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from Frank Terranova, O.D. on 14 December 2002:
You asked also what salary can a new optometrist plan to start? The key word to your question is START. If you are new at any job, you are considered inexperienced. The same is true in optometry. It also depends on the mode of practice (in private office, a commercial establishment, HMO, or for the government) which determines your salary. The average person fresh from school and newly licensed can expect to make $40-$55/hour while someone who has many years of experience can make as high as $300/hour. It may sound like a lot of money but remember you are paying back those student loans that gave you that education. It usually takes 10-15 years to pay back the cost of your education.
from Dr. Frank Terranova, O.D. on 24 November 2002:
Getting started: I would recommend you contact Beverly Atkinson at the Optometry School in Fullerton and ask her if you can come and observe the vision therapy clinic one day. The number there is 714-870-7226. You may use my name when you contact her. I would also contact the Optometric Extension Program in Santa Ana, I believe they have a free student membership.
I would suggest start at the level of the optometry school. It will also look good when you apply to admission that you have spent time observing.
from Dr. Francis M. Terranova, O.D. on 18 June 2002:
Optometry school is four years and during the last two years, the student must take three sets of National Boards and pass them. If you do not pass them, you cannot apply for licensure in any State. These three exams are each three days long and are very intense, testing in every area from clinical optometry to physics of a telescope, to human anatomy and physiology. Each of the three exams has four parts and all four parts must be passed in order to move to the next exam. So once you have completed the National Board exam and have graduated from optometry school, you may now apply for licensure. However, many of the students do not know the results of the third part of the National Board exam until a month after graduation.
Now some students will elect to do a residency for one year in either pediatrics, low vision, hospital optometry, contact lenses, etc. This is done at a very low income for one year but teaches the optometrist many extra skills that he/she did not learn while in optometry school.
Overall, it takes about nine years to complete a good optometric education prior to opening ones own practice.
31 December 2002
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