201 KAR 8:532. Licensure of dentists.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 39A.350-39A.366, 214.615, 218A.205, 304.040-075, 313.010(9), 313.030, 313.254

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 214.615(2), 218A.205, 313.021(1)(a), (b), (c), 313.035(1), (3), 313.254

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 313.035 and 218A.205 require the board to promulgate administrative regulations relating to requirements and procedures for the licensure of dentists. This administrative regulation establishes requirements and procedures for licensure of dentists.

 

      Section 1. General Licensure Requirements. An applicant desiring dental licensure in the Commonwealth shall at a minimum:

      (1) Understand, read, speak, and write the English language with a comprehension and performance level equal to at least the ninth grade of education, otherwise known as Level 4, verified by testing as necessary;

      (2) Submit a completed, signed, and notarized Application for Dental Licensure with an email contact address and with an attached applicant photo taken within the past six (6) months;

      (3) Pay the fee required by 201 KAR 8:520;

      (4) Not be currently subject to disciplinary action pursuant to KRS Chapter 313 that would prevent licensure;

      (5) Provide proof of completion of the requirements of KRS 214.615(1);

      (6) Complete and pass the board’s jurisprudence exam;

      (7) Provide proof of having current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which meets or exceeds the guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association;

      (8) Submit to a nation-wide criminal background check by fingerprint through the Federal Bureau of Investigation or by the Department of Kentucky State Police;

      (9) Provide verification within three (3) months of the date the application is received at the office of the board of any license to practice dentistry held previously or currently in any state or jurisdiction;

      (10) Provide proof that the applicant is a graduate of a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited dental school or college or dental department of a university;

      (11) Provide proof that the applicant has successfully completed Part I and Part II of the National Board Dental Examination, which is written and theoretical, conducted by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations; and

      (12) Provide a written explanation for any positive returns on a query of the National Practitioner Data Bank.

 

      Section 2. Requirements for Licensure by Examination. (1) Each individual desiring initial licensure as a dentist by examination shall complete all of the requirements listed in Section 1 of this administrative regulation.

      (2) Each individual desiring initial licensure as a dentist by examination shall successfully complete a clinical examination within the five (5) years preceding the filing of the application. The board shall accept the following regional clinical examinations:

      (a) The examination of the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA);

      (b) The examination of the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS);

      (c) The examination of a North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners (NERB);

      (d) The examination of the Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA); and

      (e) The examination of the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB).

      (3) An individual desiring initial licensure as a dentist by examination more than two (2) years after fulfilling all of the requirements of his CODA accredited dental education shall:

      (a) Hold a license to practice dentistry in good standing in another state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia; or

      (b) If the applicant does not hold a license to practice dentistry in good standing, complete a board approved refresher course prior to receiving a license to practice dentistry in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

      (4) An applicant who has taken a clinical examination three (3) times and failed to achieve a passing score shall not be allowed to sit for the examination again until the applicant has completed and passed a remediation plan approved by the board.

 

      Section 3. Requirements for Licensure by Credentials. Each individual desiring initial licensure as a dentist by credentials shall:

      (1) Complete all of the requirements listed in Section 1 of this administrative regulation;

      (2) Provide proof of having passed a state, regional, or national clinical examination used to determine clinical competency in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia; and

      (3) Provide proof that, for five (5) of the six (6) years immediately preceding the filing of the application, the applicant has been engaged in the active practice of dentistry when he or she was legally authorized to practice dentistry in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia if the qualifications for the authorization were equal to or higher than those of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

      Section 4. Requirements for Student Limited Licensure. (1) Each individual desiring a student limited license shall:

      (a) Complete all of the requirements listed in Section 1 of this administrative regulation with the exception of subsections (10) and (11);

      (b) Provide a letter from the dean or program director of a postgraduate, residency, or fellowship program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky stating that the applicant has been accepted into the program and the expected date of completion;

      (c) Submit a signed Statement Regarding Student Licensure Limitations; and

      (d) Submit an official final transcript of the applicant's dental coursework with the degree posted.

      (2) An individual licensed under this section shall only practice dentistry in conjunction with programs of the dental school where the individual is a student and shall only provide professional services to patients of these programs.

      (3) Licenses issued under this section shall be renewed with all other dental licenses issued by the board and shall automatically expire upon the termination of the holder’s status as a student.

      (4) A program enrolling an individual holding a student limited license shall notify the board in writing of the date the student graduates from or exits the program.

