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					TEXAS STATE BOARD OF DENTAL EXAMINERS

Rules and Regulations
Chapter 104 – Continuing Education

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Texas State Board of Dental Examiners 333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 800 Austin, Texas 78701-3942 Website: www.tsbde.state.tx.us E-Mail Address: information@tsbde.state.tx.us Phone: (512) 463-6400 / Fax: (512) 463-7452

Chapter Publication Date: February 2006

RULES AND REGULATIONS
Chapter 104 – Continuing Education

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners 333 Guadalupe Tower 3, Suite 800 Austin, Texas 78701-3942

CHAPTER 104
CONTINUING EDUCATION
104.1. Requirement.
As a prerequisite to the annual renewal of a dental or dental hygiene license, proof of completion of 12 hours of acceptable continuing education is required. (1) Each licensee shall select and participate in the continuing education courses endorsed by the providers identified in 104.2 of this title (relating to Continuing Education Providers). A licensee who is unable to meet education course requirements may request that alternative courses or procedures be approved by the Continuing Education Committee. (A) Such requests must be in writing and submitted to and approved by the Continuing Education Committee prior to the expiration of the annual period for which the alternative is being requested. (B) A licensee must provide supporting documentation detailing the reason why the continuing education requirements set forth in this section cannot be met and must submit a proposal for alternative education procedures. (C) Acceptable causes may include residence outside the United States, unanticipated financial or medical hardships, or other extraordinary circumstances that are documented. (D) Should the request be denied, the licensee must complete the requirements of this section. (2) Aside from courses taken to satisfy the jurisprudence requirement of 104.1(3) of this title, all coursework must be either technical or scientific as related to clinical care. The terms "technical" and "scientific" as applied to continuing education shall mean that courses have significant intellectual or practical content and are designed to directly enhance the practitioner's knowledge and skill in providing clinical care to the individual patient. (3) Effective January 1, 2005, each licensee shall complete three (3) hours of approved coursework in jurisprudence every three (3) years, in addition to the general 12 hour requirement. (A) For the purposes of this section, “jurisprudence” refers to the body of statutes and regulations pertaining to and governing the licensee’s practice, including relevant portions of the Texas Occupations Code, and the rules enacted by the Board. (B) Coursework in jurisprudence may be through self-study or interactive computer courses, either of which must be verifiable and provided by those entities cited in 104.2 of this title. (4) A licensee may carry forward continuing education hours earned prior to a renewal period which are in excess of the 12-hour requirement and such excess hours may be applied to subsequent years' requirements. Excess hours to be carried forward must have been earned in a classroom setting and within the three years immediately preceding the renewal period. A maximum of 24 total excess credit hours may be carried forward. (5) Hours of coursework in the standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may not be considered in the 12-hour requirement. (6) No more than 4 hours in any accumulation of coursework submitted for renewal purposes may be in self-study. These self-study hours must be provided by those entities cited in 104.2 of this title (relating to Providers). Examples of self-study courses include correspondence courses, video courses, audio courses, and reading courses. 104-1

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RULES AND REGULATIONS
Chapter 104 – Continuing Education

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners 333 Guadalupe Tower 3, Suite 800 Austin, Texas 78701-3942

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No more than 4 hours in any accumulation of coursework submitted for renewal purposes may be interactive computerized courses. These interactive computerized courses must be provided by those entities cited in 104.2 of this title. Examples of interactive computer courses include those that involve interactive dialogue through electronic linkage with an instructor in which manipulation of text or data by the licensee occurs. Examiners for the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) will be allowed credit for no more than 6 hours annually, obtained from WREB's calibration and standardization exercise. This provision shall not apply to active board members. Any individual or entity may petition one of the providers listed in 104.2 of this title to offer continuing education.

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(10) Providers cited in 104.2 of this title will approve individual courses and/or instructors.
SOURCE: The provisions of this rule 104.1 adopted to be effective March 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 1423; amended to be effective April 19,1998 (23 TexReg 3830); amended to be effective June 28,1998 (23 TexReg 6440); amended to be effective November, 1999; amended to be effective April 16, 2000 (25 TexReg 3250); amended to be effective July 2002; amended to be effective September 17, 2004 (29 TexReg 9004).

Rule 104.2

Providers.

Continuing Education courses endorsed by the following providers will meet the criteria for acceptable continuing education hours if such hours are either technical or scientific as related to clinical care and in content as 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 Hygienist's 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 Educator's Association; (17) Dental Laboratory Association of Texas;

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Chapter 104 – Continuing Education

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(18) Dental Assisting National Board; (19) American Dental Assistants Association and its constituent organizations; and, (20) Other providers as approved by the Board.
SOURCE: The provisions of rule 104.2 adopted to be effective March 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 1423; amended to be effective April, 2001; amended to be effective September, 2002; amended to be effective February 17, 2006, 31 TexReg 1035.

Rule 104.3 (OPEN) Rule 104.4 Penalties.

(a) Each licensee shall attest on the annual renewal application that he/she is in compliance with the statutory requirements for continuing education. (b) Falsification of a continuing education attestation is a violation of the Dental Practice Act and such false certification or the failure to attend and complete the required number of continuing education hours shall subject the dentist or dental hygienist to disciplinary action. (c) If it appears that the licensee has falsified the attestation, that matter will be referred to the Director of Enforcement of the State Board of Dental Examiners for proceeding as set forth in Rule 107.100 of this title (relating to Receipt, Processing, and Coordination of Complaint), Rule 107.101 of this title (relating to Guidelines for the Conduct of Investigation) and the Dental Practice Act.
SOURCE: The provisions of rule 104.4 adopted to be effective March 1, 1996 (21 TexReg 1423); amended to be effective June 28, 1998 (23 TexReg 6440); amended to be effective April 16, 2000 (25 TexReg 3250).

Rule 104.5

Auditable Documentation.

(a) Each licensee shall maintain in his/her possession auditable documentation of continuing education hours completed for a minimum of three years. (b) Documentation shall confirm completion as evidenced by certificates of attendance, contact hours certificates, academic transcripts, gradeslips, or other documents furnished by the course provider. (c) Documentation shall include records of courses taken, the dates and locations and number of hours for such courses, or course notes or materials. (d) Copies of documentation shall be submitted to the State Board of Dental Examiners upon audit.
SOURCE: The provisions of rule 104.5 adopted to be effective March 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 1423; amended to be effective April 16, 2000 (25 TexReg 3250).

Rule 104.6

Audits.

All licensees are subject to audit by the State Board of Dental Examiners for purposes of ensuring compliance with the continuing education requirements as outlined in this chapter (Continuing Education).
SOURCE: The provisions of rule 104.6, adopted to be effective July 2002 (27 TexReg 5783).

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