WSR 17-16-098
(Dental Quality Assurance Commission)
[Filed July 27, 2017, 4:03 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 16-21-040.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-817-120 Examination content, the dental quality assurance commission (commission) is proposing amendments to clarify that an applicant must pass a complete clinical examination with the same testing agency, and to accept the Canada clinical examination.
Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Point Plaza East, Room 152/153, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, on September 8, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: September 8, 2017.
Submit Written Comments to: Jennifer Santiago, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504, email, fax (360) 236-2901, by September 1, 2017.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennifer Santiago by September 1, 2017, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rule amendments clarify that a complete clinical examination must be passed through one testing agency, and changes "consider acceptance of" to "accept" for the Canada clinical examination.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Each testing agency creates their examination as a whole examination, identifying each content section. The successful completion of a whole examination demonstrates the minimum competency necessary for licensure. Completing portions of examinations from multiple examination organizations may not provide a true assessment of minimum dentist competency. Licensure barriers are reduced by accepting the Canada clinical examination.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.32.002 and 18.32.0365.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.32.040.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Dental quality assurance commission, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Jennifer Santiago, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4893.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule would not impose more than minor costs on businesses in an industry.
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Jennifer Santiago, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 236-4893, fax (360) 236-2901, email
July 27, 2017
John Carbery, D.M.D., Chairperson
Dental Quality Assurance Commission
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 16-14-067, filed 6/30/16, effective 7/31/16)
WAC 246-817-120 Examination content.
(1) An applicant seeking dentist licensure in Washington by examination, must successfully ((complete)) pass a written and practical examination approved by the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (commission).
The examination will consist of:
(a) A written examination. ((Only)) The National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II, or the Canadian National Dental Examining Board examination will be accepted, except as provided in subsection (4) of this section.
(b) A ((practical/practice)) practical examination containing at least the following sections:
(i) Restorative;
(ii) Endodontic;
(iii) Periodontal;
(iv) Prosthodontic; and
(v) Comprehensive treatment planning or diagnostic skills.
(2)(a) The commission accepts the following ((practical/practice)) practical examinations provided the testing agency offers at least the sections listed in subsection (1)(b) of this section ((and the candidate tests in those same sections)):
(i) The Western Regional Examining Board's (WREB) clinical examination;
(ii) The Central Regional Dental Testing Services (CRDTS) clinical examination;
(iii) The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) formally known as Northeast Regional Board (NERB) clinical examination;
(iv) The Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA) clinical examination;
(v) The Council of Interstate Testing Agency's (CITA) clinical examination;
(vi) ((Examination results of a)) U.S. state or territory with an individual state board clinical examination; or
(b) The commission will ((consider acceptance of)) accept the complete National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) of Canada clinical examination as meeting its standards if the applicant is a graduate of an approved dental school defined in WAC 246-817-110 (2)(a).
(3) The applicant must pass all sections listed in subsection (1)(b) of this section of the practical examination with the same testing agency.
(4) The commission will only accept results of approved ((practical/practice)) practical examinations taken within the preceding five years from the date of an application for licensure.
(((4))) (5) The commission may, at its discretion, give or require an examination in any other subject under subsection (1)(a) and (b) of this section, whether in written or practical form or both written and practical.