College of Ocularistry Intern Requirements


Required Credits:

To obtain a diploma, an Intern of the American Society of Ocularists (ASO) College of Ocularistry (COO) must obtain the following credits, from the following categories:

750 required credits:
200 -- 600 level courses
200 -- 700 level
200 – ELE, Experience Level Exams (4)
110 -- 900 level or other 
  40 – Lecture Workshop (Includes three lectures and one written article)

Regarding the Experience Level Exams (ELE):

A series of 4 “Experience Level Exams” are used by the COO to assess the knowledge gained by Interns. Passing these exams is a requirement for graduation. Interns are eligible to take their first, and subsequent ELE’s based on the pathway in which they are enrolled, and their estimated graduation date. Exam Levels I, II and III are offered at every conference. Required, is a minimum of 12 months between the taking of each ELE exam for Supervised Interns and 19 months for Unsupervised Interns*. The only exception is if a student requires a retake, in which case this can be taken at the next available opportunity.

ELE IV is a final practical exam. It is not necessary to wait 12-19 months before taking ELE IV. You can request your ELE IV package six months after successful completion of ELE III.

*Based on previous experience Unsupervised Interns may have shorter testing requirement than 19 months.

Regarding the Workshop Lecture:

During the course of their education, Interns are required to present three oral presentations, all on topics related to the field of ocularistry. The oral presentations must be between three and five minutes in length and are presented during ASO COO Conferences.

Regarding the Written Article:

During the course of their education Interns are required to write a short professional-quality article.  The subject of the article must pertain to ocularistry. 

The requirements for the article are as follows:

1.       Minimum length of 400 words.
2.       An abstract (a brief summary of the article in less than 100 words)
3.       A list of Key Words.
4.       There should be at least two Figures, either photographs or illustrations.
5.       A Figure Caption Page that states the number of each Figure and corresponding  caption.
6.       At least 3 references.  The references must be from books or journal articles, be properly constructed, and cited within the body of the article.
7.       An author contact page that gives the author’s mailing address and either an e-mail address or phone number.

Please note that an article must be received thirty days prior to a conference to be counted for that conference.  Articles may be sent as a hard copy or e-mail attachment.  Send articles to:

                                                  Joseph LeGrand, BCO, BADO

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