Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0460-04-.02 - REGISTRATION PROCESS

To practice as a dental assistant beyond the scope of a practical dental assistant a person must possess a lawfully issued registration from the Board. The process for obtaining a registration is as follows:

(1) An applicant shall obtain a Board application form from the Board Administrative Office, respond truthfully and completely to every question or request for information contained in the form and submit it along with all documentation and fees required by the form and this rule to the Board Administrative Office. It is the intent of this rule that all activities necessary to accomplish the filing of the required documentation be completed prior to filing a registration application and that all documentation be filed simultaneously.
(2) An applicant shall submit:
(a) proof of having graduated from a high school or submit proof of possession of a general educational development (g.e.d.) certificate; and
(b) proof of having attained at least eighteen (18) years of age; and
(c) a signed "passport" style photograph taken within the preceding twelve (12) months.
(3) An applicant shall submit evidence of good moral character. Such evidence shall include at least two (2) letters attesting to the applicant's character from dental professionals on the signator's letterhead.
(4) An applicant shall submit proof of United States or Canadian citizenship or evidence of being legally entitled to live in the United States. Such evidence may include copies of birth certificates, naturalization papers, or current visa status.
(5) An applicant shall submit the registration application fee and state regulatory fee provided in rule 0460-01-.02(3).
(6) An applicant shall disclose the circumstances surrounding any of the following:
(a) Conviction of any criminal law violation of any country, state, or municipality, except minor traffic violations.
(b) The denial of registration application by any other state or the discipline of registration in any state.
(c) Failure of any professional licensure examinations.
(7) An applicant shall cause to be submitted to the Board's administrative office directly from the vendor identified in the Board's registration application materials, the result of a criminal background check.
(8) If an applicant has ever held a registration of any kind to practice dental assistance in any other state or Canada, the applicant shall submit or cause to be submitted the equivalent of the Tennessee Certificate of Endorsement from each such licensing board which indicates the applicant either holds a current active registration which is in good standing, or holds a registration which is currently inactive and whether it was in good standing at the time it became inactive.
(9) An applicant shall submit evidence of current training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which is defined as successful completion of a BLS for Healthcare Providers, or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, or an equivalent course, which provides training for healthcare professionals in CPR and the use of an AED by a Board approved training organization. The course must be conducted in person and include a skills examination on a manikin with a certified instructor.
(10) An applicant must successfully complete the Tennessee Board of Dentistry Ethics and Jurisprudence examination.
(11) Application review and registration decisions required by this rule shall be governed by rule 0460-01-.04.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0460-04-.02
Original rule certified June 7, 1974. Repeal filed August 26, 1980; effective December 1, 1980. New rule filed December 11, 1991; effective January 25, 1992. Amendment filed June 29, 1994; effective September 12, 1994. Amendment filed December 5, 1994; effective February 18, 1995. Amendment filed May 15, 1996; effective September 27, 1996. Amendment filed February 9, 2000; effective April 24, 2000. Amendment filed March 14, 2001; effective May 28, 2001. Amendment filed April 10, 2002; effective June 24, 2002. Amendments filed March 17, 2006; effective May 31, 2006. Amendment filed October 12, 2007; effective December 26, 2007. Amendment filed September 30, 2014; effective December 29, 2014. Amendments filed October 25, 2017; effective 1/23/2018.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-5-105, 63-5-107, 63-5-108, 63-5-111, 63-5-115, and 63-5-124.

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