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Paraoptometric resources build skills, keep staff up-to-date

October 24, 2013

The Paraoptometric Skill Builder® online training program, one of many education tools offered by the AOA Paraoptometric Section (PS), now offers staff training for seasoned optometric staff with the release of the Advanced Level 3 program.

All three levels of the Paraoptometric Skill Builder® program (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) are available on CD.

The Beginner Level 1 is also available free online as a Paraoptometric Section member benefit and will continue to be offered as a free member benefit to all AOA member optometrists and their paraoptometrics/ staff beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

Learn more by searching “Paraoptometric Skill Builder” at www.aoa.org.

The Advanced Level 3 is supported through an education grant from Vistakon.

“The courses are organized, accurate, and most importantly easy to understand,” said Amanda Tivoli, Clarksville Eyecare, Clarksville, Tenn. “I would highly recommend this program for anyone working in the optometry field.”

The PS also now offers an Education and Product Directory on aoa.org that outlines detailed information about all available staff development and certification preparation study materials. Visit http://www.AOA.org > Paraoptometrics > Tools and Resources.

Remember: AOA bylaws changes will provide access to AOA membership for paraoptometrics beginning Jan. 1, 2014, at no additional membership cost to AOA-member doctors or their paraoptometrics /staff.

Staff will have access to continuing education, billing and coding webinars, members-only AOA Web pages, reduced registration fees for Optometry’s Meeting® and many other benefits tailored specifically to their needs.

AOA member optometrists will be able to enroll their staff during the fourth quarter of 2013.
Watch aoa.org for updates on and information about enrolling staff before the end of 2013 so they can begin using their member benefits starting Jan. 1, 2014.

For questions regarding enrollment, email PRC@aoa.org or call 314-983-4108.

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