Clarifies the status of certain persons exempt from optometrist license requirements.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law, in relation to clarifying the status of certain persons exempt from optometrist license requirements
This bill amends Section 7105 of the Education law to allow an optometry student to engage in clinical practice under supervision of a licensed optometrist or physician who attended an approved school of optometry.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill amends subdivision a of section 7105 of the education law to allow a student of optometry to do clinical work under the supervision of a licensed optometrist or physician contingent upon the student being trained in an approved school of optometry.
Currently, optometry students are only permitted to do supervised clinical work in New York if they have attended a school of optometry registered in the State of New York by the Department of Education. This requirement precludes any student who attended an accredited school of optometry outside of New York from participating in any clinical programs located in New York State. If the student has completed the required curriculum they should not be prevented from a position in New York based upon the location of the educational facility they attended. This is particularly difficult for those students who are residents of New York State and attended an out of state optometric school. The current statute would discourage residents from returning to their home state to begin a practice and contribute to the state's revenue base.
The bill takes effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7820 IN SENATE June 27, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to clarifying the status of certain persons exempt from optometrist license requirements THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision a of section 7105 of the education law, as added by chapter 987 of the laws of 1971, is amended to read as follows: a. A student from engaging in clinical practice under supervision of a licensed optometrist or physician in
[a]AN APPROVED school of optometry [in this state registered by the department]; or S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15296-01-2