WSR 04-21-077

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Optometry)

[ Filed October 20, 2004, 8:45 a.m. , effective November 20, 2004 ]


Purpose: The proposed rule combines two current rules related to independent continuing education activities. Up to ten credit hours are allowed for reports on optometric literature and twenty-five credit hours for preprogrammed educational materials not to exceed twenty credit hours in any two-year reporting period. The proposed rule does not add course requirements or repeal course categories but does reduce the allowable total credits in these categories from forty-five to twenty-five.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 246-851-160; and amending WAC 246-851-170.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.54.070(2).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-15-153 on July 21, 2004.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Judy Haenke, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47870, Olympia, WA 98504-7870, phone (360) 236-4947, fax (360) 586-4359, e-mail judy.haenke@doh.wa.gov.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 1.

Date Adopted: September 17, 1004 [2004].

Jeffrey Sutro, O.D.

Vice-Chair

Board of Optometry

OTS-6760.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 97-12-088, filed 6/4/97, effective 7/5/97)

WAC 246-851-170   ((Credit for preprogrammed educational materials.)) Self-study educational activities.   ((Subject to approval by the board, continuing education credit may be granted for viewing and participation in the use of formal preprogrammed optometric educational materials. Preprogrammed educational materials include, but are not limited to:

(1) Correspondence courses taken through magazines or other publications, cassettes, videodiscs, videotapes, teaching machines, computer software, CD-ROM, diskettes or internet, other than those that qualify under subsection (2) of this section. No more than ten credit hours will be granted under this subsection to any licensee in any two-year reporting period. Requests for credit must be submitted to the board at least sixty days prior to the end of the reporting period and should include the title, date issued or released, author or source and the length of time spent viewing, listening or responding to the material.

(2) Cassettes, videodiscs, videotapes, teaching machines, computer software, CD-ROM, diskettes or internet, which are offered by a board-approved school or college of optometry or other entity or organization approved by the board for credit under this section and require successful completion of an examination for certification of completion. No more than twenty-five credit hours will be granted under this subsection to any licensee in any two-year reporting period.)) The board may grant continuing education credit for participation in self-study educational activities. The board may grant a licensee a total of twenty-five credit hours under this section for any two-year reporting period. Self-study educational activities may include:

(1) Credit for reports. The board may grant continuing education credit for reports on professional optometric literature. Licensees must submit requests for credit at least sixty days before the end of the reporting period. The request must include a copy of the article, including publication source, date and author. The report must be typewritten and include at least ten descriptive statements from the article.

(a) Professional literature approved for these reports are:

(i) Optometry and Physiological Optics;

(ii) American Optometric Association News;

(iii) Contact Lens Spectrum;

(iv) Optometry;

(v) Journal of Optometric Education;

(vi) Journal of Optometric Vision Development;

(vii) Optometric Management;

(viii) Review of Optometry;

(ix) Primary Care Optometry News;

(x) 20/20 Magazine; and

(xi) Other literature as approved by the board.

(b) Each report qualifies for one credit hour. The board may grant a licensee up to ten credit hours under this subsection if the combined total of twenty-five hours for all types of self-study CE is not exceeded.

(2) Credit for preprogrammed educational materials. The board may grant a licensee continuing education credit for viewing and participating in board-approved formal preprogrammed optometric educational materials. The preprogrammed materials must be approved by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE), or offered by a board-approved school or college of optometry or other entity or organization approved by the board for credit under this section; and must require successful completion of an examination for certification. The preprogrammed educational materials include, but are not limited to:

(a) Correspondence courses offered through magazines or other sources;

(b) Cassettes;

(c) Videotapes;

(d) CD-ROM;

(e) Internet.

The board may grant a licensee up to twenty-five credit hours under this subsection if the combined total for all types of self-study CE does not exceed twenty-five hours in any two-year reporting period.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.54.070(2). 97-12-088, 246-851-170, filed 6/4/97, effective 7/5/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.54.070. 91-22-061 (Order 210B), 246-851-170, filed 11/1/91, effective 12/2/91; 91-06-025 (Order 119B), recodified as 246-851-170, filed 2/26/91, effective 3/29/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.54.070(2). 89-10-030 (Order PM 839), 308-53-146, filed 4/27/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.54.070(5). 80-04-054 (Order PL 331), 308-53-146, filed 3/21/80.]


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 246-851-160 Credit for reports.

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