36-6A-47.1. Criteria for license to practice as dental hygienist for person licensed in another state. Any person licensed in another state desiring to practice as a dental hygienist may obtain a license to practice as a dental hygienist if the applicant satisfies each of the following criteria:
(1) The application for a license to practice as a dental hygienist is in writing and signed by the applicant;
(2) The applicant has graduated from an American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited United States dental hygiene school, having obtained a dental hygiene degree;
(3) The applicant is currently an active, competent practitioner, having completed a minimum of three thousand dental hygiene clinical practice hours within the five years immediately preceding the date of application;
(4) The applicant has passed a standardized national comprehensive examination approved by the board;
(5) The applicant has passed a clinical regional or national examination approved by the board or a state examination or examinations that the board deems equivalent;
(6) The applicant currently holds a valid license in another state;
(7) The applicant has no disciplinary proceeding or unresolved disciplinary complaint pending before a dental board at the time a license is to be issued by the board;
(8) The licensure requirements in the other state are in the judgment of the board the same as or higher than those required by this state;
(9) The applicant provides references that indicate the applicant is of good moral character; and
(10) The applicant has passed an examination concerning the state laws and rules relating to dentistry.
The board may require a laboratory or clinical examination of an applicant if it has reason to believe the applicant cannot practice safely.
Any foreign-trained or any other graduate from a dental hygiene program not accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation may apply for a license to practice as a dental hygienist. The board, by rule promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26, shall establish requirements to reasonably ensure that an applicant's training and education are sufficient for licensure.
Source: SL 2015, ch 199, § 53.
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