Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2003 ch. 082
Other Identifying Information:2003 House Bill 2155
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:An Act concerning dentists and dentistry, regarding temporary licensure of out-of-state dentists and dental hygienists; amending K.S.A. 65-1426 and 65-1455 and repealing the existing sections.
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CHAPTER 82

HOUSE BILL No. 2155


An Act concerning dentists and dentistry, regarding temporary licensure of out-of-state

dentists and dental hygienists; amending K.S.A. 65-1426 and 65-1455 and repealing the


existing sections.


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 65-1426 is hereby amended to read as follows: 65-

1426. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) or subsection

(d), every person who desires to practice dentistry in this state shall file

with the executive director of the board a written application for a license,

and furnish satisfactory proof that the applicant is at least 21 years of age,

of good moral character and a graduate of a dental school or college

approved by the board. Such application shall be upon the form pre-

scribed and furnished by the board and verified by the oath of the appli-

cant and shall be accompanied by the required fee and a recent un-

mounted, autographed photograph of the applicant.

(b) The board shall approve only those dental schools or colleges

which require the study of dentistry and dental surgery and which the

board determines have standards of education not less than that required

for accreditation by the commission on dental accreditation of the Amer-

ican dental association or its equivalent.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), the board shall

consider an application of: Any graduate of a dental school which has not

been approved by the board if the applicant successfully completes a

course of remedial or refresher instruction offered by a dental school or

college where both the course and the school have been approved by the

board.

(d) Any graduate of an accredited dental school, dental college or

dental department of a college or university, who: (1) Has a D.D.S. or

D.M.D. degree and is otherwise qualified; (2) is not licensed to practice

dentistry in Kansas; and (3) holds a license to practice in the state from

which they are applying, upon application, may be issued a temporary

license of not more than 14 calendar days to provide dental services under

subsection (f)(4) of K.S.A. 75-6102, and amendments thereto.

(d) (e) The board is hereby authorized and empowered to adopt such

further rules in regard to the qualifications of applicants for licensure, not

in conflict with this section, as it from time to time may deem necessary

and proper.

(e) (f) The board shall adopt rules and regulations establishing the

criteria which a school shall satisfy in meeting the standards of education

established under subsection (b). The board may send a questionnaire

developed by the board to any school for which the board does not have

sufficient information to determine whether the school meets the

requirements of subsection (b) and rules and regulations adopted under

this section. The questionnaire providing the necessary information shall

be completed and returned to the board in order for the school to be

considered for approval. The board may contract with investigative agen-

cies, commissions or consultants to assist the board in obtaining infor-

mation about schools. In entering such contracts the authority to approve

schools shall remain solely with the board.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 65-1455 is hereby amended to read as follows: 65-

1455. (a) No person shall practice as a dental hygienist in this state until

such person has passed an examination by the board under such rules

and regulations as the board may adopt. The board shall accept clinical

board examination results for graduates of dental hygiene schools ap-

proved by the board from all nationally recognized regional dental hy-

giene clinical testing agencies and from individual state dental hygiene

licensure authorities. The fee for such examination shall be fixed by the

board pursuant to K.S.A. 65-1447 and amendments thereto. A license fee

shall be paid to the board in the amount fixed by the board pursuant to

K.S.A. 65-1447 and amendments thereto.

(b) Any graduate of an accredited dental hygiene school, dental col-

lege or dental department of a college or university who: (1) Has a R.D.H.

(registered dental hygienist) or L.D.H. (licensed dental hygienist) and is

otherwise qualified; (2) is not licensed to practice as a dental hygienist in

Kansas; and (3) holds a license to practice in the state from which they

are applying, upon application, may be issued a temporary license of not

more than 14 days to provide dental hygienist services under subsection

(f)(4) of K.S.A. 75-6102, and amendments thereto.

(b) (c) The board shall issue licenses as dental hygienists to those who

have passed the examination in a manner satisfactory to the board. Each

license shall be posted and displayed in the office in which the hygienist

is employed, but no person shall be entitled to such license unless such

person is more than 18 years of age, of good moral character and a grad-

uate of a school approved by the board for dental hygienists. The board

shall approve only those dental hygiene schools which require the study

of dental hygiene and which the board determines have standards of

education not less than that required for accreditation by the commission

on dental accreditation of the American dental association or its equiva-

lent.

(c) (d) The board shall adopt rules and regulations establishing the

criteria which a school for dental hygienists shall satisfy in meeting the

standards of education established under subsection (b). The board may

send a questionnaire developed by the board to any school for dental

hygienists for which the board does not have sufficient information to

determine whether the school meets the requirements of subsection (b)

and rules and regulations adopted under this section. The questionnaire

providing the necessary information shall be completed and returned to

the board in order for the school to be considered for approval. The board

may contract with investigative agencies, commissions or consultants to

assist the board in obtaining information about schools. In entering such

contracts the authority to approve schools shall remain solely with the

board.

(d) (e) Any person practicing dental hygiene in violation of the pro-

visions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and the board may

revoke or suspend such person's license therefor.

Sec. 3. K.S.A. 65-1426 and 65-1455 are hereby repealed.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the statute book.

Approved April 16, 2002.


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Date Composed: 10/29/2003 Date Modified: 10/29/2003