Accreditation Information

OPTOMETRISTS 

SECO makes every effort to secure accreditation for continuing education courses/learning labs as appropriate through:

  • Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE)
  • CE Broker, submitted only for qualifying professionals licensed in the state of Florida. 

All SECO 2017 continuing education courses have been submitted to ARBO for COPE approval (except SECO Certified courses – see below) and courses selected for Continuing Education with Examination (CEE) are noted as well. SECO will report CE attendance to ARBO for attendees who provide their OE Tracker number when they register to attend. Florida licensed physicians who provide their OP or OPC license numbers will have attendance information submitted to FL CE Broker. 

All optometrist continuing education courses are strictly monitored to comply with licensing board regulations for accreditation and within The Optometric Guidelines for Independent Continuing Education (ICE). 

SECO CERTIFIED COURSES (#122, #127, #140, #604, #607)

 SECO Certified courses are accepted for CE credit in all states other than: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Vermont. These are not COPE approved courses. 

 OPHTHALMIC PROFESSIONALS 

SECO makes every effort to secure accreditation for ophthalmic professional education courses/ workshops as appropriate through:

  • American Board of Opticianry (ABO)
  • Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
  • National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE)
  • American Optometric Association Paraoptometric (AOA PARA)
  • CE Broker (submitted only for professionals licensed in the state of Florida who provide their OD license number) 

SECO does not guarantee that a licensing board or certifying organization will accredit any course presented during SECO 2017. Attendees should be familiar with the requirements for any licensing or certification agencies to which education attendance may be reported. 

SECO encourages attendees to read course descriptions thoroughly and choose the education that best meets their professional needs. SECO also recommends that attendees be familiar with their licensing/certification requirements. Attendees who fail to comply with attendance requirements during a course will not receive continuing education credit for that course. 

State-Specific Requirements 

Please be sure to check with your state board(s) to see if you are taking the appropriate courses for your professional license and/or certification.

 Course offerings for Florida certified credits:
  • Prevention of Medical Errors for Optometric Physicians (Dr. Bob Easton) – 2 hrs (#145) - This course meets the requirements for Florida and other states requiring a medical errors course as part of licensure renewal.

 Course offerings for Kentucky certified credits (5 combined hours of LP, SP, IS per year):
  • Lasers in Optometry– 2 hrs LP (#171)
  • Injections Learning Lab– 2 hrs IS (#603)
  • Narcotic Prescribing and Drug Diversion– 2 hrs (#155) required for Kentucky licensees who hold a DEA license.
  • Advanced Procedures Learning Lab – 2 hrs SP (#606)

Course offerings for North Carolina certified credits:

Course offering(s) for West Virginia:
  • Narcotic Prescribing and Drug Diversion– 2 hrs (#155)– meets 2 of the 3 hours of drug diversion and best practices of controlled substances.