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Continuing Education

Join us for a lifetime of learning



One of the goals of Illinois College of Optometry is to provide lifelong education to optometrists. We believe that by enhancing your knowledge base, you will be able to improve the efficiency of your practice, serve your patients better, become a more successful doctor, and thereby strengthen the profession.


The Continuing Education Department offers certified and regular courses both on-campus and online. We offer a variety of topics to choose from, and all courses are submitted for COPE approval. ICO CE is open to all optometrists, not just alumni.

To pay for CE registration by check, download and complete this form.

Upcoming Continuing Education

Fall 2022 Schedule

Eat Your Vegetables!

A Compliance CE Day

Join us for a unique in-person Continuing Education program on Sunday, June 11, 2023.

Many states have implemented various compliance courses that are required for licensure. We will be offering six hours of compliance CE on Sunday, June 11, 2023. This will include all Illinois compliance courses.

Licensed outside of Illinois? Some of these courses are required by other states. Check your licensing requirements to see what is required by your state licensing board.



$30/hour a la carte

$180 for the full day

Tested CE will not be offered for this event.

*Some states have strict limits for virtual CE. If you are not sure about the rules in your state regarding virtual CE, check with your state licensing board.

At this time in Illinois, pre-Covid rules are back in effect; only 4 hours of online CE are allowed. Virtual CE cannot be counted as certified (tested) CE.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

On Site Agenda (all times CST):

7:30 AM Breakfast, Registration, and Check-in 

8:25 AM Welcome and Introduction 

8:30 AM Sexual Harassment - Beth Karmis (1 hour) 

9:30 AM Implicit Bias and Health Equity - Tahira Bedgood, MPH (1 hour) 

10:30 AM Dementia and Cognitive Impairment - Kara Crumbliss, OD (1 hour)

11:30 AM Lunch 

12:30 PM Opioids and Safe Pain Management Raman Bhakhri, OD (3 hours)

For Illinois ODs

2022-2024 Illinois Continuing Education Requirements
Every licensing period, ODs must complete 30 hours of Continuing Education.

  • One hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training is required every licensing period

  • One hour of Implicit Bias training is required every licensing period

  • One hour of Dementia training is required every licensing period

  • Three hours of Opioid/Pain management training is required every licensing period for all licensees holding a controlled substance license.

  • Of these 30 hours, at least 12 hours must be certified (tested) CE that is certified by an approved optometry college, osteopathic or medical college or university, or a pharmacy college. Certified CE can only be earned through classroom (in person) instruction.

Of the remaining 18 hours, 

  • A maximum of 4 hours may be earned through self-instruction (online courses, live or pre-recorded, journal articles, etc.)

  • A maximum of 4 hours may be earned in practice management or business management.

  • A maximum of 1 hour may be earned in CPR certification, provided the course is completed in person.

CE credit hours used to satisfy the CE requirements of another state may be submitted for approval for fulfillment of the CE requirements of the State of Illinois.

Credit shall not be given for courses taken in Illinois from unapproved sponsors except for a CPR course.

Online CE


Our online CE portal offers access to COPE-approved courses developed by leading content experts right here at ICO! Registration is easy. Just click the link below to access our portal and sign up. Once logged in, you’ll have access to ICO’s CE courses anytime, anywhere. Courses are viewable for a full week after purchase, and can be conveniently paused to suit your schedule.

Looking for More?

Missing some continuing education documentation? Fill out the CE Documentation Request Form and email to or fax to 312-949-7383 in order to get the materials you need.

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