered timely filed with the Board.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.07(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any service member as defined in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=43-1-31&amp;title=43#" target="_newtab">43-1-31</a> whose license to practice optometry expired while serving on active duty outside the state shall be permitted to practice optometry in accordance with the expired license and shall not be charged with a violation relating to such practice on an expired license for a period of six (6) months from the date of his or her discharge from active duty or reassignment to a location within the state. Any such service member shall be entitled to renew such expired license without penalty within six (6) months after the date of her or her discharge from active duty or reassignment to a location with the state. The service member must present to the board a copy of the official military orders or a written verification signed by the service member's commanding officer to waive any charges.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.07(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> After the late renewal time period, all non-renewed licenses will be revoked by operation of law for non-renewal, and will require reinstatement at the discretion of the Board.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/430-2-.08" name="430-2-.08" title="430-2-.08">Rule 430-2-.08 Volunteers in Optometry</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.08(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board may issue volunteer licenses in its discretion when it has identified an area of this state in which there is an urgent, unfilled need for optometric services, and when it has located a competent optometrist to fulfill such need. In granting these volunteer licenses, the Board shall observe the following criteria: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.08(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Need of the Community. A volunteer license shall be issued for the purpose of serving indigent patients in areas of this state in which there is inadequate personnel to supply optometric services. In determining what constitutes an inadequate supply of optometry personnel, the Board shall consider various factors, including the optometrist-patient ratio in the area in question, the distance between patients and existing optometrist, the misdistribution of particular types of specialty care, and any other factors which are indicative of an absence of adequate optometric services in or reasonably accessible to the area in question. Any group or groups of persons seeking to secure such an optometrist for a community shall supply the Board with all information necessary for it to make a determination as to the existence of all the foregoing factors.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.08(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Qualification of the Optometrist. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.08(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The optometrist must submit an application for a volunteer license to the Board and must be retired from the practice of optometry and not currently engaged in such practice either full time or part time and has, prior to retirement, maintained full licensure in good standing;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.08(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As a condition precedent to a volunteer license being issued, after five (5) years have passed without the applicant being engaged in the direct observation and treatment of patients, the Board, in its discretion, may require a refresher course or the passage of an examination administered by the board or a testing agency designated and approved by the Board;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.08(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the Board determines there is demonstrated inability and reasonable grounds to inquire into an applicants mental and physical capacity, the applicant may be asked to submit a statement from a physician attesting to the applicant's physical and mental capacity;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.08(1)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the applicant is not in compliance with the continuing education requirements established by the Board at the time application is made for the volunteer license, the applicant may be issued a nonrenewable temporary license to practice for six months provided the applicant is otherwise qualified for such license. During the period of time the licensee maintains such license, the licensee must comply with the continuing education requirements established by the Board;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.08(1)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There shall be no application or licensing fee for initial issuance of a volunteer license;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.08(1)(b)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Volunteer licenses shall expire at the close of December 31 in all odd-numbered years, and shall be administratively revoked for failure to renew on January 31 of the following even-numbered year. Fees for license renewal shall be assessed as shown on the schedule of fees adopted by the board. Licenses which have been administratively revoked shall be reinstated only in the discretion of the board;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.08(1)(b)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any other provisions of Chapter 30, Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated not inconsistent with the intent and purpose of the provisional license statute shall be fully applicable to all licensed optometrist.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/430-2-.09" name="430-2-.09" title="430-2-.09">Rule 430-2-.09 Reinstatement</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reinstatement is at the sole discretion of the Board.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board may consider reinstatement when the following requirements have been met: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reinstatement applications received within one (1) year from the last effective date of the licensee shall include evidence of thirty-six (36) continuing education hours in accordance with Board rule 430- 2-.04(5)(a-h), and must have been obtained within two (2) years prior to the date of reinstatement application.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reinstatement applications received after one (1) year from the last effective date of the license shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(2)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign">Evidence of fifty (50) continuing education hours, thirty-six (36) of which must be in accordance with Board rule <a title="430-2-.04(5)" href="430-2-.04#430-2-.04(5)">430-2-.04(5)</a> (a-h). The remaining fourteen (14) of the fifty (50) continuing education hours shall be in pharmacology and pathology and shall be obtained in person, and must have been obtained within two (2) years prior to the date of reinstatement application.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(2)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign">In addition, applicants for reinstatement after one year of the last effective date of the license shall register and take and pass the Georgia Laws and Rules exam.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provides documentation of current CPR.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provides evidence of current liability insurance as defined by law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Has met qualifications for scope of practice that includes therapeutics licensure.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board may deny reinstatement for failure to demonstrate current knowledge, skill and proficiency in the practice of optometry or being mentally or physically unable to practice optometry with reasonable skill and safety or for any ground set forth in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=43-1-19&amp;title=43#" target="_newtab">43-1-19</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-2-.09(2)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board reserves the authority to require any additional information or documentation necessary to complete the reinstatement application.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/430-2-.01" name="430-2-.01" title="430-2-.01">Rule 430-2-.01 Applications</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/430-2-.02" name="430-2-.02" title="430-2-.02">Rule 430-2-.02 Refusal, Suspension, Revocation of a License to Practice</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/430-2-.03" name="430-2-.03" title="430-2-.03">Rule 430-2-.03 Address Changes</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/430-2-.04" name="430-2-.04" title="430-2-.04">Rule 430-2-.04 [Effective until 8/29/2019]Continuing Education Requirements; Approval of Education Programs</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/430-2-.04v2" name="430-2-.04" title="430-2-.04">Rule 430-2-.04 [Effective 8/29/2019]Continuing Education Requirements; Approval of Education Programs</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/430-2-.05" name="430-2-.05" title="430-2-.05">Rule 430-2-.05 Requirements for Inactive License Status. Amended</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/430-2-.06" name="430-2-.06" title="430-2-.06">Rule 430-2-.06 Repealed</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/430-2-.07" name="430-2-.07" title="430-2-.07">Rule 430-2-.07 Renewal of Licenses</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/430-2-.08" name="430-2-.08" title="430-2-.08">Rule 430-2-.08 Volunteers in Optometry</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/430-2-.09" name="430-2-.09" title="430-2-.09">Rule 430-2-.09 Reinstatement</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2019 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>