(225 ILCS 25/13.5)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
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 on 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 completion 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 in-person
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.
(Source: P.A. 101-64, eff. 7-12-19.)