FAQs for CE
Questions About CE? We Have Answers.
- CE Course Registration
- Live CE Courses
- Online CE Courses
- Glaucoma Certification
- CE Visitor Information
How can I register and pay for live CE courses?
You may enroll in live CE courses online by visiting CE Courses & Registration.
Are there additional fees associated with enrolling for CE courses online?
No, there is no additional fee to enroll online. However, to enroll via telephone, U.S. mail or fax, there is an additional $10.00 processing fee. Please include this fee with your total payment.
If I did not pre-register for a course, may I still attend and register on the day of class?
Walk-in registrants are always welcome to attend and register on the day of class. However, please be aware that the CE Department may not be able to accommodate you for lunch.
What is your policy on course cancellation?
For all standard continuing education courses, the following policy is in effect in order to utilize your vacated seat:
Any cancellations received within 3 days of the scheduled class will not be due a refund. There are no exceptions.
What is your policy on workshop, lab and grand rounds cancellation?
Due to limited seating available for workshop, lab and live patient grand rounds courses, as well as a much smaller student-teacher ratio, the following policy is in effect in order to utilize your vacated seat:
Any cancellations received within 14 days of the scheduled class will not be due a refund. There are no exceptions.
Live CE Courses
When will I receive my credit letter?
What happens if I have an emergency and must arrive late or leave early during a CE course?
Arrival and departure times will be noted on the sign-in sheet. You will receive credit for each full hour of attendance. Per the California State Board of Optometry requirements, if you arrive 20 minutes after class begins, you will lose one full credit of CE.
Can I bring coffee or food into the lecture halls?
No, sadly. Our academic lecture halls are state-of-the-art and have computer ports installed on each desk. If food or drinks were accidentally spilled into the ports, it would be very expensive to repair. However, you are welcome to bring bottled water into the lecture halls.
Does SCCO offer live continuing education courses during the week?
Yes. The Optometric Clinical Seminars series are offered on Thursday afternoons during the academic year at the VA of Greater Los Angeles locations. Additional seminars are offered on the first Friday of each month at the VA Medical Center of North Las Vegas. For more information about Optometric Clinical Seminars, please visit the VA Clinical Seminars page.
Are SCCO’s live continuing education courses COPE-approved?
No. Because we are an accredited institution, The California State Board of Optometry — as well as most U.S. states — will accept CE units earned at SCCO. It is recommended that you check the requirements with your local state board before enrolling in a course.
How many units of therapeutic coursework are required by the California State Board of Optometry for TPA-certified optometrists?
Of the 50 units required by the California State Board of Optometry for license renewal, 35 units must be therapeutic education with focus on the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease.
Will my earned CE units be submitted to ARBO?
No. It is the responsibility of the optometrist to keep track of units earned. If you need a certificate of completion or transcript and would like information on how to obtain a copy, please see CE Transcript Requests.
Online CE Courses
Does SCCO offer online coursework?
Yes. To enroll in and complete COPE-approved online coursework, please visit the Online Coursework page.
How many units of online coursework will be accepted by the California State Board of Optometry?
Of the 50 units required by the California State Board of Optometry for license renewal, a maximum of 20 units of online coursework will be accepted.
If I do not pass my online exam, can I retake it?
Online exams may be retaken an unlimited number of times for up to one year after enrollment.
I cannot log back into my exam. What should I do?
Please check the receipt you received when you registered for the course. You will be required to enter your unique registration code, as well as your full name. Names must be entered exactly as they were at the time of registration. The online course log-in page is case-sensitive.
If you are still having trouble, please do not register for the course an additional time. If you need assistance, contact the CE Department immediately. Refunds will not be provided for duplicate registrations.
Does SCCO offer other alternative methods for earning CE, such as podcasts, webinars or CDs?
No. At this time, MBKU does not offer alternative methods for earning CE.
What courses are required to become glaucoma-certified?
In order to become glaucoma-certified, you will need to complete the following courses:
- 24-Hour Didactic Course with Exam (if graduation date is prior to May 1, 2000)
- Case Management Course with Exam
- Grand Rounds Course with Live Patients
Who is required to complete the glaucoma certification courses?
Optometrists who graduated before May 1, 2008 must complete the required coursework if they wish to become glaucoma-certified.
Do I have to complete the 24-Hour Didactic Course before taking the Case Management and Grand Rounds courses?
No. There is no specific order in which you must complete each class.
I am currently certified to treat glaucoma outside of California. Will this certification be recognized by the California State Board of Optometry?
No. Glaucoma certifications from other states will not be recognized by the California State Board of Optometry. You must complete the required coursework to become certified in the state of California.
How many units of glaucoma-specific coursework are required by the California State Board of Optometry for glaucoma-certified optometrists?
Of the 50 units required by the California State Board of Optometry for license renewal, 10 units must be glaucoma education.
Where can I find more detailed information about glaucoma certification?
For more information about glaucoma certification, please visit the California State Board of Optometry website.
I am visiting from out of town. Are there any nearby hotels that offer a discount?
Please refer to our CE Visitor Information to learn about nearby hotels and transportation.
Will the MBKU Campus Library be open during CE courses?
The campus library will often be open for visitors during CE courses. However, hours change on a monthly basis. If you would like to know the library hours during a course for which you are in attendance, please visit the registration desk on the day of class to speak with a CE Representative.