Experience Level Examinations (ELE) are a requirement for apprentices and associates enrolled in the Education Program of the American Society of Ocularists (ASO). The format for ELE 1, 2 and 3 consists of 50 multiple choice questions (MCQ) related to knowledge and experience expected after completion of one, two, and three years of experience and are given at the annual and midyear meetings of the ASO.
Upon successful completion of ELE 1, 2, or 3, the next level ELE can be taken no sooner than one year. If one does not pass ELE, it can be taken at the next meeting (6 months) but if successfully completed will require the next level ELE be taken no sooner than one year.
ELE 4 is a practical, hands-on exam which requires you to: 1) fit, fabricate and deliver a custom prosthesis; 2) take specified color photo¬graphs of this patient/case; 3) make a mold of the finished prosthesis and fabricate a clear duplicate of the final prosthesis shape; and 4) supply certain written information about this case. See the end of this document for full details.
Eligibility requirements for ELE 1, 2, 3 and 4 are as follows:
ELE 1: Completion of 2,000 hours of experience
ELE 2: Completion of 4,000 hours of experience
ELE 3: Completion of 6,000 hours of experience
ELE 4: Completion of ELE 3
Hours of experience will be based on when the apprentice/associate enrolls in the ASO Education program and shall be verified by the ASO Membership Committee and the ASO Education Committee.
ELE 1 will test basic knowledge of the following subjects: History, Terminology, Anatomy/Physiology, Etiology/Pathology, Surgical Procedures/Implants, Office/Lab Hygiene, Lab Materials, Lab Safety, and ASO Bylaws and Rules.
ELE 1 will test for experience with the following subjects: Dental Stone Investments, Polishing, and Polymerization.
ELE 2 will test for intermediate knowledge and experience of the subjects listed for ELE 1 and shall also include the following subjects: Patient Evaluation, Painting and Fabrication
ELE 3 will test for advanced knowledge and experience of the subjects listed for ELE 1 and 2 and shall also include the following subjects: Fitting prosthetic eyes and scleral shells
The test format for ELE 3 will include MCQs based on photographs, illustrations, or diagrams of ocularist related subjects.
Click here to download the ELE STUDY GUIDE.
This guide is created for ASO members, specifically Apprentices and Associates. Click here to go to the RESOURCE GUIDE page (member login required).