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To be licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist, you must qualify either by internship or by reciprocity. Whether you are required to complete a six-month internship depends on whether you hold a current optometry license in another jurisdiction, how long you have practiced in that jurisdiction, and whether that jurisdiction has licensure standards that are equal to Delaware’s standards.
You must complete a six-month internship if:
If you do not meet any of the criteria above, you may apply for a Therapeutic Optometrist license by reciprocity. Since Delaware issues only Therapeutic Optometrist licenses, the Board will evaluate both the basic licensure standards and standards of therapeutic practice of the jurisdiction where you are licensed. It is possible that the basic licensure standards are equivalent to those of Delaware, but the standards of therapeutic practice are not. If the Board determines that you do not meet the requirements for reciprocity, you will have to complete a six-month internship under the supervision of a Delaware-license doctor before getting licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist. If it is determined that you must do the 6-month internship, you will follow the directions on this page and apply in DELPROS, the online portal.
The internship period starts the day after the Board approves it. The period must consist of at least 35 hours per week for at least six months. One or more doctors approved by the Board must supervise you throughout the period. It is your responsibility to select a supervising doctor. In making your selection, note the following:
If more than one doctor will be supervising you, the Board must approve all of them. A supervising doctor:
Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.
In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. These forms usually require a signature, seal, or notary, therefore, must be mailed into the Board office directly. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.
In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).
The following requirements are required in order to be approved for your six-month internship and for your full Therapeutic Optometrist licensure, with the exception of the documents needed from your supervising doctor(s) proving you have completed your internship hours.
In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit: