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Accreditation guide for an Opticianry Degree Program (.pdf file)

Accreditation guide for a Ophthalmic Laboratory Program (.pdf file)

Annual Report (Fall 2017) in Word
        The fall due date is August 15, 2017.
You must submit one complete electronic copy. If the report includes a document that is not available online and is too large to scan, scan only the pages that are applicable to the annual report and attach them to the report. The first page with signatures must have actual signatures and be scanned into the computer for e-mail submission.

Annual Statistics are now page 3 of the annual report. Programs on the spring annual report list will now file statistics with their reports in the spring. This requirement must be met even if an annual report is not required because of a recent self-study and on-site.

Application for Accreditation/Reaccreditation -- Degree
        Fill out this word document, obtain signatures, and e-mail it to the Director.
        Workshop for the self-study and on-site process.
The last several slides in this presentation contain links to every document that is applicable to the entire process, including a sample self-study and the degree on-site evaluator’s check-off list.

Application for Accreditation/Reaccreditation -- Laboratory Certificate
        Fill out this word document, obtain signatures, and e-mail it to the Director.
        Workshop for the self-study and on-site process.
The last several slides in this presentation contain links to every document that is applicable to the entire process, including a sample self-study and the degree on-site evaluator’s check-off list.

By-Laws (.pdf file)

Essentials for an Ophthalmic Laboratory Program (.pdf file)

Essentials for an Opticianry Degree Program (.pdf file)

Evaluator's Handbook (.pdf file)

Evaluator's Check List for the Opticianry Degree. (.pdf file)

Evaluator's Check List for the Ophthalmic Laboratory Certificate. (.pdf file)

Expense form (Reimbursement form)

Policies and Procedures (.pdf file)

Safety and Environmental Checklist (.pdf file), or
Safety and Environmental Checklist Word form that can be filled out and saved or printed, thanks to Tom Schulz.

Self Study and on-site materials:
Strategic Plan, fall 2015.

Summary of major actions at semi-annual meetings:
        April 2017, (.pdf file)
        March 2016, (.pdf file)         October 2016, (.pdf file)
        March 2015, (.pdf file)       September 2015, (.pdf file)
        March 2014, (.pdf file)       September 2014, (.pdf file)
        April 2013, (.pdf file)         September 2013, (.pdf file)
        April 2012, (.pdf file)         September 2012, (.pdf file)
        April 2011, (.pdf file)         October 2011, (.pdf file)
        April 2010, (.pdf file)         October 2010, (.pdf file)





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Debra White, Director of Accreditation
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Canton NY, 13617
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