Board Policies

  • Board Policies
    (As of January 7, 2020)

The Nevada State Board of Optometry adopted these policies to assist in the consistent enforcement of Nevada’s statutes and regulations applicable to the practice of optometry, and to conduct the Board’s authorized functions under the law.

These policies do not replace the optometry statutes and regulations (NRS & NAC Chapters 636), and where they conflict, the statutes and regulations shall take precedence.

Policy Number 1 – Correspondence
Official correspondence with the Board may be submitted through the Board’s website, mailed to the Executive Director at Post Office Box 1824, Carson City, Nevada 89702, emailed to or transmitted via fax to 775-305-0105. Communication by any of these means is acceptable for official correspondence with the Board.

Policy Number 2 – Change in Location of Practice
NRS 636.370 and this policy require each optometrist to notify the Board of the place of his or her practice or any change in location of that practice, in writing, prior to the date the change becomes effective.

Policy Number 3 – Applications for Licensure
The Application for Licensure as an optometrist in the State of Nevada may be completed online or downloaded from the Board’s website The applicant must submit the application; all required supporting materials and the fee to the Board. Once the Board receives official notice that the applicant has passed the online law exam, and all required documentation in support of the application is received, the Executive Director will review, reject or approve the application and provide notice to the applicant within 30 days.

These policies apply to both new licensees and applicants for licensure by endorsement. Upon receipt of notice of approval of his or her application, the applicant must identify his or her practice location to the Board.

Within 60 days of approval of an applicant, the licensee will receive a license certificate for display.
Policy Number 4 – License Renewal
Pursuant to NRS 636.250, a licensee (active or inactive) must renew his or her license by the last day of February of each even-numbered year. For renewal by mail to be timely, the renewal and supporting documents must bear a postmark before March 1. Electronic renewal is effective upon Board receipt of all required information and fees. It is the renewing licensee’s responsibility to confirm Board receipt of renewal materials.

If a license is not renewed before March 1, the license will be suspended. A license may be relieved from suspension if the licensee renews before June 30 and pays a penalty of $500.00 as authorized by NRS 636.285, plus the renewal fee. As of July 1, the license and any certificates held by the licensee will expire, and, should the former licensee wish to practice again in Nevada, he or she must apply as a new licensee, furnish the Board with all application materials and take and pass the online law exam.

Policy Number 5 – License Renewal
License renewal requires a completed renewal application, fees, and proof of appropriate Continuing Education credits based on license and certification requirements.

(See Policy No. 6)

Policy Number 6 – Continuing Education Requirements
NRS 636.260 requires satisfactory evidence that, within the 24-month period immediately preceding license renewal, the licensee has completed the required number of hours of continuing education approved by the Board.

The 2-year total of continuing education required for general licensees is 40 hours, of which 5 hours may be practice management

Licensees who hold an Optometric Pharmaceutical Agents Certificate (OPAC) must submit proof of 50 CE hours each 2-year renewal period. Of the 50 hours, not fewer than 30 hours must relate to the treatment of conditions of the eye or prescribing optometric pharmaceutical agents. Up to 10 hours may be related to office administration or practice management. If a licensee who is OPAC certified holds a current Nevada Controlled Substances number, then not fewer than 2 of the 30 OPAC CE must be related to prescribing opioids, addiction, substance abuse and/or pain management. The opioid requirement may be satisfied with a pre-approved provider or by a Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) course.

All of the CE hours may be by live attendance, by Internet, correspondence or video. Licensees submitting courses taken via the Internet, or by correspondence or video must submit proof of completion and of a grade of 75% or higher on the course exam.

The Board counts hours in 0.25-hour increments using the 1/4 hour nearest the actual teaching time, with the exception that 50-minute lectures count as one hour in accord with academic tradition.

Proof of completed CE is acceptable in the form of certificates of completion affirmed by the provider, an ARBO CE Summary Form, or other evidence that the licensee was present and engaged when the course was provided. Certification can be by stamp or signature. Proof of registration for a conference at which CE was available will not be accepted as such proof.

The Board reviews pre-approved providers periodically to verify adherence to established standards and hours for reporting. The Board has established two categories of acceptable and approved continuing education: Pre-Approved Providers and Other Providers.

1. All schools and colleges of optometry, but not their affiliates. For example, alumni associations are affiliates and are not considered pre-approved providers.
2. The following AOA & U.S. Affiliated Associations:
– Alabama Optometric Association
– Alaska Optometric Association
– Arizona Optometric Association
– Arkansas Optometric Association
– Armed Forces Optometric Association
– California Optometric Association
– Colorado Optometric Association
– Connecticut Optometric Association
– Delaware Optometric Association
– Optometric Society of the District of Columbia
– Florida Optometric Association
– Georgia Optometric Association
– Hawaii Optometric Association
– Idaho Optometric Association
– Illinois Optometric Association
– Indiana Optometric Association
– Iowa Optometric Association
– Kansas Optometric Association
– Kentucky Optometric Association
– Louisiana State Association of Optometrists
– Maine Optometric Association
– Maryland Optometric Association
– Massachusetts Society of Optometrists
– Michigan Optometric Association
– Mississippi Optometric Association
– Missouri Optometric Association
– Montana Optometric Association
– Nebraska Optometric Association
– Nevada State Optometric Association
– New Hampshire Optometric Association
– New Jersey Optometric Association
– New Mexico Optometric Association
– New York State Optometric Association
– North Carolina Optometric Association
– North Dakota Optometric Association
– Ohio Optometric Association
– Oklahoma Optometric Association
– Oregon Optometric Association
– Pennsylvania Optometric Association
– Rhode Island Optometric Association
– South Carolina Optometric Association
– South Dakota Optometric Society/South Dakota State Board of Optometric Examiners
– Tennessee Optometric Association
– Texas Optometric Association
– Utah Optometric Association
– Vermont Optometric Association
– Virginia Optometric Association
– Washington Optometric Association
– West Virginia Optometric Association
– Wisconsin Optometric Association
– Wyoming Optometric Association

