Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association

Enhancing Neurological Recovery Through Vision Rehabilitation

Program Requirements

Candidates have a time frame of up to 5 to 10 years to complete all the following requirements:

Level 1

  • Self-study: review several core textbooks on Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation
  • Attend the live 2-day NORA Clinical Skills Curriculum Level 1 course
  • Complete the Clinical Skills Level 1 Open Book Essay Questions
  • Make a brief 10-12 minute PowerPoint presentation at the NORA pre-conference on an approved Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation or Brain Injury Topic

Level 2

  • Attend the live 2-day NORA Clinical Skills Curriculum Level 2 course
  • Write two Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation case reports (following the NORA Case Report Format for the Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment).
  • Make a 20 minute PowerPoint presentation at the NORA pre-conference on one of your two case reports

Level 3

  • Work with an assigned NORA mentor to select a case report (this may be one of the Level 2 case reports), literature review, book chapter, or research that is suitable for publication
  • Write and submit the article to the NORA Fellowship Committee
  • Submit the article in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Make a 25-30 minute PowerPoint presentation of the FNORA Level 3 paper at the NORA pre-conference

Once all the steps are completed and approved by the NORA Fellowship Committee, the candidate will be awarded the Fellow of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation (FNORA) at the NORA Annual Meeting.

NORA Clinical Skills Curriculum Courses

The Clinical Skills Curriculum Course is a two-day live workshop offered as a pre-conference event that is held each year immediately prior to the annual NORA Annual Meeting. The next Clinical Skills Curriculum courses will be held in St. Louis, Missouri on September 20 and 21, 2018 and the NORA Annual Meeting will be held on September 21 to 23, 2018.

There are two levels of Clinical Skills Curriculum: Level 1 and Level 2. Attendee who is new to the Clinical Skills Curriculum is recommended to register for Clinical Skills Curriculum Level 1. Those who have attended Clinical Skills Curriculum Level 1 are suggested to register for Clinical Skills Curriculum Level 2. Those who have attended Clinical Skills Curriculum Level 1 and 2 are encouraged to attend the Clinical Skills Advanced Course. All Clinical Skills Curriculum attendees are strongly recommended to attend the NORA Annual Meeting as well.

Clinical Skills Level 1 is typically taught by a Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist, an Occupational Therapist and a Physical Therapist. Clinical Skills Level 2 is currently taught by 2 to 3 Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrists, an Occupational Therapist, and/or a rehabilitation professional. The Clinical Skills Instructors bring together many years of experience of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation.

Please check this website for registration information that are usually available approximately 3 to 5 months prior to the NORA Annual Meeting.

The fees for the Clinical Skills Courses will be listed on the registration flyer once it becomes available. Please note that the fees to attend the Clinical Skills Curriculum Courses are separate from the NORA Fellowship Program application fee and/or the NORA Annual Meeting Registration fees. Since the Clinical Skills Curriculum Courses are also part of the requirements of the NORA Fellowship Program, anyone who wants to pursue the NORA Fellowship Program is recommended to start by attending the Clinical Skills Curriculum Course Level I.

How to Begin the NORA Fellowship Program:

  1. Be a member in good standing with NORA and remain current on dues during the entire process. (If you have not already done so, join NORA as a member. If you have already joined NORA as a member in previous year(s) but have not renewed your membership yet, please ensure that you renew your membership)
  2. Complete the FNORA application form and follow the instruction to pay the application fees

If you have any questions about the NORA Fellowship Program, please contact:

Dr. Derek Tong, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FNORA
NORA Fellowship Committee Chair
ODtong@yahoo.com