How to Receive Credit for this on-line course

  1. Review video and the cited resource materials
  2. Download and print off the examination
  3. Complete the examination and e-mail the completed examination to our CME Coordinator at nsuoco_ce@nsuok.edu after submitting your credit card information here.
  4. Or Fax completed examination to (918) 458-2104 after submitting your credit card information here.
  5. Or mail it with a check for $150 made payable to:
    • NSUOCO-CME 1001 North Grand Avenue Tahlequah, OK 74464-7017
  6. A passing score of 75% is required for credit to be assigned for one hour of Oklahoma Judicious Prescribing
  7. You will receive a certificate of completion within two weeks of receipt of the written examination. At that time, the Office of NSUOCO Continuing Medical Education will also submit proof of completion to the Oklahoma Board of Examiners. If your completed examination is received on or before June 15, the college ensures that your certification will be submitted to the State Board in time to meet deadline requirements.
  8. If you do not receive a passing score, you will be notified. The graded examination will not be returned to you. The examination may be repeated, but a retesting fee of $10 must accompany the new examination. The entire examination must be retaken and then re-submitted for grading.
For questions concerning the on-line course for Judicious Prescribing, you may contact the

Introduction

This online Judicious Prescribing continuing medical education course and test are being provided to you as a way to meet your Oklahoma licensing renewal requirement. Oklahoma's strength in eye care results from the optometric physician's desire and responsibility to serve his or her patients while utilizing the most current knowledge and training of optometric practice. This responsibility was established in 1911 when the Oklahoma legislature and governor passed and signed the first law recognizing optometry as a profession and creating a Board of Examiners to be the protector of the visual welfare of the people of Oklahoma. Over the years, as education, technology, and responsibilities of Oklahoma optometric physicians advanced, the legislature rewrote portions of Section 59 of Oklahoma Statutes. These additions were significant in 1937, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1990, 1994, and 1998. As responsibilities increased so too did the regulations for those responsibilities. No longer do Chapters 11 and 13 of 59 O.S. contain all these regulations. Optometric physicians are also regulated by statutes pertaining to Insurance, Pharmacy, Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Substances, Professional Corporations and Administrative Procedures Act. In 1994, the Oklahoma Legislature and Governor Walters increased and redefined the prescriptive rights of optometric physicians. "The practice of optometry shall also include the prescribing of dangerous drugs and controlled dangerous substances for all schedules specified in the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act except Schedules I and II for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment of ocular abnormalities." (59 O.S. 581 B) The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, Oklahoma State Board of Examiners in Optometry, Oklahoma Pharmaceutical Association, Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics collaborated to give optometric physicians as much autonomy as possible for patient care while limiting the opportunities for abuse by patients and doctors. The State Board of Optometry enacted a board rule that required one hour of Judicious Prescribing to be included among the 18 hours of continuing optometric education required for annual re-licensure. The board's goal is for optometric physicians to be incredibly judicious and responsible in the use of medications. The optometric physician is under the magnifying glass of the legislature, the public, insurance companies, and lawyers. In 2005, regulations were passed by the Board of Examiners in Optometry to clarify and more narrowly define surgical procedures. With a board rule, the Board of Examiners in Optometry has officially eliminated areas of the eye that optometrists may not treat by surgical methods. By watching the video and reviewing the linked reference material, you will acquire knowledge regarding the following areas:
  1. History of Oklahoma Judicious Prescribing
  2. Professional responsibilities to patients
  3. Title 505:10-5-17. Proper scope of practice of non-laser surgical procedures. Board of Examiners in Optometry. Chapter 10: Licensure and Regulation of Optometrists.
  4. American Optometric Association - Tamper-resistant Prescription Pads
  5. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - Hill Notifications 10/05/2007