Certification: Applied Basic Science (ABS)

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The Part I ABS Applied Basic Science examination tests the underlying basic science concepts necessary to enter the clinical practice of optometry.

More than two years of education or training after high school required?
More than two years of work experience required?
Oral or Written Exam Required?


The certification corresponds to a specialty within a recognized occupation. For example, Oncology Nurse and Pediatric Nurse are specialties within the nursing field, so Certified Oncology Nurse and Certified Pediatric Nurse would be classified as specialty certifications.