Recently, AzDHA’s Advocacy Chair, Deb Kappes, attended a 4-hour virtual Board of Dental Examiner’s (BODEX) meeting where discussion took place regarding several agenda items, as you can imagine. To recap some of the discussions, Deb stated the following:
One agenda item discussed was the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPR) where one decision BODEX made, regarding dental therapy, was to set licensing fees:
- Initial, prorated fee: $80 (compared to $55 for DH)
- Triennial renewal: $375 (compared to $255 for DH)
- Jurisprudence exam: $200 (compared to $100 for DH)
- Licensure by credential: $1500 (compared to $1000 for DH)
There was much discussion about reducing all fees due to the ever-growing BODEX fund but ultimately no changes were made relevant to this version of the proposed rules.
Another discussion was in regard to COVID-19 – implementing Governor Ducey’s March 22 Executive Order (EO) Continuity of Work: The board clarified the following:
- For those of us renewing this year – we will have an extra six months –
until the end of December. This doesn’t mean you have to wait or that there is any special benefit to wait as our renewal fees this year are waived anyway due to previous legislation. This just allows extra time to get your CEs.
- Relevant to CEs – per the Governor’s EO, there will be NO limitations
for online (asynchronous) CEs
- Relevant to CPR – they waived the requirement that online courses must include a physical component – just the online course will suffice.
- Staff is working on a process to issue provisional licenses per the EO
The board waived the initial, prorated licensing fees and jurisprudence exam fees (except for the $35 online exam fee which actually goes to the exam provider, ProMetrics) for anyone (e.g. 2020 grads) seeking initial licensure in the state as long as the EO is still in effect. That would mean a $155 savings for the 2020 dental hygiene grads who take advantage of the provisional
licensing process. Board staff will use their own judgement regarding those who are already in the process of licensing.
Furthermore, BODEX determined they needed to address whether or not COVID-19 testing can legally be done by dentists and dental hygienists. This would be other than those volunteers or entities covered under the Governor’s recent EO Good Samaritan Order. Sean Murphy, the new ED for AzDA asked for this to be added to a future agenda to discuss and decide.