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RULE §104.2Providers
ISSUE 09/06/2019
ACTION Final/Adopted
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

(a)The Board hereby establishes a list of providers for continuing education courses. Unless specifically required by state law or Board rule, the Board shall not accept or approve specific continuing education courses for requirements related to the issuance or renewal of licensure, registrations, or sedation/anesthesia permits.

(b)At least once per calendar year, the Board shall review the list of providers for continuing education and any applications submitted for continuing education providers, and shall consider additions or removals of providers from the list provided in this section.

  (1)The Presiding Officer may establish an ad hoc committee pursuant to 22 TAC §100.8 (relating to Ad Hoc Committees of the Board) to review the addition or removal of providers and make recommendations to the full Board for approval.

  (2)The Board and any ad hoc committee shall consider classifying each provider for full continuing education provider authorization, including clinical, scientific, and sedation/anesthesia provider courses, or for a limited continuing education provider authorization restricted to courses related to risk management, recordkeeping, ethics, and non-clinical dental assistant duties continuing education. If no classification is assigned to a provider, the provider shall be considered a full continuing education provider.

  (3)Any addition, removal, or classification of providers shall require a majority vote of the full Board in an open meeting. Any provider being considered for addition, removal, or classification shall be given 10 business days notice of the consideration, and shall be provided an opportunity to appear and make a presentation or submit supporting documentation at the scheduled meeting of the Board or any ad hoc committee regarding the addition, removal, or classification.

(c)Board staff shall develop and provide an application form for continuing education providers. The application form shall provide instructions for submitting provider information and supporting documentation. The Board shall provide the application form for continuing education providers and general instructions on the continuing education provider application process on its public website. Any request to become an approved continuing education provider must be submitted on the application form provided by the Board; failure to utilize the Board's application form shall be grounds to reject the application request.

(d)The Board shall consider the following criteria when reviewing providers:

  (1)the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Texas;

  (2)access to providers for licensees and registrants in all portions of Texas;

  (3)competency of course providers, and quality of course materials;

  (4)internal and external audits, guidelines, safeguards, and standards to ensure consistent and quality education; and

  (5)demonstrable clinical, professional and/or scientific education experience.

(e)Continuing Education courses endorsed by the following providers will meet the criteria for acceptable continuing education hours if such hours are certified by the following providers:

  (1)American Dental Association--Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP);

  (2)American Dental Association, its component, and its constituent organizations;

  (3)Academy of General Dentistry, and its constituents and approved sponsors;

  (4)Dental/dental hygiene schools and programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association;

  (5)American Dental Association approved specialty organizations;

  (6)American Dental Hygienists' Association, its component, and its constituent organizations;

  (7)American Medical Association approved specialty organizations;

  (8)American Medical Association approved hospital courses;

  (9)National Dental Association, its constituent, and its component societies;

  (10)National Dental Hygienists' Association, its constituent, and its component societies;

  (11)Medical schools and programs accredited by the Standards of the Medical Specialties, the American Medical Association, the Advisory Board for Osteopathic Specialists and Boards of Certification or the American Osteopathic Association;

  (12)Western Regional Examining Board;

  (13)American Academy of Dental Hygiene;

  (14)American Dental Education Association;

  (15)American Heart Association;

  (16)Texas Dental Hygiene Educators' Association;

  (17)Dental Laboratory Association of Texas;

  (18)Dental Assisting National Board;

  (19)American Dental Assistants Association and its constituent organizations;

  (20)The Compliance Division, LLC;

  (21)Dental Compliance Specialists, LLC; and

  (22)Other entities approved by the Board as shown in the attached graphic for this section.

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The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 23, 2019


Alex Phipps

General Counsel

State Board of Dental Examiners

Effective date: September 12, 2019

Proposal publication date: July 19, 2019

For further information, please call: (512) 305-9380

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