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WEBINAR ON PUBLIC HEALTH DENTAL HYGIENIST CERTIFICATION:

This webinar on YouTube is an overview about how to obtain the PHDH certification.

THE LEGISLATION:

Revisions to the Illinois Dental Practice Act regarding the Public Health Dental Hygienist Definition and Training:

Definition of Public Health Dental Hygienist 

“Public health dental hygienist” means a hygienist who holds a valid license to practice in the State has 2 years of full-time clinical experience or an equivalent of 4,000 hours of clinical experience and has completed at least 42 clock hours of additional structured courses in dental education in advanced areas specific to public health dentistry.

“Public health setting” means a federally qualified health center; a Federal. State, or local public health facility; Head Start; a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) facility; or a certified school-based health center of school-based oral health program.

“Public health supervision” means the supervision of a public health dental hygienist by a licensed dentist who has a written public health supervision agreement with that public health dental hygienist while working in an approved facility or program that allows the public health dental hygienist to treat patients, without a dentist first examining the patient and being present in the facility during treatment, (1) who are eligible for Medicaid or (2) who are uninsured and whose household income is not greater than 200% of the federal poverty level.

Sec. 13.5. Training programs for public health dental hygienists.

  • (a)   With respect to the requirement that a public health dental hygienist have additional structured courses in dental education in advanced areas specific to public health dentistry, education in advanced areas specific to public health dentistry must include emergency procedures for medically compromised patients (5 hours), pharmacology (5 hours), medical recordkeeping procedures (4 hours), geriatric dentistry (5 hours), pediatric dentistry (5 hours), and pathology (5 hours) provided by:
  • (1)   An educational institution accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation, such as a dental school or dental hygiene program; or
  • (2)   A statewide dental association or dental hygiene association, approved by the Department to provide continuing education, that has developed and conducted training programs for expanded functions for dental assistants and hygienists.
  • (b)    Training programs for a public health dental hygienist must:
  • (1)   Include a minimum 29 hours of didactic study as described in subsection (a), which may be taken in an online structured format and in compliance with the continued learning education requirements of 68 Illinois Administrative Code 1220.440;
  • (2)   Require completing of 5 hours of didactic courses in the following topic areas:  special needs dentistry, teledentistry, nutritional needs of geriatric and low income patients, communication techniques with non-English speaking patients, cultural competency, and professional ethics;
  • (3)    Require completion of an 8 hour live classroom review that includes a comprehension exam on the subjects required in subsection (a) and submit certification of successful completion to the supervising dentist; and
  • (4)   Issue a certificate of completion of the training program requirement, which must be kept on file at the supervising dentist’s office and with the public health dental hygienist which will be made available to the Department upon request.
  • Sec. 13.10. Public health dental hygienist supervision agreement.  After completion of the requirements of Section 13.5, a public health dental hygienist may operate in a public health setting that meets the requirements of Section 18.1 with a dentist who is working in or has contracted with a local or State government agency or institution or who is providing services as part of a certified school-based program or school-based oral health program.

Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon becoming law.


Ready to take the final review course and exam?  



Fill out the pre-required eligibility and courses form and send to mail@idha.net

(NOTE: PLEASE ALSO ATTACH COURSE CERTIFICATES IN PDF or JPEG IN THE ORDER OF LIST ON THE FORM)

Eligibility Form


Approved PHDH Certification Courses:

Last Updated July 17, 2020

Approved Courses List

(NOTE: Some of these courses are no longer available)


Other 2020 dates are August 9th and October 11th.   

In January 2021 - training will resume.


Questions:

Contact Laura Scully, at mail@idha.net


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