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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 5STATE BOARD OF DENTAL EXAMINERS
CHAPTER 101DENTAL LICENSURE
RULE §101.2Licensure by Examination

(a) In addition to the general qualifications for licensure contained in §101.1 of this chapter (relating to General Qualifications for Licensure), an applicant for licensure by examination who is a graduate of an accredited school must present proof that the applicant:

  (1) Has graduated and received either the "DDS" or "DMD" degree from a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA);

  (2) Has taken and passed the examination for dentists given by the American Dental Association Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations; and

  (3) Has taken and passed the appropriate general dentistry clinical examination administered by a regional examining board designated by the Board.

(b) In addition to the general qualifications for licensure contained in §101.1 of this chapter, an applicant for licensure by examination who is a graduate of a non-accredited school must present proof that the applicant:

  (1) Has graduated from a dental school that is not CODA-accredited;

  (2) Has successfully completed training in an American Dental Association-approved specialty in a CODA-accredited education program that consists of at least two years of training as specified by the Council on Dental Education;

  (3) Has taken and passed the examination for dentists given by the American Dental Association Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations; and

  (4) Has taken and passed the appropriate general dentistry clinical examination administered by a regional examining board designated by the Board. Many regional examining boards require prior written approval by the participating member state in order for graduates of non-accredited schools to be tested. Prior to submitting an application for regional examination, graduates of non-accredited schools must obtain such permission from the Board.

(c) Licensure by specialty examination. Applicants for licensure by specialty examination must present proof that the applicant:

  (1) Is currently licensed as a dentist in good standing in another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States, provided that such licensure followed successful completion of a general dentistry clinical examination administered by another state or regional examining board;

  (2) Has taken and passed a specialty examination administered by a regional examining board designated by the Board. Many regional examining boards require prior written approval by the participating member state in order for graduates of non-accredited schools to be tested. Prior to submitting an application for regional examination, graduates of non-accredited schools must obtain such permission from the Board; and

  (3) Has either:

    (A) successfully completed training in an American Dental Association-approved specialty in a CODA-accredited education program that consists of at least two years of training as specified by the Council on Dental Education; or

    (B) been currently or previously certified as a "Board Candidate" or "Diplomate" by an American Dental Association-approved specialty board.

(d) Designated regional examining boards.

  (1) The following regional examining boards have been designated as acceptable by the Board as of the effective dates shown:

    (A) Western Regional Examining Board, January 1, 1994;

    (B) Central Regional Dental Testing Service, January 1, 2002;

    (C) Northeast Regional Board, January 1, 2005;

    (D) Southern Regional Testing Agency, January 1, 2005; and

    (E) Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA), January 1, 2009.

  (2) Examination results will be accepted for five years from the date of the examination.

(e) Remediation.

  (1) If an applicant for Texas dental licensure fails three general dentistry clinical examination attempts, the applicant must complete 80 hours of clinical remediation through a CODA-accredited dental school before approval will be issued to take another clinical examination.

  (2) If an applicant fails four or more general dentistry clinical examination attempts, the applicant must complete one of the following before approval will be issued to take another clinical examination:

    (A) the repetition of the final year of a graduate dental program from a CODA-accredited dental school; or

    (B) a clinical remediation course offered by a CODA-accredited dental school, consisting of no less than 1,000 clinical hours.

  (3) All programs of clinical remediation require prior approval by the Board. Applicants will be responsible for locating, identifying and obtaining approval from the Board prior to registration for any program.

  (4) Re-examination must be accomplished within 18 months following the date the Board approves a remediation program for the applicant.


Source Note: The provisions of this §101.2 adopted to be effective May 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 4473; amended to be effective February 20, 2005, 30 TexReg 715; amended to be effective October 7, 2009, 34 TexReg 6849; amended to be effective December 22, 2010, 35 TexReg 11253; amended to be effective May 29, 2013, 38 TexReg 3344

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