Continuing Education

Join us for a lifetime of learning.

One of the missions of the 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 CE Program (All times CST):

All Things OCT!


Friday, November 12, 2021 (6 hours; Virtual Only)

Pricing: $25 a la carte per course

Full day: 120 (save 20%)

9:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction: Leonard Messner, OD, James Fanelli, OD; Joseph Pizzimenti, OD 

10:00 a.m. 
A Primer on OCT Interpretation; Nathan Lighthizer, OD (1 hour)


10:50 a.m.


11:00 a.m.
Diabetes: New Testing and Treatment for Retinopathy; Nathan Lighthizer, OD
(1 hour) 

11:50 a.m.
Break with Virtual Exhibitors 

12:10 p.m.
Papilledema Versus Pseudopapilledema Leonard Messner, OD (1 hour)

1:10 p.m.
The Neurotrophic Cornea; Cecelia Koetting, OD (1 hour)

2:00 p.m.
Break with Exhibitors

2:20 p.m.
An Organized Approach to Using OCT in Glaucoma James Fanelli, OD (1 hour)

3:10 p.m.

Short Break


3:20 p.m.
A Journey to the Peripheral Retina Mohammad Rafieetary, OD (1 hour)

4:15 p.m.

Program Concludes

Saturday, November 13, 2021 (6 hours; Hybrid)

8:30 a.m.

Chris Borgman, OD - Round 1: Neuro brain teaser cases (2 hours)

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Chris Borgman, OD - Round 2: Neuro brain teaser cases (2 hours)

12:45 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Tahira Bedgood, MS - Public Health and Health Care Disparities (2 hours)

3:30 p.m.

Program Concludes

Sunday, November 14, 2021 (6 hours; Hybrid)

8:30 a.m.

Neera Kappor, OD - Concussion and Vision: Evidence-based Evaluation and Management Part 1 (2 hours)

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Neera Kappor, OD - Concussion and Vision: Evidence-based Evaluation and Management Part 2 (2 hours)

12:45 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Valerie Kattouf, OD - iStrain: What Effect do Today's Tablets and Devices Have on Vision? (2 hours)

3:30 p.m.

Program Concludes


  • Virtual Pricing: $50 a la carte courses

  • Full Day: $120 (save 20%)

  • In Person: $175 per day (full day only, no a la carte for in person attendance)​

More information about our future CE Events is coming soon.

For Illinois ODs

On Thursday, November 12, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced that Illinois Optometrists may complete all 30 hours of their CE online. No Tested CE will be required for the 2020-2022 licensing period. Please see the notice for details. All online CE must be sponsored by an Illinois licensed CE provider to count for CE credit.

CE Requirements for the Illinois 2020-2022 Licensing Period:


30 hours are required for renewal:

• Of which, no more than four (4) hours can be practice management

• One (1) hour of an in-person CPR course may be counted towards your regular hours. The course must be certified by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, an Illinois licensed hospital, an approved medical or optometric institution, or a licensed CE sponsor. CPR is not required for licensure.

• One (1) hour of sexual harassment CE must be taken by all licensed optometrists.

• Three (3) hours of safe opioid prescribing CE must be taken by all optometrists who hold a Controlled Substance license.

• First time licensees are exempt from CE requirements at the time of their first renewal with the three-hour opioid CE requirement for those who hold a controlled substance license, even if this is the first renewal.


These requirements are in effect for the 2020-2022 licensing period only. The IDFPR may change these rules before the renewal period is over.


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.