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RULE §280.2Required Education

(a) In order to demonstrate compliance in regard to therapeutic optometry, successful completion of at least 90 classroom hours of Board approved postgraduate course-work and clinical training in general and ocular pharmacology and related pathology conducted by an accredited institution which has facilities for both didactic and clinical instruction, or via other educational programs approved by the Board, is required. Of the required 90 classroom hours, a minimum of 20 hours must be obtained in applied clinical skills. The applicant must provide documentation of successful completion of course work from the institution.

(b) In order to assure that therapeutic optometrists are current and proficient in up-to-date therapeutic knowledge and techniques, optometrists having graduated prior to January 1, 1991, shall obtain a minimum of 90 classroom hours in postgraduate courses of general and ocular pharmacology and related pathology. Optometrists graduated after January 1, 1991, shall be considered as having met the educational requirements.

(c) To be acceptable, courses of classroom hours must receive prior approval by the Board, upon recommendation of the Continuing Education Committee.

Source Note: The provisions of this §280.2 adopted to be effective September 2, 1991, 16 TexReg 4454; amended to be effective August 2, 1998, 23 TexReg 7565; amended to be effective May 22, 2023, 48 TexReg 2574

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