      (5) Nothing in this section shall prohibit:

      (a) A student from performing a dental operation under the supervision of a competent instructor within the dental school, college, or department of a university or private practice facility approved by the board. The board may authorize a student of any dental college, school, or department of a university to practice dentistry in any state or municipal institution or public school, or under the board of health, or in a public clinic or a charitable institution. A fee shall not be accepted by the student beyond the expenses provided by the stipend;

      (b) A student limited license holder from working under the general supervision of a licensed dentist within the confines of the postgraduate training program; and

      (c) A volunteer health practitioner from providing services under KRS 39A.350-39A.366.

 

      Section 5. Requirements for Faculty Limited Licensure. (1) Each individual desiring a faculty limited license shall:

      (a) Complete all of the requirements listed in Section 1 of this administrative regulation with the exception of subsections (10) and (11);

      (b) Provide a letter from the dean or program director of the dental school showing a faculty appointment with one (1) of the Commonwealth’s dental schools;

      (c) Submit a signed Statement Regarding Faculty Licensure Limitations; and

      (d) Submit an official final transcript of his or her dental coursework with the degree posted.

      (2) An individual licensed under this section shall only practice dentistry in conjunction with programs of the dental school where the individual is a faculty member and shall only provide professional services to patients of these programs.

      (3) Licenses issued under this section shall be renewed with all other dental licenses issued by the board and shall automatically expire upon the termination of the holder’s status as a faculty member.

      (4) A program employing an individual holding a faculty limited license shall notify the board in writing of the date the licensee exits the program.

 

      Section 6. Requirements for Licensure of Foreign Trained Dentists. (1) Each individual desiring licensure as a dentist who is a graduate of a non-CODA accredited dental program shall successfully complete two (2) years of postgraduate training in a CODA accredited general dentistry program and shall:

      (a) Provide proof of having passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service with a score of 650 on the paper-based examination or a score of 116 on the internet-based examination, if English is not the applicant's native language;

      (b) Submit a completed, signed, and notarized Application for Dental Licensure with an email contact address and with an attached applicant photo taken within the past six (6) months;

      (c) Pay the fee required by 201 KAR 8:520;

      (d) Not be currently subject to disciplinary action pursuant to KRS Chapter 313 that would prevent licensure;

      (e) Provide proof of having completed the requirements of KRS 214.615(1);

      (f) Complete and pass the board’s jurisprudence exam;

      (g) Provide proof of having current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that meets or exceeds the guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association;

      (h) Submit to a criminal background check by fingerprint through the Federal Bureau of Investigation or by the Department of Kentucky State Police;

      (i) Provide verification within three (3) months of the date the application is received at the office of the board of any license to practice dentistry held previously or currently in any state or jurisdiction;

      (j) Provide proof of having successfully completed two (2) years postgraduate training in a CODA accredited general dentistry program;

      (k) Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from the program director of each training site;

      (l) Provide proof of successful completion of Part I and Part II of the National Board Dental Examination, which is written and theoretical, conducted by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations within the five (5) years preceding application for licensure;

      (m) Provide proof of successfully completing within the five (5) years prior to application a clinical examination required by Section 2(2) of this administrative regulation; and

      (n) Provide a written explanation for any positive returns on a query of the National Practitioner Data Bank.

      (2) An individual desiring initial licensure as a dentist who is a graduate of a non-CODA accredited dental program and applies more than two (2) years after fulfilling all of the requirements of his or her postgraduate training in a CODA accredited general dentistry program shall:

      (a) Hold a license to practice dentistry in good standing in another state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia; or

      (b) If the applicant does not hold a license to practice dentistry in good standing, complete a board approved refresher course prior to receiving a license to practice dentistry in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

      Section 7. Requirements for Charitable Limited Licensure. (1) Each individual desiring a charitable limited license shall:

      (a) Understand, read, speak, and write the English language with a comprehension and performance level equal to at least the ninth grade of education, otherwise known as Level 4, verified by testing as necessary;

      (b) Submit a completed, signed, and notarized Application for Charitable Dental Licensure with an attached applicant photo taken within the past six (6) months;

      (c) Not be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to KRS Chapter 313 that would prevent licensure;

      (d) Have a license to practice dentistry in good standing in another state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia; and

      (e) Provide a written explanation for any positive returns on a query of the National Practitioner Data Bank.

