How to Apply to The ASO College of Ocularistry

Thank you for your interest in the American Society of Ocularists College of Ocularistry. Individuals wishing to enroll into the American Society of Ocularists College of Ocularistry Intern Program must contact the ASO Executive Director for an application. Applicants can apply as a Supervised or Unsupervised Intern. Supervised Interns require an ASO Board Approved Diplomate (BADO) Supervisor.

-Choose the Intern category that applies to your situation.

-Complete & return the application along with your application fee of $500

  • Only applications received prior to the deadline will reviewed
  • Applications are reviewed twice per year at the ASO COO Conferences
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee of the College.
  • Applicants who meet the criteria will be recommended to the ASO COO Administration
  • The ASO Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of the Administration of the College, will provide final approval for acceptance into the College.

Intern (Supervised)

Must be received by March 11, 2019 to be reviewed at the Annual Confrence in Chicago.

Persons who have secured a training position with an ASO Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist (BADO) may apply, as a Supervised Intern (SI), to the College of Ocularistry. A Supervised Intern must devote 100% of his/her normal working hours, training and practicing as a student Ocularist under the direct supervision of an ASO Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist (BADO). Normal working hours, as defined by the ASO College of Ocularistry, is no less than 35 hours per week. A Supervised Intern must be enrolled and actively participating as a student in the ASO College of Ocularistry in pursuit of the ASO COO diploma. A total of ten thousand (10,000) hours are required to complete the program. The Intern’s supervisor is required annually to report to the College the number of hours trained/worked each year.Two thousand (2,000) hours per year allows the Intern to graduate in five (5) years. One thousand seven hundred and fifty hours (1,750) per year allows the Intern to graduate in six (6) years. Academic credits are accumulated by attending ASO College Conferences offered bi-annually. A total of seven hundred and fifty (750) COO education credits are required to graduate. A SI cannot graduate from the program in less than five (5) years. Interns are required to accumulate the necessary credits and hours of training needed to graduate in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the ASO College of Ocularistry.

Please note that Supervisors are not arranged by the College. ASO, BADO members determine whether they would be able to take on an Intern. A person seeking training must contact BADOs in their area and locate someone who is willing to provide the required training. For people willing and able to relocate, opportunities would increase. If relocation is possible, we suggest attending one of the bi-annual ASO College Conferences to let yourself be known to as many Ocularists as possible. Before applying to the ASO College of Ocularistry, ensure that you have read the Charter of the College of Ocularistry at www.ocularist.org.

Download the Intern Supervised Application here

Intern (Unsupervised)

Must be received by March 11, 2019 to be reviewed at the Annual Confrence in Chicago.

Persons presently working in ocularistry without the benefit of an ASO Board Approved Diplomate (BADO) Supervisor may apply as an Unsupervised Intern (UI) to the ASO College of Ocularistry. An Unsupervised Intern must devote 100% of his or her normal working hours to training and practicing as an Ocularist. Normal working hours, as defined by the ASO College of Ocularistry, is no less than 35 hours per week.

An Unsupervised Intern must be enrolled and actively participating as a student in the ASO College of Ocularistry in pursuit of the ASO COO diploma. A total of sixteen thousand (16,000) hours* are required to complete the program. The Intern is required annually to report to the College the number of hours trained/worked each year.  Academic credits are accumulated by attending ASO College Conferences offered bi-annually. A total of seven hundred and fifty (750) credit hours are required to graduate. The UI can graduate from the program no sooner than five (5) years. *

*Note. Credit for previous ocularist training/work experience may be given to Unsupervised Interns upon enrollment into the ASO College of Ocularistry. This previous training/work credit may reduce the required training time from sixteen (16,000) hours to as low as ten thousand (10,000) hours, however under no circumstances will the required training be less than 10,000 hours or 5 years. Interns are required to accumulate the necessary credits and hours of training needed to graduate in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the ASO College of Ocularistry.
This information and documentation must be provided with your application for entry into the ASO College of Ocularistry. Before applying to the ASO College of Ocularistry, ensure that you have read the Charter of the College of Ocularistry at www.ocularist.org

Download the intern Unsupervised Application Here


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