The purpose of this rule amendment is to specify the percentage ranges for the various items in the examination rather than exact percentages in the examination rule.  

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    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
    Board of Optometry

    RULE NO: RULE TITLE
    64B13-4.001: Examination Requirements
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this rule amendment is to specify the percentage ranges for the various items in the examination rather than exact percentages in the examination rule.
    SUMMARY: The rule specifies the percentage rangers for examination items.
    SUMMARY OF STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REGULATORY COSTS: No Statement of Estimated Regulatory Cost was prepared.
    Any person who wishes to provide information regarding a statement of estimated regulatory costs, or provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days of this notice.
    SPECIFIC AUTHORITY: 456.017(1)(2), 463.005, 463.006(2) FS.
    LAW IMPLEMENTED: 456.017(1)(2), 463.006(2) FS.
    IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE SCHEDULED AND ANNOUNCED IN FAW.
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Joe Baker, Jr., Executive Director, Board of Optometry, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C07, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3257

    THE FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE IS:

    64B13-4.001 Examination Requirements.

    The examination for licensure shall consist of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examination (hereafter NBEO examination), and Parts I and II of the state examination for licensure. The examination for certification of a licensee shall consist of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (hereafter TMOD) part of the NBEO.

    (1) The Florida licensure examination authorized in subsection 463.006(2), Florida Statutes, shall consist of the following parts: NBEO Examination – A passing score must be obtained on Parts I, II, and the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) of the NBEO examination within the five years prior to application for the state examination. However, said five years period shall be extended to include those immediately preceding years after the applicant has taken and passed the NBEO and during which the applicant was continuously attending a qualified school of optometry. Candidates with NBEO scores before 1993 may substitute a scaled score of at least 75 on the clinical pharmacology section of the clinical sciences part of NBEO examination for the TMOD requirement.

    (a) Part I – a written examination on applicable Florida laws and rules governing the practice of optometry developed by the Florida Department of Health;

    (b) Part II – a practical examination containing a clinical portion and a pharmacology/ocular disease portion developed by the Florida Department of Health;

    (c) Part III – the Applied Basic Science portion of the examination developed by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO); and

    (d) Part IV – the Clinical Science portion of the examination developed by the NBEO.

    (2) An applicant must achieve a passing grade on all four parts of the Florida licensure examination. A score of 84 percent or better must be obtained in order to achieve a passing score on Part I of the Florida licensure examination. A score of 80 percent or better must be obtained on each section of Part II in order to achieve a passing score on Part II of the florida licensure examination. Passing scores for Part III and Part IV of the Florida licensure examination are established by the NBEO. Given constant advances in research and developing knowledge in the area of basic and clinical science as applied to the diagnosis, correction, remedy, and relief of insufficiencies or abnormal conditions of the human eyes and their appendages, passing scores on Part III and Part IV of the Florida licensure examination must be obtained within the 5 year period immediately preceding October 1 of the year that the applicant takes Parts I and II of the Florida licensure examination State Examination.

    (a) The state examination for licensure shall consist of two parts. An applicant shall be required to achieve a passing grade on both Parts I and II of the state examination. Part I of the examination is a written examination, and Part II is a practical examination.

    (b) Part I of the state examination for licensure is an examination on the applicable state laws and rules governing the practice of optometry.

    (c) An applicant must attain a score of 84 percent or better on this examination in order to secure a passing grade on Part I of the examination.

    (3)(d) Part II of the Florida licensure state examination for licensure shall consist of a clinical portion and a pharmacology/ocular disease portion.

    (a)1. The subject areas and associated weights for the clinical portion of Part II the practical examination shall be as follows:

     

    1.a. Confrontation Visual Field Testing for Neurologic Deficit (Finger Counting Visual Field Recognition, Location, and Disease Process)

     

    7-12% 9%

    2.b. Muscle Balance and Motility

    2-7% 4%

    3.c. Pupillary Examination

      8-13% 8%

     

    4.d. Objective Examination (Retinoscopy)

      1-6% 2%

     

    5.e. Subjective Refraction

    1-6% 3%

     

    6.f. Internal Examination by Means of Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy

    15-20% 18.5%

     

    7.g. Biomicroscopy Anterior

    17-22% 21.5%

     

    8.h. Biomicroscopy Posterior (Fundus Lens)

    16-21% 17%

     

    9.i. Goldmann Tonometry

    9-14% 10%

     

    10.j. Gonioscopy

    6-11% 7%

     

     

    (b)2. The grading criteria for each subject area and the points associated with each criterion shall be as follows:

     

    a. Confrontation Visual Field Testing for Neurologic Deficit (Finger Counting and

     

    Visual Field Defect Recognition, Location, and Disease Process) - 1.1. Conducts

     

    specified visual field test in a manner consistent with obtaining accurate findings.

