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§30-4-10. License to practice dental hygiene.

(a) The board shall issue a dental hygienist license to an applicant who meets the following requirements:

(1) Is at least eighteen years of age;

(2) Is of good moral character;

(3) Is a graduate with a degree in dental hygiene from an approved dental hygiene program of a college, school or dental department of a university;

(4) Has passed the national board dental hygiene examination, a regional or state clinical examination and a state law examination that tests the applicant's knowledge of subjects specified by the board by rule;

(5) Has not been found guilty of cheating, deception or fraud in the examination or any part of the application;

(6) Has paid the application fee specified by rule; and,

(7) Not be an alcohol or drug abuser, as these terms are defined in section eleven, article one-a, chapter twenty-seven of this code: Provided, That an applicant in an active recovery process, which may, in the discretion of the board, be evidenced by participation in a twelve-step program or other similar group or process, may be considered.

(b) A dental hygienist license issued by the board and in good standing on the effective date of the amendments to this section shall for all purposes be considered a dental hygienist license issued under this section: Provided, That a person holding a dental hygienist license shall renew the license.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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