Certified Paraoptometric (CPO)
A CPOTM is a person who has attained national recognition via certification by demonstrating an understanding of the concepts used in optometric care.
What tasks does a Certified Paraoptometric (CPOTM) perform?
The CPOTM typically carries out a wide variety of front desk procedures such as scheduling appointments, recalling patients, handling insurance forms, accepting payments, and screening telephone calls. They may also be trained in the different styles of eyewear, frame repair and adjusting, office materials purchasing, and other duties of a non-technical nature.
This is a general description of the duties that a paraoptometric with a minimum of six months of full-time experience could be expected to perform. It is not meant to be a full description, nor restriction, of the duties that an employer may require or allow a CPO to perform. Scope of practice is controlled by each state's legislature. To get a better understanding of your state's laws and any restrictions, please contact your state's optometric association.
View the application, fee and eligibility requirements.
View the Recertification Requirements
What's the examination about?
The CPOTM examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions related to basic science, clinical principles and procedures, ophthalmic optics and dispensing, and professional issues.
What content do I need to study?
The following outline includes a brief explanation of the areas covered on the CPOTM examination (refer to the Certified Candidate Handbook for the full outline).
Basic Science (29%)—Anatomy, common eye disorders, terminology, surgery, and basic pharmacology
Clinical Principles and Procedures (37%)—Eye examination, refractive status, and contact lenses
Ophthalmic Optics and Dispensing (18%)—Ophthalmic prescriptions, ophthalmic lenses, and ophthalmic dispensing
Professional Issues (16%)—Eyecare specialists and ancillary personnel and practice management
Suggested Study Materials
CPO Certification Study Bundle
(Item PS-20)—The CPO Study Bundle includes a CPO Study Guide CD-ROM and Review Course, CPO flash cards, and the Anatomy & Physiology education module. This bundle may be ordered through the AOA Marketplace.
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