Dental Hygienists

ORS 680.200
Issuing expanded practice permit

  • requirements


Upon application accompanied by the fee established by the Oregon Board of Dentistry, the board shall grant a permit to practice as an expanded practice dental hygienist to an applicant who:


Holds a valid, unrestricted Oregon dental hygiene license;


Presents proof of current professional liability insurance coverage;


Presents documentation satisfactory to the board of successful completion of an emergency life support course for health professionals, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, from an agency or educational institution approved by the board; and


Presents documentation satisfactory to the board that the applicant has:
(A)(i) Completed 2,500 hours of supervised dental hygiene practice; and


After licensure as a dental hygienist, completed 40 hours of courses, chosen by the applicant, in clinical dental hygiene or public health sponsored by continuing education providers approved by the board; or


Completed a course of study approved by the board that includes at least 500 hours of dental hygiene practice, completed before or after graduation from a dental hygiene program, on patients described in ORS 680.205 (Services rendered under permit) while under the indirect supervision of a member of the faculty of a dental program or dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or its successor agency.


A permit issued pursuant to subsection (1) of this section expires two years following the date of issuance unless renewed on or before that date by:


Payment of the renewal fee as set by the board;


Submission to the board of satisfactory evidence of completion of at least 36 hours of continuing education;


Presentation to the board of proof of professional liability insurance coverage; and


Completion of a survey developed by the board that measures the success of the expanded practice dental hygienist program against baseline data.


The board may refuse to issue or renew an expanded practice dental hygienist permit or may suspend or revoke the permit of an expanded practice dental hygienist who has been convicted of an offense or been disciplined by a dental licensing body in a manner that bears, in the judgment of the board, a demonstrable relationship to the ability of the applicant to practice expanded practice dental hygiene in accordance with the provisions of this chapter or ORS chapter 679, or who has falsified an application for permit, or any person for any cause described under ORS 679.140 (Discipline of licensee) or 679.170 (Prohibited practices). [1997 c.251 §2; 2003 c.310 §3; 2007 c.379 §2; 2009 c.582 §3; 2011 c.716 §7; 2017 c.342 §3]


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