§ 33.102. Professional education.

 (a)  Dentists.

   (1)  Candidates for licensure as dentists shall show compliance with section 3(c) of the act (63 P. S. §  122(c)) which requires a diploma from an ‘‘approved institution or college,’’ by submitting certification of graduation from a dental school accredited or provisionally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

   (2)  Candidates for licensure who received their professional education outside the United States in a nonaccredited school may satisfy the education requirement by submitting their credentials to an accredited or provisionally accredited school and obtaining additional preclinical and clinical training that will lead to the awarding of the D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree by that school.

 (b)  Dental hygienists.

   (1)  Candidates for licensure as dental hygienists shall show compliance with section 3(d) of the act by submitting certification of graduation from a dental hygiene school accredited or provisionally accredited by an approved United States Department of Education-recognized regional accrediting agency or the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association, if the school’s dental hygiene course of study comprises a minimum of 2 years of at least 32 weeks of at least 30 hours each week or its equivalent.

   (2)  Candidates for licensure who received their professional education outside the United States in a nonaccredited school may satisfy the education requirement by submitting their credentials to an accredited or provisionally accredited school and obtaining additional training that will lead to the awarding of a degree in dental hygiene by that school.

 (c)  Expanded function dental assistants.

   (1)  Candidates for certification as expanded function dental assistants shall show compliance with section 3(d.1) of the act by submitting verification of one of the following:

     (i)   Graduation from a Board-approved EFDA program at a 2-year college or other institution accredited or provisionally accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education Council on Postsecondary Accreditation which offers an Associate Degree.

     (ii)   Graduation from a dental hygiene school which required the successful completion of at least 75 hours of clinical and didactic instruction in restorative functions accredited or provisionally accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association.

     (iii)   Completion of a Board-approved EFDA program, which offers a certificate or diploma, consisting of at least 200 hours of clinical and didactic instruction from a dental assisting program accredited by one of the following:

       (A)   The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association.

       (B)   An accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education Council on Postsecondary Accreditation whose expanded function educational standards are approved by the Board.

   (2)  The Board will approve EFDA programs that meet the criteria in §  33.117 (relating to EFDA program approval). A list of Board-approved EFDA programs will be maintained on the Board’s web site.

   (3)  Candidates for certification who receive their professional education outside the United States or from a nonaccredited program may satisfy the education requirement by submitting their credentials to a program listed in paragraph (1) and obtaining additional training that will lead to the awarding of a degree by that school.

   (4)  This subsection does not apply to persons who are not required to meet the educational requirements under section (3)(d.1)(2) of the act.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  33.102 amended under sections 2—5.1, 10—11.5 and 11.7 of The Dental Law (63 P. S. § §  121—124.1, 129—129.1, 130, 130e and 130h).

Source

   The provisions of this §  33.102 adopted June 23, 1995, effective June 24, 1995, 25 Pa.B. 2492; amended May 12, 2000, effective May 13, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 2359; amended December 11, 2009, effective December 12, 2009, 39 Pa.B. 6982; amended February 10, 2012, effective February 11, 2012, 42 Pa.B. 769. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (346645) to (346646) and (349677).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  33.117 (relating to EFDA program approval).



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