The International Academy of Ocularistry (IAO) was established on the principles of advancing professionalism through higher education, evidence-based practices, and research.
To achieve this level of professionalism it is necessary certain criteria must be met by its membership. Three pillars have been established to support the admissions/membership criteria.
The three pillars consist of three types of qualifications. Education, Experience and Certifications.
A total of ten points must be accumulated from at least two of the three pillars. Below is a list of allowed points in each of the addition pillars.
Pillar I: Education
Associate’s degree; 3pts.
Bachelor’s degree; 5pts.
Master’s degree; 6pts.
M.D., O.D., D.O.; 8pts.
NOTE: An international diploma equivalency will have appropriate points awarded based on years of study.
Pillar II: Certifications
National Examining Board of Ocularist; 5pts.
American Society of Ocularist Diploma; 2pts.
Anaplastology Certification (CCA); 3pts.
NOTE: Any Ocularistry certification equivalency will have appropriate points awarded after reviewed and approved by Membership Committee.
Pillar III: Experience
*14,400 hours as practicing Ocularist; 5pts.
21,600 hours as practicing Ocularist; 6pts.
28,800 hours as practicing Ocularist; 7pts.
Practicing Anaplastologist with at least 7,200 hours of Ocularistry; 2pts.
Applicants may submit pertinent materials for consideration by the Membership Committee for additional application points; i.e. Articles, presentations and experiences related to the field of Ocularistry.
All applications are reviewed and scored by the Membership Committee. Any application denied may be subject to appeal with the IAO Board of Trustees.
*30 hours/week for 48 weeks (1440hrs) is equated to 1 year.
Members in Training: Persons who are in an ocularistry training program may apply as Members in Training. There is no application fee for Members in Training, and no dues are required until the Member in Training becomes a full member.
To apply for membership in the International Academy of Ocularistry please check the level of membership for which you would like to apply.
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