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     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, ยง 53.


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