Governor Pete Ricketts announced the end of Nebraska's coronavirus state of emergency. The Governor issued the state of emergency declaration on March 13, 2020. It officially ended at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The Governor issued Executive Order (EO) 21-09 to rescind pandemic-related executive orders. With a few exceptions, the coronavirus executive orders will expire on July 30, 2021, which is thirty days after the state of emergency ends. Full text of EO 21-09 is available by clicking here.
Continuing Competency Waiver Information
Optometrist — A license is required to practice optometry in Nebraska. An optometrist examines, diagnoses and treats conditions of the visual system. He or she prescribes corrective procedures and conserves, improves and corrects vision. This is done 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. They refer patients with pathological conditions to a medical practitioner and/or treat the condition if certified to do so.
DEA Registration Information
Anyone who 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 governing 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 who 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.