Dear MSO Members,
Below is the information received from Michael Hawley, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Board of Optometry in regards to the 2019 License Renewal.
· The renewal mailing is expected to go out this week. This is later than in previous years due to changes in the form.
· The licenses expire on January 31. So licensees should renew as soon as they can.
· On-line renewal is available now. So licensees can go to our web site and renew without mailing back the renewal coupons.
·It is no longer legal to be licensed without having applied to be a MassHealth provider. There are two categories of provider. One category does not bill. The other does. The requirement applies even if the doctor does not accept MassHealth or does not live or practice in Massachusetts.
· Also, please note that, although the licenses expire on January 31, all continuing education must be completed during calendar year 2018. Optometrists who do not complete the CEs may be subject to discipline. Any licensees who, for good reason, are not able to complete the CEs by year end should have already submitted a request for an extension. Requests received after the year end will not be considered.
MCPHS University School of Optometry Receives Accreditation
The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education grants accreditation following a
comprehensive site visit.
WORCESTER, MA – At its annual meeting on June 20-23, 2018, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) considered the report of the March 25-28, 2018 evaluation visit to the professional optometric degree program at the MCPHS University School of Optometry. The ACOE voted to raise the program’s accreditation classification to “Accredited”. The classification of “Accredited” indicates that the program meets the ACOE standards with no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program.
“We couldn’t be more excited to receive the ACOE’s decision,” said Dr. Morris Berman, Dean of the School. “Dedication to quality optometric education was at the heart of the tremendous effort needed to achieve this outcome. The faculty worked cohesively over several years to create an excellent program. There is a certain pride that comes with building something new. Our faculty, staff, students and graduates should all be very proud.”
MCPHS University prepares students for successful careers in healthcare though excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, professional service, and community engagement. MCPHS University founded the School of Optometry in 2011, at which time it became the 21st school in the United States. For more information on MCPHS University School of Optometry, please visit https://www.mcphs.edu/academics/school-of-optometry and follow on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/579484837/mcphs-school-of-optometry/?hl=en