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DQAC Update

On Friday, September 11th, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) held a public meeting to discuss ongoing business. Here are some of the meeting highlights:

The Commission approved a request from New York-based Lutheran Medical Center that would allow resident graduates of their AEGD program who trained in approved clinical training sites in Washington state to be eligible to apply for dental licensure via a residency pathway. Washington law (RCW 18.32.040(3)(c)) already allows dental residents to obtain their license in lieu of examination if the Commission has approved the individual program. Dental directors from several Lutheran clinic sites in Washington state attended the meeting and spoke in support of the residency licensure track. With this approval, 16 additional clinical sites across the state will be allowed to offer residency in lieu of examination for graduates of their residency program. 

Additionally, the Commission voted to approve the State of Oregon dental assistant restorative functions certificate as substantially equivalent to the State of Washington expanded function dental auxiliary licensing standards. Oregon requires completion of the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) restorative examination to receive the certificate.
The following rules have been recently approved by the Commission or are currently under review:

  • WAC 246-817-160: Graduates of non-accredited schools – Approved. Effective date: 6/30/2015
  • WAC 246-817-701 through 790: Administration of anesthetic agents for dental procedures – Under review. Public hearing date: 12/11/2015
  • WAC 246-817-460: Sexual misconduct – Approved. Effective date: 9/4/2015
  • WAC 246-817-550 and 560: Acts that may be performed by dental hygienists – Under review. DQAC elected to open rules based on the Dental Collaboration Committee's proposed changes which include:
  1. Moving the delivery of oral sedatives from close to general supervision;
  2. Adding the delivery of pre-medications to general supervision; and 
  3. Allowing hygienists to use onset buffering.

Should you have additional questions regarding the Commission’s rule making changes or process, please contact DQAC Program Manager, Jennifer Santiago at: 


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