WSR 07-15-077

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed July 17, 2007, 4:25 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-13-047.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Dental hygiene, WAC 246-815-030 Education requirements for licensure applicants.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Point Plaza East, 310 Israel Road S.E., Room 139, Tumwater, WA 98501, on August 31, 2007, at 9:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: August 31, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Vicki Brown, Program Manager, Dental Hygiene Program, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, e-mail vicki.brown@doh.wa.gov, web site http://www3.doh.wa.gov/policyreview/, fax (360) 664-9077, by August 24, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Vicki Brown, Program Manager, by August 24, 2007, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed changes will amend the reference to a particular month and year of accreditation standards. This rule will allow the department of health to accept students graduating from dental hygiene schools accredited by the American Dental Association, based on Commission on Dental Accreditation standards, between January 1993 and June 2007 as meeting the standards for licensure.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: There have been twenty or more new dental hygiene schools that have been accredited by the American Dental Commission on Dental Accreditation after January, 1993.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.29.130.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.29.130 and 18.29.021.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of health, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Vicki Brown, Program Manager, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4865.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A small business economic impact statement does not need to be prepared because the rule does not impose more than minor costs to small businesses within the industry.

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Vicki Brown, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, phone (360) 236-4865, fax (360) 664-9077, e-mail vicki.brown@doh.wa.gov.

July 17, 2007

Mary C. Selecky

Secretary

OTS-9652.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 94-05-053, filed 2/10/94, effective 3/13/94)

WAC 246-815-030   Education requirements for licensure applicants.   (1) To be eligible for dental hygiene licensure, the applicant must have successfully completed a dental hygiene education program approved by the secretary of the department of health. The secretary adopts ((those)) the standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation ("CODA") relevant to the accreditation of dental hygiene schools, in effect ((in January, 1993)) through June 2007. In implementing the adopted standards, the secretary approves those dental hygiene education programs ((which were accredited by the commission as of January 1993.)) that are currently accredited and received initial "CODA" accreditation on or before June 30, 2007, provided, that the accredited education program's curriculum includes:

(a) Didactic and clinical competency in the administration of injections of local anesthetic;

(b) Didactic and clinical competency in the administration of nitrous oxide analgesia;

(c) Didactic and clinical competency in the placement of restorations into cavities prepared by a dentist; and

(d) Didactic and clinical competency in the carving, contouring, and adjusting contacts and occlusions of restorations.

(2) Dental hygiene education programs approved by the secretary of the department of health pursuant to the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation standards ((in effect in January, 1993,)) whose curriculum does not include the didactic and clinical competency enumerated in subsection (1)(a)((-)) through (d) ((above)) of this section will be accepted if the applicant has successfully completed an expanded functions education program(s) approved pursuant to WAC 246-815-110, 246-815-120, and 246-815-130.

(3) A form will be provided in the department of health licensure application packages for the purpose of education verification.

(4) The standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation relevant to the accreditation of dental hygiene schools are available from the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-2678, 312-440-2500, http://www.ada.org/.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.29.130. 94-05-053, 246-815-030, filed 2/10/94, effective 3/13/94; 92-02-018 (Order 224), 246-815-030, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as 246-815-030, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.29 RCW, RCW 18.29.021, [18.29.]045 and [18.29.]130. 90-23-011 (Order 098), 308-25-013, filed 11/13/90, effective 12/14/90.]

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