Chapter 2. Further Licensing Requirements . Establishment
of Training Program and Special Fee
Minimum requirements; disciplinary action in another state
Sec. 1. (a) The minimum requirements which must be fulfilled
before an applicant will be permitted to take an examination for a
license to practice optometry in Indiana are as follows:
(1) Applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
(2) Applicant must not have a conviction for:
(A) an act which would constitute a ground for disciplinary
sanction under IC 25-1-9; or
(B) a crime that has a direct bearing on the applicant's ability
to practice competently.
(3) Applicant must be a graduate of a commissioned high
(4) Applicant must be a graduate from a college of optometry
under one (1) of the following conditions:
(A) Graduation prior to March 5, 1951, or attendance at or
matriculation in a college of optometry whose requirements
for graduation were equivalent to those required by the
Indiana state board of registration and examination in
optometry at the time of such matriculation.
(B) Two (2) years of preoptometry or two (2) years of
premedicine in a college of arts and science whose credits
will be accepted by a university having a college or school
of optometry, and at least four (4) years of optometry in a
college of optometry using university standards.
(b) The board may not issue a license to an applicant who has
been disciplined by the licensing entity of another state or
jurisdiction, if it appears to the satisfaction of the board that the
disciplinary action taken against the applicant by the licensing entity
of the other state or jurisdiction was warranted due to the applicant's
inability to practice optometry without endangering the public.
(Formerly: Acts 1951, c.190, s.1; Acts 1972, P.L.187, SEC.2; Acts
1973, P.L.252, SEC.11.) As amended by Acts 1981, P.L.222,
SEC.183; Acts 1982, P.L.113, SEC.63; P.L.169-1985, SEC.85;
Program for training optometrists
Sec. 2. There is hereby created a program for the training of
optometrists at Indiana University, said program to be established by
the trustees of said University and to be effective when adequate
funds for the establishment of said program are made available by
the optometrists of the state of Indiana through the Indiana
Optometric Association, Inc., or otherwise.
(Formerly: Acts 1951, c.190, s.2.)
Additional fees for university support
Sec. 3. In addition to the biennial licensure fee provided for by
IC 25-24-1-1, each licensed optometrist, at the time of payment of
the biennial licensure fee each even-numbered year, shall pay to the
Indiana professional licensing agency an additional fee of thirty-four
dollars ($34), which shall be deposited in an optometry school
account of the state general fund, and all such fees so deposited shall,
before the following July 2, be paid to Indiana University to be used
by it for the advancement of optometrical research and the
maintenance and support of the department in which the science of
optometry is taught at the university. A sufficient amount to pay the
same is appropriated annually out of such account in the general fund
of the state treasury not otherwise appropriated.
(Formerly: Acts 1951, c.190, s.3.) As amended by Acts 1977,
P.L.172, SEC.41; Acts 1981, P.L.229, SEC.3; Acts 1981, P.L.222,
SEC.184; P.L.169-1985, SEC.86; P.L.1-2006, SEC.460.