     

    Accurately identify visual field defect name, location, and disease process

    6-11 9

    b. Muscle Balance and Motility Testing - 1.1 Conducts examinations in a manner

     

    That will allow for evaluation of any phoric and or tropic posture, deficiencies

     

    in extra ocular muscles, or cranial nerve paresis

    3-8 4

    c. Pupillary Examination - 1.1 Conducts pupillary tests in a manner consistent with

     

    obtaining accurate findings

    5-10 8

    d. Objective Examination (Retinoscopy) - 1.1. Conducts Retinoscopy in a manner

     

    capable of obtaining a visual acuity of 20/30

    2-7 2

    e. Subjective Refraction - 1.1. Conducts refraction in a manner capable of obtaining

     

    a visual acuity of 20/20

    2-7 3

    f. Internal Examination by Means of Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy - 1.1.

     

    Accurately views and evaluates retinal landmark as requested

    16-21 18.5

    g. Biomicroscopy (Anterior) - 1.1. Uses proper technique to demonstrate requested

     

    views of anterior structures of eye

    20-25 21.5

    h. Biomicroscopy Posterior (Fundus lens.) - 1.1. Accurately views and evaluates

     

    posterior landmarks as requested

    16-21 17

    i. Tonometry - 1.1. Demonstrates accurate technique for the measurement of intra-

     

    ocular pressure

    7-12 10

    j. Gonioscopy - 1.1. Demonstrates accurate technique for identifying angle structures

    4-9 7

     

    (c)3. No change.

    1.a. No change.

    2.b. No change.

    3.c. No change.

    4.d. No change.

    5.e. No change.

    6.f. No change.

    7.g. No change.

    (d)4. No change.

    (e)5. No change.

    1.a. No change.

    2.b. No change.

    3.c. No change.

    4.d. No change.

    5.e. No change.

    6.f. No change.

    7.g. No change.

    8.h. No change.

    (f)6. No change.

    (4)(3) No change.

    Rulemaking Specific Authority 456.017(1)(2), 463.005, 463.006(2) FS. Law Implemented 456.017(1)(2), 463.006(2) FS. History–New 11-13-79, Amended 5-28-80, 7-10-80, 8-20-81, 2-14-82, 6-6-82, 10-3-82, 4-10-84, 5-29-85, Formerly 21Q-4.01, Amended 7-21-86, 11-20-86, 7-27-87, 7-11-88, 7-18-91, 4-14-92, Formerly 21Q-4.001, Amended 2-14-94, Formerly 61F8-4.001, Amended 8-8-94, 11-21-94, 4-21-96, Formerly 59V-4.001, Amended 7-27-99, 7-15-02, 3-8-04,_________.

    NAME OF PERSON ORIGINATING PROPOSED RULE: Board of Optometry

    NAME OF AGENCY HEAD WHO APPROVED THE PROPOSED RULE: Board of Optometry

    DATE PROPOSED RULE APPROVED BY AGENCY HEAD: July 22, 2009 and October 22, 2009

    DATE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT PUBLISHED IN FAW: August 7, 2009

     

Document Information

Comments Open:
2/12/2010
Summary:
The rule specifies the percentage rangers for examination items.
Purpose:
The purpose of this rule amendment is to specify the percentage ranges for the various items in the examination rather than exact percentages in the examination rule.
Rulemaking Authority:
456.017(1)(2), 463.005, 463.006(2) FS.
Law:
456.017(1)(2), 463.006(2) FS.
Contact:
Joe Baker, Jr., Executive Director, Board of Optometry, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C07, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3257
Related Rules: (1)
64B13-4.001. Examination Requirements