64B5-2.0135. Dental Hygiene Examination  

Effective on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
  • 1(1) Practical or Clinical Examination:

    6(a) Currently, the Florida practical or clinical examination is the Dental Hygiene Examination developed by the American Board of Dental Examiners, Inc. (ADEX) and administered by the North Eastern Regional Board, Inc. (NERB). Any ADEX Dental Hygiene Examination administered after June 1, 2010, will meet the clinical or practical examination requirement, regardless of the jurisdiction in which the exam was administered.

    67(b) Any dental hygiene applicant, who fails to pass the Practical or Clinical Examination in three (3) attempts, shall not be eligible for reexamination until the successful completion of one academic semester of clinical course work at the senior clinical practice level at a dental hygiene school approved by the American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation. A failure to comply with the remedial course work in this paragraph will result in a denial of licensure or a denial to sit for reexamination.

    149(c) The Board of Dentistry hereby approves the practical or clinical Dental Hygiene Examination developed by ADEX. All ADEX clinical or practical examination procedures, standards, and criteria are approved and shall remain approved contingent on the Board of Dentistry maintaining representation on the ADEX House of Representatives and the ADEX Dental Hygiene Examination Development Committee.

    204(d) Candidates for the dental hygiene examination may only assess patients for suitability as exam patients at a dental office under the direct supervision of a Florida licensed dentist, or at an accredited dental hygiene program, or an accredited dental school under the direct supervision of a program faculty member.

    254(2) Laws and Rules Examination:

    259(a) The written examination shall be an examination covering the laws and rules applicable to the practice of a health care profession, the practice of dentistry and the practice of dental hygiene in the State of Florida.

    296(b) The examination shall, at a minimum, cover the following subject areas:

    3081. The provisions of Chapter 466, F.S.;

    3152. The provisions of Chapter 456, F.S.; and

    3233. The provisions of Chapter 64B5, F.A.C.

    330(c) No more than three percent (3%) of the examination shall cover the topic of Chapter 456, F.S.

    348(3) Grading, Passing Results, and Time Requirements:

    355(a) The practical or clinical examination administered in the State of Florida shall be graded by Florida licensed dentists and hygienists.

    376(b) The practical or clinical examination must be completed with a score of seventy-five (75) points or greater on both portions of the examinations, whether administered in Florida or another jurisdiction.

    407(c) The written examination shall be completed with a seventy-five percent (75%) or greater.

    421(4) Historical Note Florida Dental Hygiene Exam:

    428(a) On March 23, 2012, legislation became effective, SB 1040, which amended Section 441466.007, F.S. 443Beginning July 1, 2012, the amendment made the Florida Dental Hygiene Exam the hygiene examination developed by ADEX.

    461(b) Prior to the legislative change, the Board voted and implemented the Dental Hygiene Exam developed by ADEX and set June 1, 2010, as the controlling date for acceptance of this exam. Preceding June 1, 2010, the hygiene examination was an independent administered state exam.

    506(c) In accordance with the applicable rules and statutes, June 1, 2010, is the earliest date the Board shall accept for a valid Dental Hygiene Exam developed by ADEX, as this is the earliest date the Board and Council found the ADEX exam met the requirements of Section 554466.007, F.S.

    556Rulemaking Authority 558466.004(4) FS. 560Law Implemented 562466.007 FS. 564History–New 3-16-82, Amended 5-2-84, 5-19-85, 10-8-85, 12-8-85, Formerly 21G-2.135, Amended 12-31-86, 10-19-87, 2-21-88, 5-29-88, Formerly 21G-2.0135, 61F5-2.0135, Amended 11-15-95, Formerly 59Q-2.0135, Amended 10-31-01, 7-6-05, 12-31-09, 10-10-10, 12-28-11, 8-8-12, 1-27-15, 9-1-15.


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