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Call/email your lawmaker to help 2020 optometry graduates be allowed to practice
Call or email your lawmaker and ask him or her request that the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issue a temporary licensure waiver to enable 2020 graduates of accredited California schools of optometry to practice for the next six months without having to take the National Board test. Students would be required to take the test after the six month period.
 
As a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis, optometric students graduating in May, 2020 are unable to obtain licensure. The NBEO national test center has been closed. While the NBEO is expected to open soon, many students do not feel safe to travel all the way across county during a pandemic.

The governor gave the DCA Director the authority to waive licensure rules but denied COA and the colleges waiver request. Only political pressure from the State Legislature will make this happen.
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