(1) To be eligible for dental hygiene licensure, the applicant must have successfully completed a dental hygiene education program approved by the secretary of the department of health. The secretary adopts the standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation ("CODA") relevant to the accreditation of dental hygiene schools, in effect through June 2007. In implementing the adopted standards, the secretary approves those dental hygiene education programs that are currently accredited and received initial "CODA" accreditation on or before June 30, 2007, provided, that the accredited education program's curriculum includes:
(a) Didactic and clinical competency in the administration of injections of local anesthetic;
(b) Didactic and clinical competency in the administration of nitrous oxide analgesia;
(c) Didactic and clinical competency in the placement of restorations into cavities prepared by a dentist; and
(d) Didactic and clinical competency in the carving, contouring, and adjusting contacts and occlusions of restorations.
(2) Dental hygiene education programs approved by the secretary of the department of health pursuant to the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation standards whose curriculum does not include the didactic and clinical competency enumerated in subsection (1)(a) through (d) of this section will be accepted if the applicant has successfully completed an expanded functions education program(s) approved pursuant to WAC 246-815-110
, and 246-815-130
(3) A form will be provided in the department of health licensure application packages for the purpose of education verification.
(4) The standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation relevant to the accreditation of dental hygiene schools are available from the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-2678, 312-440-2500, http://www.ada.org/.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.29.130. 07-22-109, § 246-815-030, filed 11/6/07, effective 12/7/07; 94-05-053, § 246-815-030, filed 2/10/94, effective 3/13/94; 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-815-030, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-815-030, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.29 RCW, RCW 18.29.021, [18.29.]045 and [18.29.]130. 90-23-011 (Order 098), § 308-25-013, filed 11/13/90, effective 12/14/90.]