(1) To ensure continuing efforts on the part of Oregon licensed denturists to remain current with new developments in the denture technology and health care field and to encourage diversified training and qualifications in the profession continuing education is required as a condition of licensure.
(2) Continuing education requirements apply whether the applicant renewing a license is living or working within Oregon or outside of the state so long as Oregon licensure is maintained.
(3) Continuing education is required for renewal, every two years, even if the denturist license has been inactive during that period.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 680.530
Stats. Implemented: ORS 680.530
Hist.: HDLP 3-1998, f. 6-26-98, cert. ef. 7-1-98; HLO 2-2004, f. 6-29-04, cert. ef. 7-1-04; HLA 5-2008, f. 9-15-08, cert. ef. 10-1-08
Continuing Education Requirements
(1) Each denturist must complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every two years from the date of licensure to qualify for renewal of the denturist's license. Four of the required 20 hours must be directly related to partial denture services.
(2) Each denturist shall report compliance with the continuing education requirement through attestation on the license renewal document. Licensees shall be subject to the provisions of OAR 331-415-0020 pertaining to the periodic audit of continuing education.
(3) Continuing education includes attendance or participation at an instructional program presented, recognized, or under the auspices of any permanently organized institution, agency, or professional organization or association. For example, lectures, post-secondary school or post-graduate courses, scientific sessions at conventions, teaching (provided that no more than half the required hours be in teaching), or correspondence courses, or video tapes, or similar self-study provided an examination is taken and passed as part of the course.
(4) Subject matter shall be related specifically to denture technology as set forth in ORS 680.515(1)(a), the law and rules regulating licensed denturists, science, related dental practices, health care professional concerns such as infection control or medical emergencies, ethics, and business practices. A Board member will be designated to review the content of continuing education courses upon request by Oregon Health Licensing Agency.
(5) Proof of participation in required continuing education is the responsibility of the denturist. To ensure that adequate proof of attainment of required continuing education is available for audit or investigation by the agency, denturists shall maintain a record of attendance for two years following the two-year continuing education cycle and renewal of the denturist license.
(6) Hours obtained in excess of the 20 contact hours required each two-year period will not be carried forward as credit for the succeeding two-year continuing education requirement.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 676.605, 680.530 & 680.565
Stats. Implemented: ORS 676.605, 680.530 & 680.565
Hist.: HD 10-1989, f. & cert. ef. 11-21-89; HD 13-1991 (Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-30-91; HD 3-1992, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-92; HD 22-1993, f. 12-30-93, cert. ef. 1-1-94; HDLP 3-1998, f. 6-26-98, cert. ef. 7-1-98, Renumbered from 333-020-0041; HDLP 1-2001, f. 3-21-01, cert. ef. 4-1-01; HLO 2-2004, f. 6-29-04, cert. ef. 7-1-04; HLA 5-2008, f. 9-15-08, cert. ef. 10-1-08
Continuing Education: Audit, Required Documentation and Sanctions
(1) The Health Licensing Office will audit a select percentage of licensee records determined by the Board to verify compliance with continuing education requirements.
(2) Licensees notified of selection for audit of continuing education attestation shall submit to the agency, within 30 calendar days from the date of issuance of the notification, satisfactory evidence of participation in required continuing education in accordance with OAR 331-415-0010.
(3) Documentation of a certificate of completion of attendance at a program or course provided by the sponsor must include:
(a) Name of sponsoring institution/association or organization;
(b) Title of presentation and description of content;
(c) Name of instructor or presenter;
(d) Date of attendance and duration in hours;
(e) Course agenda;
(f) Official transcript, diploma, certificate, statement or affidavit from the sponsor, attesting to attendance.
(4) If documentation of continuing education is invalid or incomplete, the licensee must correct the deficiency within 30 calendar days from the date of notice. Failure to correct the deficiency within the prescribed time shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action.
(5) Misrepresentation of continuing education, or failing to meet continuing education requirements or documentation may result in disciplinary action, which may include but is not limited to assessment of a civil penalty and suspension or revocation of the license.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 680.565
Stats. Implemented: ORS 680.565
Hist.: HDLP 3-1998, f. 6-26-98, cert. ef. 7-1-98; HDLP 1-2002, f. 5-31-02, cert. ef 6-1-02; HLO 2-2004, f. 6-29-04, cert. ef. 7-1-04