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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 8. Business and Professions
- Chapter 36. Dentistry
- Section 234. Licensure By Credentials.
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. Exemption From License Requirement.
AS 08.36.234. Licensure By Credentials.
- (a) The board shall provide for the licensing without examination, except as provided in (2) of this subsection, of a
- (1) provides certification to the board that the dentist
- (A) is a graduate of a dental school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association, or
its successor agency, and holds a certificate from the American Dental Association Joint Commission on National Dental
Examinations that the dentist has passed the written examination given by the commission;
- (B) has passed clinical and written examinations required for licensure in another state, territory, or region of the
United States and is licensed to practice dentistry in a state, territory, or region of the United States; the state,
territory, or region in which the dentist is licensed must have licensing requirements at least generally equivalent to
those of this state at the time of application; if the board does not consider the licensing requirements of the other
jurisdiction to be generally equivalent to those of this state at the time of application because certain areas of
subject matter were not included in the other jurisdiction's examinations, the board may find compliance with the
requirements of this subparagraph if the dentist holds a specialty certification in the omitted subject areas;
- (C) is in good standing with the licensing entity in the jurisdiction where the dentist is currently licensed and in all
jurisdictions in which the dentist was previously licensed while practicing in those jurisdictions; if the dentist is
employed by the federal government, the dentist must be in good standing with the employing federal agency;
- (D) has been engaged in continuous active clinical practice averaging at least 20 hours a week for each of the five years
immediately preceding the application
- (i) in a jurisdiction in which the dentist was licensed and in good standing; or
- (ii) working for the federal government while in good standing with the employing federal agency and after having been
licensed by a jurisdiction;
- (E) is not the subject of an adverse decision based upon a complaint, investigation, review procedure, or other
disciplinary proceeding within the five years immediately preceding application, or of an unresolved complaint,
investigation, review procedure, or other disciplinary proceeding, undertaken by a state, territorial, local, or
federal dental licensing jurisdiction or a dental society;
- (F) is not the subject of an unresolved or an adverse decision based upon a complaint, investigation, review procedure, or
other disciplinary proceeding undertaken by a state, territorial, local, or federal dental licensing jurisdiction,
dental society, or law enforcement agency that relates to criminal or fraudulent activity, dental malpractice, or
negligent dental care and that adversely reflects on the applicant's ability or competence to practice dentistry or on
the safety or well-being of patients;
- (G) has not previously had a license to practice dentistry suspended for grounds similar to those specified under AS 08.36.315
, revoked, or voluntarily surrendered;
- (H) has completed at least 42 hours of continuing education related to clinical dentistry in the three years preceding
application for a license in this state; the continuing education must have been approved by the American Dental
Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, or the appropriate specialty board;
- (I) has not, within the previous three years, failed the clinical exam given by the Western Regional Examining Board;
- (J) is not the subject of an adverse report from the National Practitioner Data Bank or the American Association of Dental
Examiners Clearinghouse for Board Actions that relates to criminal or fraudulent activity, negligent dental care, or
- (2) has passed, to the satisfaction of the board, a written examination that
pertains to the state's laws on the practice of dentistry; the board may not require a higher passing score
for applicants under this section than the board requires for applicants under AS 08.36.110
- (3) is personally interviewed by the board for purposes of verifying credentials;
- (4) pays all required fees;
- (5) provides the board with an affidavit that the dentist is not an impaired practitioner;
- (6) provides to the board an authorization for release of records in a form prescribed by the board.
- (b) A dentist applying for licensure without clinical examination is responsible for providing to the board all materials
required by this section or by the board to implement this section to establish eligibility for a license without
clinical examination. In addition to the grounds for revocation of a license under AS 08.36.315
, the board may revoke a license issued without a clinical examination upon evidence of misinformation or substantial
- (c) The board shall adopt regulations necessary to implement this section, including the form and manner of certification
of qualifications under this section.
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