Pursuant to ORS
683.220 the Board may grant to
an applicant a license by endorsement for the practice of optometry if the
(1) Holds a license for the
practice of optometry obtained by examination in another state in the United
(2) Has been continuously
engaged in the practice of optometry for not less than two years immediately
preceding the application to the Board;
(3) Has educational qualifications the Board
considers equivalent to the educational requirements necessary for licensing by
the Board at the time the applicant commenced the practice of optometry. The
educational requirements include a passing score on Parts I, II, III, (PAM and
Clinical Skills) and TMOD (Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease) of the
National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examination or its equivalent,
as determined by the Board. NBEO standards for passing the NBEO examination are
acceptable to the Board;
Submits documentation satisfactory to the Board of continuing optometric
education hours equivalent to the requirements established by OAR
(5) Provides written
confirmation sent directly from the licensing entity of each other state in
which the applicant has ever been licensed that the applicant for licensure has
not been sanctioned for violating the laws, rules or standards of ethics of
that jurisdiction. The Board will accept electronic license verifications if
that is the only mechanism the verifying state uses for license verifications.
In addition, the Board will query the National Practitioner Data Bank and the
Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank for adverse actions on each
person making an application for licensure by endorsement;
Pays the licensure by endorsement
application fee as listed in OAR 852-010-0080
(7) Passes, by a score of 80 or better, a
Board-approved written examination relating to Oregon optometric law and
administrative rules within the 12 months previous to date of Oregon licensure.
Because the Administrative Rule and Law examination is not clinical in nature,
there is no waiting period before an examination retake. If the examination is
not available through the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, the Board
will set location(s), date(s) time(s) and fees for administration of the
(8) Provides proof of
meeting the requirements of OAR 852 division 80 - Pharmaceutical Agents, for
licensure with the non-topical certification (AT) or non-topical certification
with injections (ATI);
satisfactory results of a criminal records background check as defined in OAR
(10) Any applicant
whose conduct constitutes cheating or subverting of the process of the
evaluation of professional competency by the Board or by an examiner may be
dismissed from the examination and denied licensure.
(11) Designate if they are a telehealth only
Or. Admin. R.
OPT 2-2001, f. 12-13-01,
cert. ef. 1-1-02; OPT 1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-23-05; OPT 1-2007, f.
5-21-07, cert. ef. 7-1-07; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13;
2-2014, f. 11-28-14, cert. ef.
3-2014, f. 12-29-14, cert. ef.
3-2019, amend filed 02/15/2019, effective
5-2019, amend filed 12/12/2019, effective
Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 683 & 182
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS