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The Certification Examination for Ocularists will be Tuesday afternoon, 1 pm to 5 pm, November 19, 2013, administered and processed by CASTLE Worldwide, Inc. of Raleigh, NC and offered at the J.W. Marriott, New Orleans, 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. 70130, Tel. 504-525-6500, Fax 504-586-1543, in the "JW Marr St. Jerome" room. This is the afternoon on the last day of the ASO (American Society of Ocularists) meeting. Please confirm the exam room when you arrive.
Applications and Information for the 2013 examination is available.
Application Deadline, Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The 2012 CHICAGO NEBO Certification Examination for Ocularists results will not be available until approximately March 31, 2013.
What is a B.C.O.
BOARD CERTIFIED OCULARIST (B.C.O.)
The National Examining Board of Ocularists has achieved the distinction of ‘accreditation’ by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and a member of The Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). Accreditation by the Commission is reserved for only those organizations that meet the most rigid standards of excellence in test development and administration in certification.
The National Examining Board of Ocularists (NEBO) was chartered in November 1980. NEBO currently operates as an independent agency whose primary function is the assessment of competence of ocularists or the professionals who fit and fabricate ocular prostheses (artificial eyes). Candidates, who wish to be awarded the credential B.C.O., must first successfully pass a two-part examination. The NEBO board of directors is comprised of ocularists, members of related professions including ophthalmology, and a member of the public community.
The National Examining Board of Ocularists (NEBO) is chartered to develop, maintain, and administer a certification examination as a means of attesting to the competency of the ocularist. In addition, NEBO issues renewable and dated certificates, and maintains a registry or list of those who are currently certified.
What is an Ocularist?
An ocularist is a carefully trained professional skilled in the science and art of fitting, fabricating and painting ophthalmic prostheses (artificial eyes). In addition to creating it, the ocularist shows the patient how to handle and care for the prosthesis, and provides long-term care through periodic examinations and replacements.
The Title B.C.O.
Those ocularists that have achieved and maintained certification are designated as Board Certified Ocularists, B.C.O. It is the intent of NEBO to provide a national standard that can be used as a measure of competence by interested agencies, groups and individuals.
When deciding who is qualified to serve the patients’ needs, the B.C.O. indicates experience, training, competence and generally many years of experience helping patients or constituents.
The certification examination was designed by studying the work that ocularists do and the knowledge they rely on to perform their work competently. A nationally representative committee of highly qualified certified ocularists carried out such a study to define precise content areas that are important, critical and relevant to the profession. The results of this Role Delineation study are included in a set of specifications for the test. The exam consists of the following two parts:
The written section of the Certification Examination consists of l50 multiple choice questions.
This part of the examination requires that the examinee demonstrate his/her ability to fabricate
the two most commonly encountered types of prostheses:
a: the conventional prosthesis
b: the scleral shell prosthesis
Registration All Board Certified Ocularists, (B.C.O.) must register three years after the date of certification and/or recertification. 50 continuing education credits must be earned four (4) years prior to registration.
Recertification The Board Certified Ocularist, (B.C.O.) must recertify every six years. The recertification process may take one of the two following forms:
Process I accumulate 100 NEBO approved CE credits including 80 category A or B and 20 category A, B and/or C credits (Credits must be earned during a period of seven (7) years prior to July in the year of Recertification). Example: If your Certificate expires June, 2013, you must Recertify in the Fall, 2012. Credits are valid from July, 2005 - July, 2012.
Process II accumulate 300 NEBO approved CE credits including 240 category A or B and 60 category A, B and/or C credits. (Credits must be earned during a period of seven (7) years prior to July in the year of Recertification). Example: If your Certificate expires June, 2013, you must Recertify in the Fall, 2012 Credits are valid from July, 2005-July, 2012.
The National Examining Board of Ocularists shall not discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, sex, color, religion, or national origin, and shall include a statement of this non-discrimination policy on the application and other publications. The responsibility for professional integrity and excellence remains with the ocularist.
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