      (2) An individual licensed under this section shall:

      (a) Work only with charitable entities registered with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that have met the requirements of KRS 313.254 and 201 KAR 8:581;

      (b) Only perform procedures allowed by KRS 313.254(4) and (5) which shall be completed within the duration of the charitable event;

      (c) Be eligible for the provisions of medical malpractice insurance procured under KRS 304.40-075;

      (d) Perform these duties without expectation of compensation or charge to the individual, and without payment or reimbursement by any governmental agency or insurer;

      (e) Have a charitable limited license that shall be valid for no more than two (2) years and shall expire during the regular dental renewal cycle; and

      (f) Comply with reciprocity requirements if applicable.

      1. A state that extends a reciprocal agreement shall comply with this section.

      2. An individual shall notify the sponsor of a charitable clinic and the board of the intent to conduct or participate in the clinic.

      3. An individual conducting or participating in a charitable clinic shall have a license to practice dentistry in the state in which the dentist practices.

      (3) A dentist licensed under this section shall not be allowed to prescribe any medications while practicing in the Commonwealth.

 

      Section 8. Requirements for Specialty Licensure. Each individual desiring initial licensure as a specialist as defined by KRS 313.010(9) shall:

      (1) Submit a completed, signed, and notarized Application for Specialty Licensure with an attached applicant photo taken within the past six (6) months;

      (2) Pay the fee required by 201 KAR 8:520;

      (3) Hold an active Kentucky license to practice general dentistry prior to being issued a specialty license; and

      (4) Submit satisfactory evidence of completing a CODA accredited graduate or postgraduate specialty program after graduation from a dental school.

 

      Section 9. Minimum Continuing Education Requirements. (1) Each individual desiring renewal of an active dental license shall complete thirty (30) hours of continuing education that relates to or advances the practice of dentistry and would be useful to the licensee's practice.

      (2) Acceptable continuing education hours shall include course content designed to increase:

      (a) Competency in treating patients who are medically compromised or who experience medical emergencies during the course of dental treatment;

      (b) Knowledge of pharmaceutical products and the protocol of the proper use of medications;

      (c) Competence to diagnose oral pathology;

      (d) Awareness of currently accepted methods of infection control;

      (e) Knowledge of basic medical and scientific subjects including biology, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, pharmacology, epidemiology, and public health;

      (f) Knowledge of clinical and technological subjects;

      (g) Knowledge of subjects pertinent to patient management, safety, and oral healthcare;

      (h) Competency in assisting in mass casualty or mass immunization situations;

      (i) Clinical skills through the volunteer of clinical charitable dentistry that meets the requirements of KRS 313.254;

      (j) Knowledge of office business operations and best practices; or

      (k) Participation in dental association or society business meetings.

      (3) A minimum of ten (10) hours shall be taken in a live interactive presentation format.

      (4) A maximum of ten (10) hours total may be taken that meet the requirements of subsection (2)(i) - (k) of this section.

      (5) All continuing education hours shall be verified by the receipt of a certificate of completion or certificate of attendance bearing:

      (a) The signature of or verification by the provider;

      (b) The name of the licensee in attendance;

      (c) The title of the course or meeting attended or completed;

      (d) The date of attendance or completion;

      (e) The number of hours earned; and

      (f) Evidence of the method of delivery if the course was taken in a live interactive presentation format.

      (6) It shall be the sole responsibility of the individual licensee to obtain documentation from the provider or sponsoring organization verifying participation as established in subsection (5) of this section and to retain the documentation for a minimum of five (5) years.

      (7) At license renewal, each licensee shall attest to the fact that he or she has complied with the requirements of this section.

      (8) Each licensee shall be subject to audit of proof of continuing education compliance by the board.

 

      Section 10. Requirements for Renewal of a Dental License. (1) Each individual desiring renewal of an active dental license shall:

      (a) Submit a signed, completed Application for Renewal of Dental Licensure with an email contact address;

      (b) Pay the fee required by 201 KAR 8:520;

      (c) Maintain with no more than a thirty (30) day lapse CPR certification that meets or exceeds the guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association unless a hardship waiver is submitted to and subsequently approved by the board;

      (d) Meet the requirements of KRS 214.615(1) regarding HIV/AIDS education for healthcare providers;

      (e) Obtain at least one and one-half (1.5) hours of continuing education in the use of the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System, pain management, or addiction disorders per year or a total of three (3) hours in a two (2) year renewal cycle; and

      (f) Meet the continuing education requirements as outlined in Section 9 of this administrative regulation except in the following cases:

      1. If a hardship waiver has been submitted to and is subsequently approved by the board;

      2. If the licensee graduated in the first year of the renewal biennium, in which case the licensee shall complete one-half (1/2) of the hours as outlined in Section 9 of this administrative regulation; and

      3. If the licensee graduated in the second year of the renewal biennium, in which case the licensee shall not be required to complete the continuing education requirements outlined in Section 9 of this administrative regulation.