3. Regional Councils:
– Mountain West Council of Optometrists
– New England Council of Optometrists
– North Central States Optometric Council
– Optometric Council of the National Capital Region
– Southern Council of Optometrists
– Southern Council of Optometry
– Great Western Council of Optometry (GWCO)

4. U.S. Government:
– Veterans Administration
– Academy of Health Sciences, USA
– Air National Guard Optometric Society
– Brooke Army Medical Center
– Department of the Army – Office of the Surgeon General, 18th Medical Command, 2291st U.S.A.H. [Reserve]
– Ireland Army Community Hospital Optometry Section
– Naval Medical Command – Southwest Region – Naval Hospital
– School of Health Care Sciences, USAF, Sheppard AFB, TX
– Department of Biomedical Sciences MSDB
– Tri Service Optometric Society – Naval Medical Clinic, Barbar’s Point Naval Air Station

– Optometric Extension Program Foundation, Inc.
– Eastern State Optometric Congress
– Great Lakes Optometric Congress
– Heart of American Optometric Congress
– The Invitational Skeffington Symposium
– Mid-American Vision Conference
– Mountain States Congress of Optometry
– New Jersey Optometric Extension Program
– Northeast Congress of Optometry
– Northwest Congress of Optometry
– Northeast Vision Conference
– Reading Advanced Behavioral Vision Seminar
– Rosario Seminar
– San Jose Vision Therapy Conference
– Southwest California Behavioral Vision Seminar
– Southern California Vision Forum
– Summerville Behavioral Seminars
– Sun Valley Behavioral Vision Seminar

6. Special:
– American Academy of Optometry
– National Eye Research Foundation
– Northern Rockies Optometric Conf.
– Council on Practitioner Educ. of the IAB
– College of Optometry and Vision Development [COVD]

7. Any state ophthalmologic or optometric society.

8. Any regional or national ophthalmologic association.

9. Any medical school affiliated ophthalmology residency program.

10. Any COPE-approved course (Council on Optometric Practitioner Education).

Other providers will be approved on an individual basis. Such providers may submit a course syllabus or program, reference materials and the presenter’s CV in advance for approval. A licensee may also submit materials for consideration. The Board will provide a determination regarding the acceptability of the CE within 30 days of receipt of the required materials.

To meet the Opioid Education Requirement only, any Category 1 C.M.E. related to opioid addiction, pain management or opioid abuse will be accepted, but the Board prefers that the course be related to conditions of the eye.

Policy Number 7 – Accredited Colleges of Optometry
Pursuant to NRS 636.135, only certain schools and colleges of optometry are accredited by the Nevada Board of Optometry. The Board currently accepts applicants for licensure who graduated from Colleges of Optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) or its successor.

Policy Number 8 –Verifications of Licenses
A request for verification of a license, historic information or documentation of disciplinary information must be made in writing in the form of a public records request.

Policy Number 9 – Use of Fictitious Names
An optometrist using a fictitious name shall register the name with the Board, pursuant to ______________. Any fictitious name shall not make comparative references or inferences to the quality of the optometric care (such as superior, better or best),? Education – advanced? Fellowships? Speed – faster, fastest? Cost – least expensive, cheaper, cheapo, cheapest, discount? Other comparative terms? Such prohibitions exist for advertising already.

Policy Number 10 – Continuing Education Submission
A licensee shall not report or submit his or her continuing education information to the Board until the licensee has proof of sufficient hours to fulfill the total requirements for the renewal period. Interim submission of partial continuing education is not accepted.

Policy Number 11 – Contact with Members of the Board
Licensees should refrain from contacting members appointed to the State Board of Optometry at their homes or offices regarding Board matters and operations, and should instead contact the Executive Director. Board members should be contacted directly only when a licensee wishes to shield his or her identity from the staff for good cause, or the issue involves the conduct of the Executive Director.

Policy Number 12 – Patient Records
The Board highly recommends that each licensed and practicing Nevada optometrist, and particularly each optometrist who practices alone, creates and executes a written plan for a qualified person or entity to take responsibility to secure the optometrist’s patient records in the event of his or her sudden or unexpected incapacity or death. Further, optometrists with such plans may provide such information to the Board, gain approval from each patient to share protected information with the designee, and inform the patient how he or she may gain access to his or her protected health information in the event the optometrist becomes unable to deliver the same.