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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 105. Board of Optometry
Chapter 20. Regulations Governing the Practice of Optometry
5/27/2024

18VAC105-20-10. Requirements for licensure.

A. The applicant, in order to be eligible for licensure to practice optometry in the Commonwealth, shall meet the requirements for TPA certification in 18VAC105-20-16 and shall:

1. Be a graduate of a school of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education or other accrediting body deemed by the board to be substantially equivalent; have an official transcript verifying graduation sent to the board;

2. Request submission of an official report from the NBEO of a score received on each required part of the NBEO examination or other board-approved examination;

3. Submit a completed application and the prescribed fee; and

4. Sign a statement attesting that the applicant has read, understands, and will comply with the statutes and regulations governing the practice of optometry in Virginia.

B. The board may waive the requirement of graduation from an accredited school of optometry for an applicant who holds a current, unrestricted license in another United States jurisdiction and has been engaged in active clinical practice for 36 out of the 60 months immediately preceding application for licensure in Virginia.

C. Required examinations. For the purpose of § 54.1-3211 of the Code of Virginia, the board adopts all parts of the NBEO examination as its written examination for licensure. After July 1, 1997, the board shall require passage as determined by the board of Parts I, II, and III of the NBEO examination, including passage of TMOD.

D. If an applicant has been licensed in another jurisdiction, the following requirements shall also apply:

1. The applicant shall attest that the applicant is not a respondent in a pending or unresolved malpractice claim.

2. Each jurisdiction in which the applicant is or has been licensed shall verify that:

a. The license is current and unrestricted, or if the license has lapsed, it is eligible for reinstatement;

b. All continuing education requirements have been completed, if applicable;

c. The applicant is not a respondent in any pending or unresolved board action; and

d. The applicant has not committed any act that would constitute a violation of § 54.1-3204 or 54.1-3215 of the Code of Virginia.

3. An applicant licensed in another jurisdiction who has not been engaged in active practice within the 12 months immediately preceding application for licensure in Virginia shall be required to complete 20 hours of continuing education as specified in 18VAC105-20-70.

4. In the case of a federal service optometrist, the commanding officer shall also verify that the applicant is in good standing.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-3223 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR510-01-1 § 1, eff. October 30, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 4, Issue 3, eff. December 9, 1987; Volume 4, Issue 19, eff. July 20, 1988; Volume 5, Issue 10, eff. March 13, 1989; Volume 8, Issue 4, eff. January 1, 1992; Errata, 8:9 VA.R. 1467 January 27, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 20, eff. July 26, 1995; Volume 15, Issue 6, eff. January 6, 1999; Volume 19, Issue 7, eff. January 15, 2003; Volume 22, Issue 4, eff. November 30, 2005; Volume 22, Issue 20, eff. July 12, 2006; Volume 23, Issue 22, eff. September 24, 2007; Volume 31, Issue 7, eff. January 15, 2015; Volume 36, Issue 6, eff. December 11, 2019.

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