Education Policies & Procedures

Education Goals and Objectives

The American Optometric Association (AOA) continuing education programs aim to develop, maintain, and improve the competence, skills, and professional performance of optometrists, future optometrists, paraoptometric professionals, opticians, and practice administrators by providing quality, relevant, accessible, and effective educational experiences that address gaps in professional practice. Optometry's Meeting® is the annual forum at which all optometric professionals meet for updates, review of the optometric practice, research, and advocacy.

Learner Objectives

As a result of attending this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases
  2. Identify major advances in key areas of cutting-edge research and technology in optometry
  3. Incorporate new specialty areas in optometry
  4. Integrate practice management strategies to address critical business and operational tasks in the optometric practice
  5. Incorporate practice management initiatives to maximize managed care opportunities while recognizing regulatory changes affecting optometric practices
  6. Develop strategies to identify opportunities to provide expanded care to underserved optometric populations.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of optometrists, paraoptometric professionals, opticians, future optometrists, and practice administrators who are engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, fitting of glasses and contact lenses, as well as management of the business aspects of an ophthalmic practice.

Course Registration and Attendance

All continuing education courses except OD workshops are included in the inclusive registration fee, pre-registration is not required. The OD workshops will be available for a nominal fee. Attendees must pre-register for the OD workshops.

Students and optometric staff may take any course on the OD program for no additional fees except for the OD workshops. A future optometrist track will be offered on Friday that includes the Optometric Residency Forum and two courses designed specifically for students (course numbers will begin with the letter "S"). There are also specific courses designed for optometric staff, including hands-on workshops for paraoptometrics (course numbers will begin with the letter "P").

Courses are limited by room capacities; admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A name badge is required to attend each course. Registrants are required to attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.

Each course attendee will be scanned upon entrance into the course, and continuing education credits will be electronically recorded and available for download after the meeting. All attendees are required to be in a course 50 minutes for every one hour of education. Course auditing is not permitted, so attendees will not be able to enter the course for no credit. If you are more than 10 minutes late for a one-hour course or 20 minutes late for a two-hour course, you will not be allowed to enter the room.

Attendees must remain in the session room until the completion of the course. Should it be necessary to leave the room at any time, you must return within 10 minutes. If you do not return within 10 minutes, the course monitor is directed not to allow you back in the course and you will not receive continuing education credit.

Course Locations

All courses will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The course room assignments will not be available until the meeting and will be published in the On-site Program (available for pick-up at the Registration Desk) or by downloading the Optometry's Meeting® App.

Course Handouts

Handout materials will be available online beginning Friday, May 26 (not all courses will have handouts available). Be sure to download them in advance by locating the course on the daily grids and clicking Download in the Handout column. Attendees will be responsible for printing their own handouts prior to the meeting.

Obtaining Your CE Credits

Please take the following steps to obtain your CE credits after the meeting:

  1. Record the course numbers you attend.
  2. Visit optometrysmeeting.org beginning the day following the course(s) you attended
  3. Click Obtain My CE Credits and enter your last name and your Optometry's Meeting registration/badge ID number.
  4. Evaluate each course attended.
  5. Once you evaluate all courses, print or email your transcript for your records. It is the responsibility of the attendee to report CE credits to the appropriate state board(s) for license renewal and to ARBO (unles the OE Tracker# was given during registration).

Please note that one session hour is equivalent to one hour of CE.

Course Approvals

All Optometrist courses will be submitted for COPE approval, unless otherwise noted on the CE grids.

All Optometric Staff courses have been approved by the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) for continuing education credit and are acceptable for certification renewal requirements. Some Optometric Staff courses will be submitted to the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) for consideration. The courses submitted are noted on the CE grids.

Audiotaping

Select continuing education sessions will be audiotaped and available for AOA members to view on EyeLearn® after the meeting. Please note, personal audio and/or video recording of any presentation is not permitted.

Call for Courses

The 2017 Call for Courses ended on August 15, 2016.  All applicants will be notified about course selection via email mid-Fall 2016.