Practicing optometry in a corporate setting can be beneficial for new optometry graduates and experienced ODs. If you’re planning on going into to corporate optometry, one thing you should look at when considering joining a corporate optometry practice is if your state is a one-door or a two-door state.
We've compiled a rough list of one-door and two-door states here, but we recommend confirming the specific qualifications for your state.
Breaking Down One-door And Two-door States for Corporate Optometry
List of Two-door States for Optometry
In a two-door state, the independent OD must be professionally and physically separated from the retailer’s optical department. According to a report from Jobson, the states listed below have a two-door policy for corporate optometric practices.
The two-door states for optometry include:
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhone Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Lists of The One-door States For Optometry
In a one door state, independent ODs are able to work inside the retailer’s optical department without the need for separate office spaces. Independent ODs in a one-door state can take advantage of shared services like booking appointments, processing payments, and more. According to Jobson, the following states do not have a two-door policy for optometry.
List of The One-door States For Optometry:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- South Carolina
What About Alaska?
I know I only listed 49 states here. But after looking through the Jobson list and the Corporate Optometry Facebook group, I couldn’t confirm whether Alaska is a two-door state or a one-door state. If anyone knows the answer, let me know in the comments below!
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