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49 Pa. Code § 23.11. Qualifications for license by examination.


§ 23.11. Qualifications for license by examination.

 To obtain a license by examination, a candidate shall meet the following requirements:

   (1)  A Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited optometric educational institution in the United States or Canada. A graduate of an unaccredited school of optometry shall also meet the requirements of §  23.14 (relating to graduates of unaccredited schools).

   (2)  Passing scores on Parts I, II Stage a and II Stage b of the National Board Examination, which the Board adopts as the written examination for licensure.

   (3)  Satisfaction of the general qualifications of section 4 of the act (63 P.S. §  244.4) and of this chapter.

   (4)  Passing scores of the Clinical Skills Assessment Examination. A candidate for license by examination will not be eligible to sit for the Clinical Skills Assessment Examination unless the candidate has met the requirements of paragraphs (1)—(3).

   (5)  Completion of at least 3 hours of approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting in accordance with §  23.117(a) (relating to child abuse recognition and reporting—mandatory training requirement).


   The provisions of this §  23.11 amended under section 3 of the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act (63 P.S. §  244.3); and 23 Pa.C.S. §  6383(b)(2).


   The provisions of this §  23.11 adopted September 16, 1965; amended June 22, 1990, effective upon publication and retroactively applicable to July 14, 1989, 20 Pa.B. 3497; amended January 26, 2024, effective January 27, 2024, 54 Pa.B. 368. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (415593).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  23.27a (relating to license by endorsement under 63 Pa.C.S. §  3111).

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