August 30th, 2017
The Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois State Dental Society have all made their recommendations regarding the coursework needed to obtain a Public Health Dental Hygienist Certificate.
All Recommendations have been given to The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, who are in the process of writing the specific coursework.
Please keep in mind that the legislative process is a long and sometimes a tedious one. Updates will continue to be posted as soon as they are made available to us.
This proposed legislation was introduced on January 24, 2017 to the 100th General Assembly.
To summarize, this proposed legislation will allow an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) who has completed training to: a) take material or digital final impressions; b) perform pulp vitality test; c) place, pack and finish composite restorations; d) start the flow of oxygen and monitor nitrous oxide-oxygen analgesia.
Click here to read the bill.
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This legislation passed out of the 99th General Assembly in July of 2016.
To summarize, a Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) may provide preventive treatment without a prior dental exam to patients who are uninsured or eligible for medicaid in a public health setting. To qualify as a PHDH, the individual must complete 42 clock hours of additional course work approved by the Department. At this time the course work has not been determined by the rules making process.
To read the bill in its entirety, click the link: HB5948 FINAL.pdf
For more information about the rule making process, click on the link: IL Rulemaking Process.pdf
Click here to read the most up to date Practice Act.
Click here to read the Illinois Dental Rules.