Optometrist — A license is required to practice optometry in Nebraska. An optometrist examines, diagnoses and treats conditions of the visual system. They prescribe corrective procedures and conserve, improve and correct vision through the use of lenses, contact lenses, prisms, orthotopic exercises, visual training and controlled visual environment. Optometrists examine patients for visual pathology or manifestations of disease and refer patients with pathological conditions to a medical practitioner and/or treat the condition if certified to do so.
DEA Registration Information
An individual that will be prescribing controlled substances in the state of Nebraska must obtain a DEA registration.
Credentialing Information for Military Spouses
Two means of qualification for an optometry license in Nebraska:
Examination: Those who have just graduated from an accredited school or college of Optometry. Reciprocity: Those who are currently licensed in another state or jurisdiction.
Applicants must pass a jurisprudence examination that relates to the statutes and regulations that govern optometry. The minimum score is 60 percent or above.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
Applicants must submit fingerprints to the Nebraska State Patrol. The State Patrol will forward the results of the background check to DHHS. Please read the following instructions for this procedure carefully.
In addition to general license information, this version of the data contains federal controlled substances registration numbers and expiration dates for health care providers that hold a Nebraska license and have submitted proof of holding such federal registration. Federal controlled substances registrant information is validated on licenses at the time of issuance and updated on a quarterly basis.
Federal Controlled Substance Registrant
List of acceptable continuing education:
Examples of unacceptable subject matter include, but are not limited to, education provided by a business entity for the purpose of promotion of their products or services.Retain all documentation of continuing education activities completed for the renewal of your credential for at least four years.
***Do NOT submit continuing education certificates to this office unless they are requested***
ReinstatementIn order to reinstate your license, you must submit:
DHHS Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 1st Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.