2006 Code of Virginia § 54.1-3220 - Certification for administration of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents

54.1-3220. Certification for administration of diagnostic pharmaceuticalagents.

In order to become certified to administer diagnostic pharmaceutical agentsfor the purpose of examining and determining abnormal or diseased conditionsof the human eye or related structures, an optometrist shall:

1. Complete successfully a Board-approved course in general and ocularpharmacology as it relates to the practice of optometry which shall consistof at least fifty-five classroom hours including a minimum of fifteenclassroom hours in general pharmacology, twenty classroom hours in ocularpharmacology and twenty classroom hours of clinical laboratory presented by acollege or university accredited by a regional or professional accreditationorganization which is recognized or approved by the Council on Post SecondaryAccreditation or by the United States Department of Education.

2. Pass a Board-approved, performance-based examination on general and ocularpharmacology designed to test knowledge of the proper use, characteristics,pharmacological effects, indications, contraindications and emergency careassociated with the use of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents as defined inthis article.

(1983, c. 6, 54-386.1; 1988, c. 765; 1996, cc. 365, 436.)

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