Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 25-13.

Synopsis: Dental hygienists. Increases the number of continuing education hours required for a dental hygienist during a licensing period from 14 to 25.

Effective: July 1, 2007.


    January 8, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedures.


First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning professions and occupations.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 25-13-1-17; (07)IN1106.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 25-13-1-17 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 17. (a) The board may issue a license upon payment of the fee set by the board under section 5 of this chapter by an applicant who furnishes satisfactory proof that the applicant:
        (1) is a dental hygienist;
        (2) is currently licensed in some other state that has licensing requirements substantially equal to those in effect in Indiana on the date of application;
        (3) has been in satisfactory practice for at least two (2) years out of the preceding five (5) years;
        (4) passes the law examination; and
        (5) has completed at least fourteen (14) twenty-five (25) hours of continuing education in the previous two (2) years.
However, all other requirements of this chapter must be met and the licensing requirements of the law and the board of the state from which such candidate comes may not be less than those prescribed in this

    (b) An applicant who, before September 1, 1987, graduated from a school for dental hygienists that was recognized by the board at the time the degree was conferred and that required a course of training of only one (1) year, and who has completed:
        (1) one (1) year of internship in a dental clinic of an accepted hospital;
        (2) one (1) year of teaching, after graduation, in a school for dental hygienists; or
        (3) five (5) years of actual dental practice as a dental hygienist;
may apply for licensure under this section if all other requirements of this section are met.

SOURCE: IC 25-13-2-6; (07)IN1106.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 25-13-2-6 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 6. (a) A dental hygienist must complete at least fourteen (14) twenty-five (25) credit hours in continuing education courses each license period.
    (b) Credit hours may be applied under this section only toward the credit hour requirement for the license period during which the credit hours are earned.
    (c) During a license period, a dental hygienist may not earn more than five (5) credit hours toward the requirements under this section for continuing education courses that relate specifically to the area of practice management.
    (d) Not more than two (2) credit hours for certification programs in basic life support required under IC 25-13-1-8(b)(3) may be applied toward the credit hour requirement during each license period.