August 19, 2019 Feature

Arkansas Expands Scope of Practice for Optometrists

By Sherie L. Edwards

The term “scope of practice” is defined as “. . . the services that a qualified health professional is deemed competent to perform, and permitted to undertake—in keeping with the terms of their professional license” (https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/scope-of-practice/). Health care professionals, from radiologic technicians to physicians, are regulated by their respective state medical boards. These boards, and in many cases state legislatures, set the parameters for services, treatments, and procedures that a health care professional can perform without stepping outside the bounds of his or her license. These same boards establish both the basic education required to obtain a license and the continuing education (CE or CME) requirements to maintain licensure.

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