02 department of professional and financial regulation 313 board of dental examiners chapter 12: requirements for dental licensure summary



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02 DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL AND FINANCIAL REGULATION
313 BOARD OF DENTAL EXAMINERS
Chapter 12: REQUIREMENTS FOR DENTAL LICENSURE

Summary: This rule establishes the requirements for licensure as a dentist in the State of Maine.


I. GENERAL STANDARDS FOR DENTAL LICENSURE
For the purpose of 32 M.R.S.A. §1082, "acceptable dental college, school or dental department of a university approved by the Board" shall be a dental college, school or dental department of a university whose general dentistry undergraduate program resulting in a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree has been accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Curriculum Accreditation (CODA).

II. SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR DENTAL LICENSURE
1. Standard Licensure
To be licensed, candidates for dental licensure in this category shall meet the following requirements:
A. Have received a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree from an undergraduate dental school accredited by the A.D.A. Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and have provided a statement under seal from the Office of the Dean of the school affirming that the applicant has met all applicable degree requirements;
B. Have successfully completed, with a passing grade, Parts I and II of the National Dental Board Examination or the successor to that examination;
C. Have successfully completed, with a passing grade, all parts of: (1) the Northeast Regional Board Dental examination ("NERB") or the successor to that examination; or (2) any other U.S. state or regional dental board examination, so long as all modules are passed; or (3) a national dental clinical examination approved by the Board;
D. Provide the Board with documentary proof of current certification in CPR;
E. Have successfully completed with a passing grade of 90 percent, the jurisprudence examination given by the Board; and
F. For any applicant who completed the requirement in Section II(A)(3) above more than one year prior to application for licensure in Maine, have successfully completed a personal interview before the Board. The personal interview may be waived at the Board’s discretion; however, the applicant shall still submit to an interview by other means as determined by the Board.
2. Licensure by Endorsement
To be licensed, candidates for dental licensure in this category shall meet the following requirements:
A. Have received a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree from an undergraduate dental school accredited by the A.D.A. Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and have provided a notarized statement from the Dean of the school affirming that the applicant has met all applicable degree requirements;
B. If the candidate was graduated subsequent to 1952, have successfully completed, with a passing grade, Parts I and II of the National Dental Board Examination or the successor to that examination if such examination was required;
C. Furnish proof, satisfactory to the Board, that the candidate has been duly licensed to practice dentistry in another U.S. state or Canadian province after full compliance with the requirements of its dental laws;
D. If the candidate was graduated subsequent to 1972, have successfully completed, with a passing grade, all parts of: (1) the Northeast Regional Board Dental Examination ("NERB") if such examination was required; or (2) any other U.S. state or regional dental board examination, so long as all modules are passed; or (3) a national dental clinical examination approved by the Board;
E. Have engaged in an active clinical practice in a U.S. state or Canadian province for a minimum of three years prior to application;
F. Provide the Board with documentary proof of current certification in CPR;
G. Have successfully completed with a passing grade of 90 percent, the jurisprudence exam given by the Board; and
H. Have successfully completed a personal interview before the Board.
I The Board may at its discretion waive the NERB exam, another U.S. state or regional examination, or a national dental clinical examination approved by the Board, if all of the other requirements of the Board of Dental Examiners have been met.
3. Requirements for Licensure when Re-Entering the Profession of Dentistry
If an applicant has not been in active practice within the preceding five years, he/she must meet all of the requirements of section II(A) above.

