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OPTOMETRY LAWS OF OKLAHOMA
59 O.S. 725

DESIGNATION OF BRANCH OF HEALING ART

Section 725.1 Use of Word
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      Every person who writes or prints, or causes to be written or printed, his name (whether or not the word "Doctor", or an abbreviation thereof, is used in connection therewith) in any manner in connection with such person in any manner engaging in, or in any manner holding himself out as engaging in, any of the branches of the healing art as defined in 59 O.S. 1951 Section 702, must append to his name so written or printed in the same size letters as his name appropriate and generally and easily understood words or letters, which clearly show and indicate the branch of the healing art in which he is licensed to practice and is engaged.

Section 725.2 Right to Use Word "Doctor" or Abbreviation Thereof
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     A. The following nine classes of persons may use the word "Doctor", or an abbreviation thereof, and shall have the right to use, whether or not in conjunction           with the word "Doctor", or any abbreviation thereof, the following designations:
        1. The letters "D.P.M.", by a person licensed to practice podiatry under Chapter 4 of this title;
        2. The letters "D.C." by a person licensed to practice chiropractic under Chapter 5 of this title;
        3. The letters "D.D.S." by a person licensed to practice dentistry under Chapter 7 of this title;
        4. The letters "M.D." by a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery under Chapter 11 of this title;
        5. The letters "O.D." by a person licensed to practice optometry under Chapter 13 of this title.
        6. The letters “D.O.” by a person licensed to practice osteopathy under Chapter 14 of this title.
        7. The letters “Ph.D.”, “Ed.D.” or “Psy.D.” by a person licensed as a health service psychologist pursuant to the Psychologists Licensing Act;
        8. The letters “Ph.D.”, “Ed.D.” or other letters representing a doctoral degree by a person licensed as a speech and language pathologist pursuant to the             Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensing Act and who has earned a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the field             of speech and language pathology; and
        9. The letters “Ph.D.”, “Ed.D.” or other letters representing a doctoral degree by a person licensed as an audiologist pursuant to the Speech Pathology and             Audiology Licensing Act and who has earned a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the field of audiology.
     B. Unless otherwise specifically provided in a particular section or chapter of the Oklahoma Statutes, the word "doctor" or "doctors” shall mean and include           each of the nine classes of persons listed in subsection A of this section.
     C. Unless otherwise specifically provided in a particular section or chapter of the Oklahoma Statutes, the word “physician” or “physicians” shall mean and            include each of the classes of persons listed in paragraphs 1 through 6 of subsection A of this section. The term “physician” shall not include any person            specified in paragraphs 7 through 9 subsection A of this section unless such person is otherwise authorized to use such designation pursuant to this section.
     D. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a person licensed in this state to perform speech pathology or audiology services is hereby designated to           be a practitioner of the healing art for purposes of making a referral for speech pathology or audiology services pursuant to the provisions of the Individuals           with Disabilities Education Act, Amendment of 1997, Public Law 105-17, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Section 725.3 Violations of Provisions
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      Any person who shall violate the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than five (5) days nor more than thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day this act is violated shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such.

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