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  • Summary date: Mar 27 2015 - View Summary

    Amends the qualifications for applicants for the exam for dispensing opticians to reduce the number of required years in an apprenticeship and adds requirements for exam applicants who hold a four-year degree or comparable degree in a health-related field. Requires that the exam (was, allows the exam) to include any nationally prepared and recognized exam and requires the adoption of rules designating the nationally prepared and recognized exam that satisfies and serves as credit for the state exam. Specifies conditions under which the required internship may occur before or after sitting for the exam.

    Amends GS 90-245 to allow the North Carolina State Board of Opticians (Board) administrator, instead of the Secretary, to collect fees. 

    Increases the fees charged by the Board and adds fees for the registration of an optician in charge, a late fee for restoration of an expired license, a late fee for restoration of an expired license within the second year after expiration, and a restoration fee for an inactive license within the second year.

    Amends GS 90-249 to add to the Board's duties designating accredited colleges, universities, and coursework that satisfies the qualifications for examination.