2020 Call for Courses

The American Optometric Association (AOA) has opened the Call for Courses in the continuing education (CE) program at Optometry's Meeting 2020 in Washington, D.C. CE courses will be held Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28, 2020.

The AOA is committed to providing quality education for doctors of optometry, optometric staff and future optometrists. To better develop an educational system that can deliver yearlong integrated learning and professional development for doctors of optometry and staff alike, Optometry's Meeting 2020 will feature a track of courses for doctors and paraoptometrics focusing on systemic diseases. We invite you to submit lecture and workshop courses in the online application below. All applications must be submitted online by July 17, 2019.

If you have questions regarding the Call for Courses, please contact Fran Ghannam, AOA Education Center Operations Manager, fghannam@aoa.org.


The AOA is a Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE)-qualified administrator, and all CE accepted for doctor of optometry courses will be submitted for COPE approval. The AOA will consider all areas of ophthalmic education including those that adhere to addressing emerging technologies, innovations in optometric patient care and business management.

This year we are looking to develop a new track that emphasizes the following, though submissions need not be limited to these topics: systemic diseases; categories: autoimmune, cardiovascular, diabetes, genetic diseases, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and thyroid.

Joint doctor/paraoptometric courses include systemic diseases (such as ocular manifestations), patient education regarding nutritional and healthy choices for the hypertensive and diabetic patient, OCT/angiography workshop, and billing and coding for diagnostic testing.

All courses accepted for paraoptometric assistant/technician staff will be submitted to the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) and  American Board of Opticianry/National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO/NCLE) for approval.

This year, we are placing an emphasis on the following paraoptometric assistant/technician staff: categories: effective history taking in EHR, chairside assisting (YAG & SLT), room prepping for special procedures, pediatric eye exams, billing and coding (especially ICD changes and procedures), hands-on workshops traumatic brain injury/low vision, vision therapy tools, corneal topography and specular microscope, fundus photo, and dissecting lab. Submissions need not be limited to these topics. All submitted courses will be considered for acceptance.

Course Criteria and Requirements

Due to the volume of submissions, not all submitted courses will be accepted. All applicants will be notified of accepted courses via email by September 13, 2019. Acceptance will be based on the following criteria: 

Accepted Courses

AOA Speaker Reimbursement Policy

AOA speaker reimbursement, stipend and registration:

Important Dates

Submission deadline July 17, 2019
Notification of selected courses By Sept. 20, 2019 via email
Accepted speaker must complete an AOA Speaker's Confirmation Agreement By Nov. 1, 2019
If approved, bio, CV and contact information for additional speakers due to AOA By Nov. 15, 2019
Additional speakers must complete and sign AOA Speaker Confirmation Agreement By Nov. 29, 2019
Final course outlines due to AOA By Feb. 14, 2020
Workshop equipment/supply form due By March 27, 2020
Final course handouts due to AOA (must be submitted electronically) By April 10, 2020
2020 Optometry's Meeting June 24-28, 2020

Course submission:

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