      (2) If a licensee has not actively practiced dentistry in the two (2) consecutive years preceding the filing of the renewal application, he or she shall complete and pass a board approved refresher course prior to resuming the active practice of dentistry.

 

      Section 11. Retirement of a License. (1) Each individual desiring retirement of a dental license shall submit a completed and signed Retirement of License Form.

      (2) Upon receipt of this form, the board shall send written confirmation of retirement to the address provided by the licensee on the Retirement of License form.

      (3) A licensee shall not retire a license that has a pending disciplinary action against it.

      (4) Each retirement shall be effective upon the processing of the completed and signed Retirement of License Form by the board.

 

      Section 12. Reinstatement of a License. (1) Each individual desiring reinstatement of a properly retired dental license shall:

      (a) Submit a completed, signed, and notarized Application to Reinstate a Dental License with an attached applicant photo taken within the past six (6) months;

      (b) Pay the fee required by 201 KAR 8:520;

      (c) Show proof of having current certification in CPR that meets or exceeds the guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association;

      (d) Provide verification within three (3) months of the date the application is received at the office of the board of any license to practice dentistry held previously or currently in any state or jurisdiction;

      (e) Submit to a nation-wide criminal background check by fingerprint through the Federal Bureau of Investigation or by the Department of Kentucky State Police; and

      (f) Provide a written explanation for any positive returns on a query of the National Practitioner Data Bank.

      (2) If an individual is reinstating a license that was retired within the two (2) consecutive years immediately preceding the filing of the reinstatement application, the individual shall provide proof of having met the continuing education requirements as outlined in Section 9 of this administrative regulation within those two (2) years.

      (3) If the applicant has not actively practiced dentistry in the two (2) consecutive years immediately preceding the filing of the reinstatement application, the applicant shall complete and pass a refresher course approved by the board.

      (4) If a license is reinstated in the first year of a renewal biennium, the licensee shall complete all of the continuing education requirements as outlined in Section 9 of this administrative regulation prior to the renewal of the license.

      (5) If a license is reinstated in the second year of a renewal biennium, the licensee shall complete one-half (1/2) of the hours as outlined in Section 9 of this administrative regulation prior to the renewal of the license.

 

      Section 13. Requirements for Verification of Licensure. Each individual desiring verification of a dental license shall:

      (1) Submit a signed and completed Verification of Licensure or Registration Form; and

      (2) Pay the fee required by 201 KAR 8:520.

 

      Section 14. Requesting a Duplicate License. Each individual desiring a duplicate dental license shall:

      (1) Submit a signed and completed Duplicate License or Registration Request Form; and

      (2) Pay the fee required by 201 KAR 8:520.

 

      Section 15. Issuance of Initial Licensure. If an applicant has completed all of the requirements for licensure within six (6) months of the date the application was received at the office of the board, the board shall:

      (1) Issue a license in sequential numerical order; or

      (2) Deny licensure due to a violation of KRS Chapter 313 or 201 KAR Chapter 8.

 

      Section 16. Incorporation by Reference. (1) The following material is incorporated by reference:

      (a) "Application for Dental Licensure", July 2010;

      (b) "Statement Regarding Student Licensure Limitations", July 2010;

      (c) "Statement Regarding Faculty Licensure Limitations", July 2010;

      (d) "Application for Charitable Dental Licensure," March 2011;

      (e) "Application for Specialty Licensure", July 2010;

      (f) "Application for Renewal of Dental Licensure", May 2014;

      (g) "Retirement of License Form", July 2010;

      (h) "Application to Reinstate a Dental License", July 2010;

      (i) "Verification of Licensure or Registration Form", July 2010;

      (j) "Duplicate License or Registration Request Form", July 2010; and

      (k) "American Heart Association CPR Guidelines", 2010.

      (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Kentucky Board of Dentistry, 312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 101, Louisville, Kentucky 40222, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. This material is also available on the board’s Web site at http://dentistry.ky.gov. (37 Ky.R. 3022; 38 Ky.R. 501, eff. 9-13-2011; 39 Ky.R. 514; 1378; eff. 2-1-2013; 40 Ky.R. 2328; 2680; eff. 6-18-2014.)