BILL NUMBER: AB 1524	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Hayashi

                        FEBRUARY 27, 2009

   An act to amend Section 1632 of, and to repeal Sections 1630 and
1631 of, the Business and Professions Code, relating to dentistry.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1524, as introduced, Hayashi. Dentistry: examination
requirements.
   The Dental Practice Act provides for the licensing and regulation
of dentists and associated professions by the Dental Board of
California. Existing law requires an applicant for a license to
practice dentistry to complete various examinations, including the
National Board Dental Examination, an examination in California law
and ethics developed by the board, and a clinical and written
examination administered either by the board or the Western Regional
Examining Board.
   This bill would abolish the clinical and written examination
administered by the board. The bill would instead replace that
examination with an assessment process in which an applicant is
assessed while enrolled at an in-state dental school utilizing
uniform standards of minimal clinical experiences and competencies
and at the end of his or her dental school program.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.
   AB 1524, as introduced, Hayashi. Dentistry: examination
requirements.
   The Dental Practice Act provides for the licensing and regulation
of dentists and associated professions by the Dental Board of
California. Existing law requires an applicant for a license to
practice dentistry to complete various examinations, including the
National Board Dental Examination, an examination in California law
and ethics developed by the board, and a clinical and written
examination administered either by the board or the Western Regional
Examining Board.
   This bill would abolish the clinical and written examination
administered by the board. The bill would instead replace that
examination with an assessment process in which an applicant is
assessed while enrolled at an in-state dental school utilizing
uniform standards of minimal clinical experiences and competencies
and at the end of his or her dental school program.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.
   AB 1524, as introduced, Hayashi. Dentistry: examination
requirements.
   The Dental Practice Act provides for the licensing and regulation
of dentists and associated professions by the Dental Board of
California. Existing law requires an applicant for a license to
practice dentistry to complete various examinations, including the
National Board Dental Examination, an examination in California law
and ethics developed by the board, and a clinical and written
examination administered either by the board or the Western Regional
Examining Board.
   This bill would abolish the clinical and written examination
administered by the board. The bill would instead replace that
examination with an assessment process in which an applicant is
assessed while enrolled at an in-state dental school utilizing
uniform standards of minimal clinical experiences and competencies
and at the end of his or her dental school program.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.
   AB 1524, as introduced, Hayashi. Dentistry: examination
requirements.
   The Dental Practice Act provides for the licensing and regulation
of dentists and associated professions by the Dental Board of
California. Existing law requires an applicant for a license to
practice dentistry to complete various examinations, including the
National Board Dental Examination, an examination in California law
and ethics developed by the board, and a clinical and written
examination administered either by the board or the Western Regional
Examining Board.
   This bill would abolish the clinical and written examination
administered by the board. The bill would instead replace that
examination with an assessment process in which an applicant is
assessed while enrolled at an in-state dental school utilizing
uniform standards of minimal clinical experiences and competencies
and at the end of his or her dental school program.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.
   AB 1524, as introduced, Hayashi. Dentistry: examination
requirements.
   The Dental Practice Act provides for the licensing and regulation
of dentists and associated professions by the Dental Board of
California. Existing law requires an applicant for a license to
practice dentistry to complete various examinations, including the
National Board Dental Examination, an examination in California law
and ethics developed by the board, and a clinical and written
examination administered either by the board or the Western Regional
Examining Board.
   This bill would abolish the clinical and written examination
administered by the board. The bill would instead replace that
examination with an assessment process in which an applicant is
assessed while enrolled at an in-state dental school utilizing
uniform standards of minimal clinical experiences and competencies
and at the end of his or her dental school program.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 1630 of the Business and Professions Code is
repealed. 
   1630.  The examination by the board of applicants for a license to
practice dentistry in this State shall be sufficiently thorough to
test the fitness of the applicant to practice dentistry, and both
questions and answers shall be written in the English language.

