Updating the Competency Profile and Examination Blueprint for Entry-Level Optometry in Canada

  • David Cane, BSc, PhD Catalysis Consulting
  • Margaret Penny, OD, MEd Mayfair Eye Care; Former Board Chair, Optometry Examining Board of Canada
  • Anthony Marini, PhD Martek Assessments Ltd.
  • Tami Hynes, MBA Chief Executive Officer, Optometry Examining Board of Canada
Keywords: clinical research, assessment, competence, competency-based standards, entry-to-practice (ETP), examination blueprint, objective structured clinical examination (OCSE), optometrist, registration (licensure) examination

Abstract

The Optometry Examining Board of Canada (formerly Canadian Examiners in Optometry) is a not-for-profit corporation that administers the entry-to-practice examination for optometrists in Canada in service to its members, the 10 provincial optometry regulators.   The described work resulted in an updated entry-level competency profile for optometry, together with an examination blueprint based upon indicators derived from the competencies. The project took place over the period May 2014 – September 2015 and involved the following steps:  
  • Establishment of project teams
  • Clarification of conceptual framework
  • Development of proposed competencies
  • Validation of competencies
  • Development of indicators for each competency, consistent with the assessment methodologies used in the entry-to-practice examination
  • Construction of an updated examination blueprint
Published
2018-06-01
How to Cite
Cane, D., Penny, M., Marini, A., & Hynes, T. (2018). Updating the Competency Profile and Examination Blueprint for Entry-Level Optometry in Canada. Canadian Journal of Optometry, 80(2), 25-34. https://doi.org/10.15353/cjo.80.267