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Issues in Licensing - May 2018

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May2018LicensureIn Connecticut, HB 5163 would allow state residents the ability to obtain a license to practice dentistry in the state if they are already licensed in another state with similar or more stringent requirements. The bill would also allow dental hygienists with at least two years’ experience to practice at a senior center without a dentist’s general supervision.

In Missouri, HB 1710 would require all state boards, including the Missouri Dental Board, to grant a Missouri license to an applicant who holds a current, valid license issued by another state if that state's licensure requirements are substantively similar to those of Missouri.

Dental Licensing Fees—In Massachusetts, a new licensure fee schedule for dentists and dental hygienists was implemented, effective April 20, 2018. The cost to renew a dentist license is now $360 biennially. The cost to renew a dental hygienist license is now $60 biennially. The cost of limited registration for a dental intern is now $90 a year, and a dental hygienist student license is now $60 per license.

Continuing Education Requirements—On April 20, 2018, Massachusetts put into effect new requirements for continuing education units (CEUs) required to renew a dental, dental hygiene or dental assisting license:

  • Dentists must complete a minimum of 40 CEUs each two-year renewal cycle.
  • Dental hygienists must complete a minimum of 20 CEUs each two-year renewal cycle.
  • Dental assistants must complete a minimum of 12 CEUs each two-year renewal cycle.

New dental hygiene professional board in CaliforniaSB 1482 would remove the Dental Hygiene Committee from the jurisdiction of the Dental Board of California and would create the Dental Hygiene Board of California within the Department of Consumer Affairs. This new Board would comprise nine members. Seven would be appointed by the Governor (two members of the public, one practicing general or public health dentist licensed in California, one alternative or extended practice hygienist, one dental hygiene educator and two registered dental hygienists). The remaining two members would be members of the public appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly. This new committee would have jurisdiction over hygiene educational program approval, the licensing of hygienists in the state, license examination and continuing education requirements and recommendations to the state dental board regarding dental hygiene scope of practice.

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