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A03560
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
1275
Session of
2015
INTRODUCED BY O'NEILL, BOBACK, COHEN, GIBBONS, HARKINS, LEWIS
AND READSHAW, JUNE 2, 2015
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, JUNE 2, 2015
AN ACT
Amending the act of May 1, 1933 (P.L.216, No.76), entitled "An
act relating to dentistry; defining and providing for the
licensing and registration of dentists and dental hygienists,
and for the revocation and suspension of such licenses and
registrations, subject to appeal, and for their
reinstatement; defining the powers and duties of the State
Dental Council and Examining Board and the Department of
Public Instruction; providing penalties; and repealing
existing laws," further providing for definitions, for public
health dental hygiene practitioner and for restricted faculty
license.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The definition of "practice of dentistry" in
section 2 of the act of May 1, 1933 (P.L.216, No.76), known as
The Dental Law, amended July 2, 2014 (P.L.828, No.89), is
amended to read:
Section 2. Definitions.--A person engages in the "Practice
of Dentistry," within the meaning of this act, who diagnoses,
treats, operates on, or prescribes for any disease, pain or
injury, or regulates any deformity or physical condition, of the
human teeth, jaws, or associated structures, or conducts a
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physical evaluation, or administers anesthetic agents, or uses
ionizing radiation in the course of dental practice, or who
fits, constructs, and inserts any artificial appliance, plate,
or denture for the human teeth or jaws, or who holds himself or
herself out as being able or legally authorized to do so. The
term "Practice of Dentistry" includes the practice of dentistry
under a restricted faculty license. The term "Practice of
Dentistry" does not include:
(a) The practice of any of the healing arts by duly licensed
practitioners.
(b) The extracting of teeth or relieving pain by a licensed
physician or surgeon in emergencies, or the making of
applications for such purposes.
(c) The practice of dentistry by a duly licensed
practitioner of dentistry of any other state or country, for the
limited purpose of consultation with respect to any case under
treatment in this Commonwealth, or of demonstrating before any
duly authorized dental society in this Commonwealth.
(e) The practice of dentistry in clinical departments and
laboratories of dental schools and their affiliated facilities
approved by the board in the Commonwealth, by bona fide students
pursuing a course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of
Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine.
(f) The practice of dentistry in a dental clinic operated
not for profit for the duration of an internship, residency or
other graduate training program approved by the American Dental
Association Commission on Dental Accreditation or a dental
anesthesiology training program that meets the standards of an
accrediting body acceptable to the board, by persons having
acquired the preliminary and professional education required for
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admission into the program, after notification to the board.
(g) The practice of dentistry in a clinical continuing
education course offered by a dental school in this Commonwealth
for a duration of twenty days or less, either continuous or in
several sessions, where dentists licensed in the United States
or other countries work under the direct supervision of dentists
licensed by the Commonwealth, and delivered within the
educational facilities of a dental school in this Commonwealth
that is approved by the American Dental Association Commission
on Dental Accreditation.
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Section 2. Section 11.9(b)(10) of the act, added July 20,
2007 (P.L.327, No.51), is amended to read:
Section 11.9. Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner.--*
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(b) The professional practice of a public health dental
hygiene practitioner shall be limited to the following practice
sites:
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(10) Other [institutions] locations the board deems
appropriate.
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Section 2 3. Section 11.11(a)(1) of the act, added July 2,
2014 (P.L.828, No.89), is amended to read:
Section 11.11. Restricted Faculty License.--(a) The board
shall grant without examination a restricted faculty license to
any qualified individual, not less than twenty-five years of
age, of good moral character, not addicted to the use of
intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs, who satisfies the
following criteria:
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(1) Is licensed to practice or teach dentistry by the proper
licensing authority of another state, country or United States
territory.
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Section 3 4. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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