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Continuing Education

The Minnesota Board of Optometry simplified the recording of Continuing Education (CE) for the Minnesota license renewal. The CE Sponsors for Minnesota ODs are now required to validate the ODs participation in CE by either:

  1. requesting course approval from the Council of Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE). As an OD, remind those CE vendors of the importance of sending in documentation of your attendance directly to OE Tracker to have it added to your OE Tracker. requesting course approval from the Minnesota Board of Optometry.
  2. For either method of CE approval, the sponsor will validate OD participation and send it electronically directly to the OE Tracker system, which is uploaded in three to five work days by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, (ARBO).

Continuing Education Requirements for License Renewal

Required Continuing Education to be Completed in 2019 to Renew for 2020: Please Read!

At the September 26, 2018 Board Meeting, the board discussed the importance of all Minnesota Optometrist’s awareness of the updated rules and statutes.  They debated best approaches to assure exposure to these current requirements, which were effective July 11, 2018. The board is requiring the following for next year’s (January 1, 2020) renewal of license.  The required continuing education must be completed now through calendar year 2019, with the board providing the following additional parameters:       
·         Successful completion of the open book state statute and rules jurisprudence examination during calendar year 2019 is required in order to renew an active January 1, 2020 license. 
·         The complete set of statutes and rules is on the MBO website. 
·         Two (2) clock hours of live, general optometry (G0) is awarded for the successful completion of the state jurisprudence examination.  
·         The NBEO (National Board of Examiners for Optometry) maintains the exam and charges a mandatory user access fee of $25.00 for each exam.  You access the exam by registering at the NBEO website. 
·         For successful exam scores, Minnesota Board staff will send OE Tracker the required information to be uploaded into OE Tracker, by the 15th of each month until December 1, 2019. 
·         The examination process must be completed by December 1, 2019 to be recorded, uploaded and active in your OE Tracker account to renew the January 1, 2020 license.  
·         The new version of the examination was active on September 1, 2018 and all successful exams from that day forward are compliant with this requirement. 

Minn Rule:  6500.3000 Subp. 10.   Requirements in specified subjects.  The board may, when compelled by advancement in scope of practice or emerging public health issues, and by mailing written notice to each licensed optometrist on or before January 1, require all optometrists to attend continuing education programs in specified subjects.

The current two-year continuing education cycle is January 1, 2018 December 31, 2019. The continuing education will be required to renew for the calendar year 2020. The number of continuing education credits you need is pro-rated depending upon the date you initially became licensed.

Date of Initial License

Required Number of CE Credits

Before January 1, 2018

40 CE Credits

Between January 1 and December 31, 2018

20 CE Credits

Between January 1 and December 31, 2019

0 CE Credits

CE Requirements:

Correspondence or Internet (Non-Live)

Up to 15

Practice Management

Up to 6


Total Required Hours

40

Timeframe (in years) for CE Requirements

2

You must report the above number of CE credits by December 31, 2019.


OE Tracker and Annual License Renewal Requirements

The OE Tracker CE is synchronized (via your unique OE Tracker number) with your Minnesota license number during the renewal period of October 15 to December 31 of each renewal cycle. When renewing, the Minnesota OD will be able to review all completed CE for the online renewal. When utilizing OE Tracker, you will not be required to keep any paper certificates or enter your individual CE on the MBO website. The license renewal is completed in less than five minutes. The Board believes this to be an efficient approach for all ODs and will reach the goal of 100% auditing of all submitted continuing education.

Enrollment in OE Tracker

Enrollment in OE Tracker https://www.arbo.org/oetracker_login.php provides year round access and individual CE can be sent in by the Optometrist. There is a $25 fee to enroll for one (1) year or $60 fee for three (3) years. This will enable you to  track your individual CE history year round and enjoy an easy method to manage your CE. If you are not an OE subscriber, the OE Tracker record review will only be available during the actual processing of your Minnesota license renewal. The board believes that OE Tracker will save you valuable time by eliminating the need to prepare and submit electronic and/or paper records. It also provides 100% of all continuing education attended is validated.

The option to manually enter individual CE on the MBO website is no longer available.

FAQs

Locate the FAQs on the top tab bar for more answers and please contact the board office with any questions you have. We will work to resolve any remaining questions.

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