Education Policies & Procedures

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 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.

Course Handouts

Handout materials will be available online beginning Wednesday, June 14  (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

To obtain your CE credits, you must have access to the Optometry's Meeting app on your mobile device or computer. Check into the course on the Optometry's Meeting® app and enter the code that will be provided to you during the course. A session hour is equivalent to one hour of CE. You must evaluate each session that you attend to receive your continuing education credits. If you do not have a mobile device or you don't have one with you at the course, please request to have your badge scanned at the door.

To obtain your credits from the app in your mobile device:

If you do not have a mobile device, you may take the survey through the app on a computer. For attendees who were scanned at the door:

After you complete the surveys, you will receive a Continuing Education Certificate via email for all sessions you attended. Print your transcripts for your records. It is the responsibility of the attendee to report CE credits to the appropriate state board for license renewal and to ARBO.

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.