III. REQUIREMENTS FOR TEMPORARY PERMITS
1. Charitable or social organization permit
Temporary permits issued pursuant to this section of the rule are valid for no more than one (1) year from the date of issuance. To qualify for a temporary permit issued pursuant to this section and 32 M.R.S.A. §1086, the applicant must:
A. Provide the Board with an official request for the dentist from a charitable or social organization within the State indicating the purpose of the permit is to provide free dental care for the public when resident dental service is not available;
B. Submit a completed Board-approved application form;
C. Provide the Board with documentary proof of valid licensure from another state or Canadian province;
D. Provide the Board with the application fee; and
E. Provide the Board with documentary proof of current CPR certification.
2. Permit for clinical education
Temporary permits issued pursuant to this section of the rule are valid for no more than seven (7) days (from the date of issuance) in any calendar year. To qualify for a temporary permit issued pursuant to this section and 32 M.R.S.A. §1086, the applicant must provide the Board with:
A. An original signed written request;
B. The continuing education course outline;
C. Documentary proof of valid licensure in another state or Canadian province;
D. Documentary proof of current CPR certification; and
E. The completed Board-approved application and fee.
3. Permit for Board Approved Externship
Temporary permits issued pursuant to this section of the rule are valid for no more than thirty (30) days (from the date of issuance), and may be renewed as long as the applicant meets the requirements of this section of the rule. To qualify for a temporary permit issued pursuant to this section and 32 M.R.S.A. §1086, the applicant must provide the Board with:
A. The original signed request from the Externship Director, including a current curriculum vitae for the Director and a description of the externship program, including:
(1) Its anticipated duration;
(2) The anticipated clinical procedures that will be performed by the dental extern(s); and
(3) The type and level of supervision that will be provided to the dental extern(s).
B. The completed Board-approved application, to include the name(s) of the Maine licensed dentist(s) who will or might be supervising the externship, and fee;
C. Documentation from the applicant’s dental school showing academic affiliation, good academic standing, and readiness to participate in an externship; and
D. Documentation regarding the applicant’s clinical experience.
4. Permit for Board Approved Dental Residency Program
Temporary permits issued pursuant to this section of the rule are valid for no more than one (1) year from the date of issuance. To qualify for a temporary permit issued pursuant to this section and 32 M.R.S.A. §1086, the applicant must provide the Board with:
A. A confirmation letter from the Board-approved Dental Residency Program Director, which includes a description of the residency program, including:
(1) Its anticipated duration;
(2) The anticipated clinical procedures that will be performed by the dental residents(s);
(3) The level of supervision and control of the services to be performed by the dental resident(s); and
(4) The identity of the Maine licensed dentist(s) under whom the dental resident(s) will be directed and supervised.
B. The completed Board-approved application and fee;
C. Certification from the applicant’s dental school;
D. Letter(s) of good standing from where the applicant holds or has every held a license;
E. A criminal background check from any state the applicant has resided in the previous ten (10) years;
F. Documentary proof of successful completion of the National Board examination parts I and II;
G. Documentary proof of successful completion of a regional examination; and
H. Documentary proof of familiarity with Maine dental laws and rules by successfully passing with a score of 90 the Board jurisprudence examination

IV. REQUIREMENTS FOR RETIRED DENTIST – LIMITED LICENSE
Individuals who are issued licenses pursuant to this section must practice solely in a nonprofit dental clinic and without any remuneration for dental work performed at the clinic:

To qualify for licensure in this category, applicants must meet the following requirements:


1. Provide the Board with letters of good standing from any state or Canadian province where the applicant holds or has ever held a license;
2. Provide certification from the applicant’s dental school;
3. Submit a completed Board-approved application and fee;
4. Submit a criminal background check from any state the applicant has resided in the previous ten (10) years;
5. Provide documentary proof of successful completion of the National Board examination parts I and II;
6. Provide documentary proof of successful completion of a regional examination; and
7. Successfully pass with a grade of 90 the Board’s jurisprudence examination.

V. REQUIREMENTS FOR DENTAL FACULTY LICENSE
Individuals who are issued faculty licenses by the Board will be limited to practice only within the dental, dental hygiene, or denturism school settings, including any satellite locations approved by the Board. To qualify for licensure in this category, applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. Provide the Board with an original letter of recommendation from an employing school of dentistry, dental hygiene, or denturism stating why the Board should consider the applicant to be qualified under criteria established by these rules;
2. Provide the Board with documentary proof of the following credentials:
A. Degree/Certificates Awarded (including dates); and
B. Previous employment experience relevant to the subject to be taught (including dates).
3. Submit a completed application and fee; and
4. Provide the Board with letters of good standing from any state or province where the applicant holds or has ever held a license, and demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board, full compliance with the requirements of that other jurisdiction’s dental/dental hygiene laws and rules.

VI. REQUIREMENTS FOR TEMPORARY DENTAL LICENSE
Temporary licenses issued pursuant to this section of the rule are valid for six (6) months from the date of issuance, and may be renewed one (1) time for an additional six (6) months if the applicant meets all of the requirements of this rule. To qualify for a temporary license pursuant to this section and Title 10 §8003 (5)(G), the applicant must:


  1. Provide the Board with documentary proof of current, valid and unrestricted licensure in another state;




  1. Submit a completed Board-approved application and fee; and




  1. Successfully pass with a grade of 90 the Board jurisprudence examination.

Either the Board or the Board President acting on behalf of the Board may waive the requirements of (1) and (3) above for good cause.



VII. Waiver of Interview for License Reinstatement
The Board may at its discretion waive an interview for reinstatement of a license to practice dentistry if it has been two (2) years or less since the lapse of their license.
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STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. §§ 1073(2), 1082, 1083, 1085


EFFECTIVE DATE:

May 22, 2007 – filing 2007-203


AMENDED:

February 11, 2009 – filing 2009-63

June 27, 2010 – filing 2010-261

September 9, 2012 – filing 2012-254






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