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RULE §103.1General Qualifications for Licensure

(a) Any person desiring to practice dental hygiene in the State of Texas must possess a license issued by the State Board of Dental Examiners (Board) as required by the Dental Practice Act and Board rules.

(b) Any applicant for licensure under this chapter must meet the requirements of this section.

(c) To be eligible for licensure, an applicant must present on or accompanying a licensure application form approved by the Board proof satisfactory to the Board that the applicant:

  (1) Is at least 18 years of age;

  (2) Is professionally fit, which is demonstrated by patterns of personal, academic and occupational behaviors, including final or pending disciplinary action on an occupational license, which, in the judgment of the Board, indicate honesty, accountability, trustworthiness, reliability, integrity, and ability;

  (3) Has graduated from an accredited high school or holds a certificate of high school equivalency, General Equivalency Diploma (GED);

  (4) Has graduated from a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA) with a degree in dentistry or a degree or certificate in dental hygiene, or has graduated from a CODA-accredited school or college of dental hygiene with a degree in dental hygiene;

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

  (6) Has met the requirements of §101.8 of this title (relating to Persons with Criminal Backgrounds);

  (7) Has successfully completed a current course in basic life support;

  (8) Has taken and passed the jurisprudence assessment administered by the Board or an entity designated by the Board within one year prior to application;

  (9) Has paid all application, examination and licensing fees required by the Dental Practice Act and Board rules;

  (10) Has submitted fingerprints for the retrieval of criminal history record information; and

  (11) Has completed a course in human trafficking prevention approved by the executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

(d) Applications for licensure must be delivered to the office of the Board.

(e) An application for licensure is filed with the Board when it is actually received, date-stamped, and logged-in by the Board along with all required documentation and fees. An incomplete application for licensure and fee will be returned to applicant with an explanation of additional documentation or information needed.

(f) Each applicant must submit to the Board the documents and information required by this chapter and other documents or information requested by the Board to evaluate an application and take appropriate actions.

(g) An applicant for licensure is ineligible if they are in violation of a board order at the time of application.

Source Note: The provisions of this §103.1 adopted to be effective January 1, 1976; amended to be effective March 9, 1984, 9 TexReg 1217; amended to be effective February 20, 1992, 17 TexReg 1090; amended to be effective December 24, 1992, 17 TexReg 8730; amended to be effective December 14, 1993, 18 TexReg 8901; amended to be effective December 3, 1997, 22 TexReg 11674; amended to be effective September 21, 2004, 29 TexReg 9003; amended to be effective February 20, 2005, 30 TexReg 716; amended to be effective October 7, 2009, 34 TexReg 6851; amended to be effective December 22, 2010, 35 TexReg 11254; amended to be effective May 29, 2013, 38 TexReg 3345; amended to beeffective May 10, 2018, 43 TexReg 2773; amended to be effective September 30, 2021, 46 TexReg 6404

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