College of Ocularistry Intern Requirements


Required Credits:

To obtain a diploma, an Intern of the American Society of Ocularists (ASO) College of Ocularistry (COO) must obtain the following credits, from the following categories:

750 required credits:
200 -- 600 level courses
200 -- 700 level
200 – ELE, Experience Level Exams (4)
110 -- 900 level or other 
  40 – Lecture Workshop (Includes three lectures and one written article)

Regarding the Experience Level Exams (ELE):

A series of 4 “Experience Level Exams” are used by the COO to assess the knowledge gained by Interns. Passing these exams is a requirement for graduation. Interns are eligible to take their first, and subsequent ELE’s based on the pathway in which they are enrolled, and their estimated graduation date. Exam Levels I, II and III are offered at every conference. Required, is a minimum of 12 months between the taking of each ELE exam for Supervised Interns and 19 months for Unsupervised Interns*. The only exception is if a student requires a retake, in which case this can be taken at the next available opportunity.

ELE IV is a final practical exam. It is not necessary to wait 12-19 months before taking ELE IV. You can request your ELE IV package six months after successful completion of ELE III.

*Based on previous experience Unsupervised Interns may have shorter testing requirement than 19 months.

Regarding the Workshop Lecture:

During the course of their education, Interns are required to present three oral presentations, all on topics related to the field of ocularistry. The oral presentations must be between three and five minutes in length and are presented during ASO COO Conferences.

Regarding the Written Article:

The article is to be a minimum of 400 words, contain an abstract or summary of the article’s findings (100 words or fewer), be of a subject directly related to ocularistry, contain at least two photographs or illustrations plus a photo caption page (each caption should be labeled with corresponding numbered photo/illustration), have a minimum of two properly constructed references (references should be from journal articles or books, not websites), and an author contact page. Your article is to be submitted as a hard copy or email attachment and sent to the ASO COO Administration. The article must be received 30 days prior to the next conference to be considered for credit during that conference. During the course of their education, Interns are required to write a short professional quality article.




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