The SAO has developed a series of four Two Hour Modules to help advanced certified optical professionals add a new skill set to their tool belts. This certification course has been created to help them enter the ophthalmic telehealth industry as a “SAO Certified Visual Assessment Specialist". The cost of (a) taking Modules #2, #3, and #4, (c) sitting for the final exam, and becoming a SAO Certified “Visual Assessment Specialist” (VAS) has a fee of $199. You will need to renew your VAS certification after seven years by taking a required refresher module course, the re-certification shall be renewed for an appropriate fee as determined by the SAO. If you are interested, please fill out the VAS Course Application Form and mail it to address found on form.
Module titles for each of the four modules:
# 1 Why and For Whom the SAO is creating “Visual Assessment Specialist” certification
# 2 Why Gathering Patient History is Important
# 3 Reasons behind each part of a complete exam
# 4 How to Communicate Effectively and build TRUST with the Doctor and Patient
This Visual Assessment Specialist certification course has a one-time fee. All advanced certified optical professionals are qualified to take the final exam. If someone wishes to take the full course before they are qualified to sit for the final exam, they can take the course, but will not be allowed to take the final exam and become an SAO certified “Visual Assessment Specialist”. Once a qualified individual successfully completes the four modules and passes the final exam, they will be able to add this new credential to their professional tool belt.
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All Advanced Credentialed Ophthalmic Professionals and only Advanced Certified Ophthalmic Professionals that are interested in earning this new and advanced level certification in Ophthalmic Telehealth as an SAO certified "Visual Assessment Specialist" need to sign-up for our series of telehealth training courses available in the near future. The cost, which includes both the training and testing to become a certified "Visual Assessment Specialist", is being offered at a cost of $199. If you are ready to be one of the first to become a leader in the "Ophthalmic Telehealth" industry register now. Act now!
The Certification Testing is currently available to the following advanced certified optical professionals: (cost $199.00)
COTs, COMTs, Advanced Certified Paraoptometric Techs (CPOT), ABOC-ACs, ABOMs, NCLE-ACs, and Ophthalmic Opticians (O.O.).
Questions? Call Sam Johnson, O.O.
(512) 657-2020 cell