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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

2023 ICO-University of Chicago Annual Symposium: Neuro-ophthalmic and Orbital Disease

Join us virtually or in person for the 2023 ICO-University of Chicago Annual Symposium: Neuro-ophthalmic and Orbital Disease.

We will be offering 4 hours of COPE accredited, IL Tested CE on Sunday, April 2, 2023.


In-Person Attendance: $120

Illinois Tested CE Exam Fee (In person only): $30/day

Virtual Attendance: $100


Leonard Messner, OD; Jeff Nichols, MD, Hassan Shah, MD, and Wendy Stone, OD

*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, April 2, 2023

On Site Agenda (all times CST):

8:00 AM Light Breakfast, Registration, and Check-in

8:55 AM Welcome and Introduction

9:00 AM Session 1

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Session 2

11:45 AM Brunch

1:00 PM Case Presentations and Panel Discussion

2:00 PM Program Concludes

Virtual Agenda (all times CST):

9:00-10:15 AM Session 1 

10:30-11:45 AM Session 2

1:00-2:00 PM Case Presentations and Panel Discussion

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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