Massachusetts Board of Optometry CE Requirements

About MSO CE

Optometrists in Massachusetts must complete eighteen (18) hours of continuing education (CE) annually to renew their license. These hours must be either COPE-approved, State Board-approved or given by a continuing education entity. Currently, the only State Board-approved entities are:  New England College of Optometry, Massachusetts College of Health Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Optometry, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School.

Anyone certified to treat glaucoma and orals must make certain that three of the yearly eighteen hours are in glaucoma continuing education.   

MSO CE courses are all COPE-approved unless otherwise indicated.

State Board regulations state that optometrists can only be credited for up to six (6) CE hours in the combination of the following areas: CPR, child abuse recognition, infection control, office procedures, record keeping, legislation or optometric statutes and regulations.

No more than six (6) CE hours can be credited for distance-based courses such as a webinar or journal article.

All eighteen (18) hours of CE credit must be completed by December 31st of each year. Please use this link if you have additional questions or concerns.