  SEC. 2.  Section 1631 of the Business and Professions Code is
repealed. 
   1631.  The subjects in which the applicant shall be examined shall
be those subjects as the board may from time to time prescribe.
However, the subjects of examination shall be selected in accordance
with the trend of dental education in California as that trend is
determined, from time to time by the curricula of the dental colleges
in California approved by the Dental Board of California, and no
examination shall be given on any subject which is not then, at the
time of the determination, being currently taught in those approved
dental colleges. In the event of any changes in the list of
examination subjects, all approved dental schools in the United
States shall be notified, by the executive officer of the board, at
least two years in advance of the effective date of any change or
changes in subjects. Each applicant, at the time of filing an
application to take any examination hereunder, shall be given a list
of the subjects of the examination for which he or she is making
application. 
  SEC. 3.  Section 1632 of the Business and Professions Code is
amended to read:
   1632.  (a) The board shall require each applicant to successfully
complete the written examinations of the National Board Dental
Examination of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.
   (b) The board shall require each applicant to successfully
complete an examination in California law and ethics developed and
administered by the board. The board shall provide a separate
application for this examination. Applicants shall submit this
application  and required fee  to the board in order to take
this examination. In addition to the aforementioned application, the
only other requirement for taking this examination shall be
certification from the dean of the qualifying dental school attended
by the applicant that the applicant has graduated, or will graduate,
or is expected to graduate. Applicants who submit completed
applications and certification from the dean at least 15 days prior
to a scheduled examination shall be scheduled to take the
examination. Successful results of the examination shall, as
established by board regulation, remain valid for two years from the
date that the applicant is notified of having passed the examination.

   (c) Except as otherwise provided in Section 1632.5, the board
shall require each applicant to have taken and received a passing
score on one of the following:
   (1)  A clinical and written examination developed and
administered by the board   A portfolio assessment of
the applicant's fitness to practice dentistry while the applicant is
enrolled in a dental school program at a board-approved school
located in California. This assessment shall utilize uniform
standards of minimal clinical experiences and competencies. The
applicant shall pass a final assessment at the end of his or her
dental school program  .
   (2) A clinical and written examination administered by the Western
Regional Examining Board, which board shall determine the passing
score for that examination.
   (d) Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 1628, the board is
authorized to do either of the following:
   (1) Approve an application for examination from  ,  and
to examine an applicant who is enrolled in  ,  but has not
yet graduated from  ,  a reputable dental school approved by
the board.
   (2) Accept the results of an examination described in paragraph
(2) of subdivision (c) submitted by an applicant who was enrolled in
 ,  but had not graduated from  ,  a reputable
dental school approved by the board at the time the examination was
administered.
   In either case, the board shall require the dean of that school or
his or her delegate to furnish satisfactory proof that the applicant
will graduate within one year of the date the examination was
administered.
  SECTION 1.  Section 1630 of the Business and Professions Code is
repealed. 
   1630.  The examination by the board of applicants for a license to
practice dentistry in this State shall be sufficiently thorough to
test the fitness of the applicant to practice dentistry, and both
questions and answers shall be written in the English language.

  SEC. 2.  Section 1631 of the Business and Professions Code is
repealed. 
   1631.  The subjects in which the applicant shall be examined shall
be those subjects as the board may from time to time prescribe.
However, the subjects of examination shall be selected in accordance
with the trend of dental education in California as that trend is
determined, from time to time by the curricula of the dental colleges
in California approved by the Dental Board of California, and no
examination shall be given on any subject which is not then, at the
time of the determination, being currently taught in those approved
dental colleges. In the event of any changes in the list of
examination subjects, all approved dental schools in the United
States shall be notified, by the executive officer of the board, at
least two years in advance of the effective date of any change or
changes in subjects. Each applicant, at the time of filing an
application to take any examination hereunder, shall be given a list
of the subjects of the examination for which he or she is making
application. 
  SEC. 3.  Section 1632 of the Business and Professions Code is
amended to read:
   1632.  (a) The board shall require each applicant to successfully
complete the written examinations of the National Board Dental
Examination of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.
   (b) The board shall require each applicant to successfully
complete an examination in California law and ethics developed and
administered by the board. The board shall provide a separate
application for this examination. Applicants shall submit this
application  and required fee  to the board in order to take
this examination. In addition to the aforementioned application, the
only other requirement for taking this examination shall be
certification from the dean of the qualifying dental school attended
by the applicant that the applicant has graduated, or will graduate,
or is expected to graduate. Applicants who submit completed
applications and certification from the dean at least 15 days prior
to a scheduled examination shall be scheduled to take the
examination. Successful results of the examination shall, as
established by board regulation, remain valid for two years from the
date that the applicant is notified of having passed the examination.

