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    Many schools require an undergraduate degree, but...

    Many schools require an undergraduate degree, but there remain some who require 90 Semester hours of credit only according to ASCO.
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    Many Optometry schools have accepted the AAS...

    Many Optometry schools have accepted the AAS Degrees in Opticianry, but there are also requirements beyond just that, and it will take a good 60 semester hours of academic work beyond that to...
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    There are schools that would take the...

    There are schools that would take the degree/coursework, but it would not count for as much as you might think. All schools do not require a BS degree, but they will require at least 90 semester...
  4. George, that is good to know. If you listen to...

    George, that is good to know. If you listen to folks on Optiboard salaries are very low there, and in my travels......and you have been to most of these meetings. the major complaint has always been...
  5. How would you know they are gifted? How would you...

    How would you know they are gifted? How would you judge?

    You know, you have a great attitude. I want to help you. I want to see you succeed, because we need people who want to truly learn, and...
  6. Texas is one of the worst paying states....

    Texas is one of the worst paying states. Opticians in NYS, once licensed, are in the 50-60K range, and even higher if in management roles. I do not mean to burst your bubble, but the good ones do not...
  7. The State of NY goes well beyond the ABO. It...

    The State of NY goes well beyond the ABO. It requires a state license. It will take a number of years for you to accomplish that in NYS. You can find a plethora of information on this link:...
  8. The ABO/NCLE is a national certification, and not...

    The ABO/NCLE is a national certification, and not specific to Texas. It is recognized in every state, but keep in mind it is voluntary as are most certifications. There are 21 states that require a...
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    The independent market has declined significantly...

    The independent market has declined significantly over the years here, and it will be far less than 18%, but vary from state-to-state. I suspect overall it wll be less than10%.
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    Link will not work either, Barry, but I saw it on...

    Link will not work either, Barry, but I saw it on LinkedIn as well. A good read. I cannot find it now, or would try myself. Should cause some discussion here.
  11. Thank you again for your ongoing support of...

    Thank you again for your ongoing support of education for Opticians. Your presentations are always excellent.
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    Times have really changed. Sorry to see this.

    Times have really changed. Sorry to see this.
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    That is not false. The ABO/NCLE is now completely...

    That is not false. The ABO/NCLE is now completely online at testing centers across the nation. That has been widely publicized and a controversial topic, so I assumed a was well known.
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    Sorry, but the ABO is an acronym for American...

    Sorry, but the ABO is an acronym for American Board of Opticianry. Their NATIONAL Opticianry Competency Exam (NCOE) is now used by many states as the licensing exam, including California. Testing...
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    The state uses the ABO/NCLE as the licensing...

    The state uses the ABO/NCLE as the licensing exam. They ARE examinations done online. What is not clear. Pass those two, send in the application and it is done.
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    I was under the impression that Optician's...

    I was under the impression that Optician's licensure in Ca was now under the OD Board. Is that not the case? I believe that changed from the Medical Board a few years ago. Please correct me if I am...
  17. See Ted's post above again regarding more...

    See Ted's post above again regarding more specific protocols.
  18. Dr. K the average patient does not receive a...

    Dr. K the average patient does not receive a complete exam every year, as suggested, only approximately every 2.3 years as you are aware. If they come in for sight testing, and at least have that...
  19. Not sure, but a good question!

    Not sure, but a good question!
  20. Ignorant? Hardly, and certainly not incorrect. I...

    Ignorant? Hardly, and certainly not incorrect. I will not stoop to personal insults, and just agree to disagree. Have wonderful day.
  21. Yes, we will cause cancer by doing these kind of...

    Yes, we will cause cancer by doing these kind of refractions, and Opticians are too stupid to be able to know when to refer based on established protocols, right? ODs have been accused of...
  22. Another invaluable educational tool, John. In a...

    Another invaluable educational tool, John. In a field that has such limited educational opportunities, your videos are a great resource. Thanks to you and LaramyK.
  23. Thanks, Chris. I knew of those details, but I...

    Thanks, Chris. I knew of those details, but I wonder if it has hurt the bottom line if the ODs. Are they seeing less patients? I have not been able to find detailed evidence of that anywhere in the...
  24. Of course there are factors related to health,...

    Of course there are factors related to health, but much of that is scare tactics, Chris, and not really what the OP was asking. Has it affected ODs in BC? I have not seen any indication it has but...
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    With a Bachelor's degree, some may consider you...

    With a Bachelor's degree, some may consider you over qualified for this position. Think beyond that. Look into practice management, etc.
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