   (c) Except as otherwise provided in Section 1632.5, the board
shall require each applicant to have taken and received a passing
score on one of the following:
   (1)  A clinical and written examination developed and
administered by the board   A portfolio assessment of
the applicant's fitness to practice dentistry while the applicant is
enrolled in a dental school program at a board-approved school
located in California. This assessment shall utilize uniform
standards of minimal clinical experiences and competencies. The
applicant shall pass a final assessment at the end of his or her
dental school program  .
   (2) A clinical and written examination administered by the Western
Regional Examining Board, which board shall determine the passing
score for that examination.
   (d) Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 1628, the board is
authorized to do either of the following:
   (1) Approve an application for examination from  ,  and
to examine an applicant who is enrolled in  ,  but has not
yet graduated from  ,  a reputable dental school approved by
the board.
   (2) Accept the results of an examination described in paragraph
(2) of subdivision (c) submitted by an applicant who was enrolled in
 ,  but had not graduated from  ,  a reputable
dental school approved by the board at the time the examination was
administered.
   In either case, the board shall require the dean of that school or
his or her delegate to furnish satisfactory proof that the applicant
will graduate within one year of the date the examination was
administered.
  SECTION 1.  Section 1630 of the Business and Professions Code is
repealed. 
   1630.  The examination by the board of applicants for a license to
practice dentistry in this State shall be sufficiently thorough to
test the fitness of the applicant to practice dentistry, and both
questions and answers shall be written in the English language.

  SEC. 2.  Section 1631 of the Business and Professions Code is
repealed. 
   1631.  The subjects in which the applicant shall be examined shall
be those subjects as the board may from time to time prescribe.
However, the subjects of examination shall be selected in accordance
with the trend of dental education in California as that trend is
determined, from time to time by the curricula of the dental colleges
in California approved by the Dental Board of California, and no
examination shall be given on any subject which is not then, at the
time of the determination, being currently taught in those approved
dental colleges. In the event of any changes in the list of
examination subjects, all approved dental schools in the United
States shall be notified, by the executive officer of the board, at
least two years in advance of the effective date of any change or
changes in subjects. Each applicant, at the time of filing an
application to take any examination hereunder, shall be given a list
of the subjects of the examination for which he or she is making
application. 
  SEC. 3.  Section 1632 of the Business and Professions Code is
amended to read:
   1632.  (a) The board shall require each applicant to successfully
complete the written examinations of the National Board Dental
Examination of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.
   (b) The board shall require each applicant to successfully
complete an examination in California law and ethics developed and
administered by the board. The board shall provide a separate
application for this examination. Applicants shall submit this
application  and required fee  to the board in order to take
this examination. In addition to the aforementioned application, the
only other requirement for taking this examination shall be
certification from the dean of the qualifying dental school attended
by the applicant that the applicant has graduated, or will graduate,
or is expected to graduate. Applicants who submit completed
applications and certification from the dean at least 15 days prior
to a scheduled examination shall be scheduled to take the
examination. Successful results of the examination shall, as
established by board regulation, remain valid for two years from the
date that the applicant is notified of having passed the examination.

   (c) Except as otherwise provided in Section 1632.5, the board
shall require each applicant to have taken and received a passing
score on one of the following:
   (1)  A clinical and written examination developed and
administered by the board   A portfolio assessment of
the applicant's fitness to practice dentistry while the applicant is
enrolled in a dental school program at a board-approved school
located in California. This assessment shall utilize uniform
standards of minimal clinical experiences and competencies. The
applicant shall pass a final assessment at the end of his or her
dental school program  .
   (2) A clinical and written examination administered by the Western
Regional Examining Board, which board shall determine the passing
score for that examination.
   (d) Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 1628, the board is
authorized to do either of the following:
   (1) Approve an application for examination from  ,  and
to examine an applicant who is enrolled in  ,  but has not
yet graduated from  ,  a reputable dental school approved by
the board.
   (2) Accept the results of an examination described in paragraph
(2) of subdivision (c) submitted by an applicant who was enrolled in
 ,  but had not graduated from  ,  a reputable
dental school approved by the board at the time the examination was
administered.
   In either case, the board shall require the dean of that school or
his or her delegate to furnish satisfactory proof that the applicant
will graduate within one year of the date the examination was
administered.
  SECTION 1.  Section 1630 of the Business and Professions Code is
repealed. 
   1630.  The examination by the board of applicants for a license to
practice dentistry in this State shall be sufficiently thorough to
test the fitness of the applicant to practice dentistry, and both
questions and answers shall be written in the English language.

  SEC. 2.  Section 1631 of the Business and Professions Code is
repealed. 
   1631.  The subjects in which the applicant shall be examined shall
be those subjects as the board may from time to time prescribe.
However, the subjects of examination shall be selected in accordance
with the trend of dental education in California as that trend is
determined, from time to time by the curricula of the dental colleges
in California approved by the Dental Board of California, and no
examination shall be given on any subject which is not then, at the
time of the determination, being currently taught in those approved
dental colleges. In the event of any changes in the list of
examination subjects, all approved dental schools in the United
States shall be notified, by the executive officer of the board, at
least two years in advance of the effective date of any change or
changes in subjects. Each applicant, at the time of filing an
application to take any examination hereunder, shall be given a list
of the subjects of the examination for which he or she is making
application. 
  SEC. 3.  Section 1632 of the Business and Professions Code is
amended to read:
   1632.  (a) The board shall require each applicant to successfully
complete the written examinations of the National Board Dental
Examination of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.
   (b) The board shall require each applicant to successfully
complete an examination in California law and ethics developed and
administered by the board. The board shall provide a separate
application for this examination. Applicants shall submit this
application  and required fee  to the board in order to take
this examination. In addition to the aforementioned application, the
only other requirement for taking this examination shall be
certification from the dean of the qualifying dental school attended
by the applicant that the applicant has graduated, or will graduate,
or is expected to graduate. Applicants who submit completed
applications and certification from the dean at least 15 days prior
to a scheduled examination shall be scheduled to take the
examination. Successful results of the examination shall, as
established by board regulation, remain valid for two years from the
date that the applicant is notified of having passed the examination.

   (c) Except as otherwise provided in Section 1632.5, the board
shall require each applicant to have taken and received a passing
score on one of the following:
   (1)  A clinical and written examination developed and
administered by the board   A portfolio assessment of
the applicant's fitness to practice dentistry while the applicant is
enrolled in a dental school program at a board-approved school
located in California. This assessment shall utilize uniform
standards of minimal clinical experiences and competencies. The
applicant shall pass a final assessment at the end of his or her
dental school program  .
   (2) A clinical and written examination administered by the Western
Regional Examining Board, which board shall determine the passing
score for that examination.
   (d) Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 1628, the board is
authorized to do either of the following:
   (1) Approve an application for examination from  ,  and
to examine an applicant who is enrolled in  ,  but has not
yet graduated from  ,  a reputable dental school approved by
the board.
   (2) Accept the results of an examination described in paragraph
(2) of subdivision (c) submitted by an applicant who was enrolled in
 ,  but had not graduated from  ,  a reputable
dental school approved by the board at the time the examination was
administered.
   In either case, the board shall require the dean of that school or
his or her delegate to furnish satisfactory proof that the applicant
will graduate within one year of the date the examination was
administered.
  SECTION 1.  Section 1630 of the Business and Professions Code is
repealed. 
   1630.  The examination by the board of applicants for a license to
practice dentistry in this State shall be sufficiently thorough to
test the fitness of the applicant to practice dentistry, and both
questions and answers shall be written in the English language.

  SEC. 2.  Section 1631 of the Business and Professions Code is
repealed. 
   1631.  The subjects in which the applicant shall be examined shall
be those subjects as the board may from time to time prescribe.
However, the subjects of examination shall be selected in accordance
with the trend of dental education in California as that trend is
determined, from time to time by the curricula of the dental colleges
in California approved by the Dental Board of California, and no
examination shall be given on any subject which is not then, at the
time of the determination, being currently taught in those approved
dental colleges. In the event of any changes in the list of
examination subjects, all approved dental schools in the United
States shall be notified, by the executive officer of the board, at
least two years in advance of the effective date of any change or
changes in subjects. Each applicant, at the time of filing an
application to take any examination hereunder, shall be given a list
of the subjects of the examination for which he or she is making
application. 
  SEC. 3.  Section 1632 of the Business and Professions Code is
amended to read:
   1632.  (a) The board shall require each applicant to successfully
complete the written examinations of the National Board Dental
Examination of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.
   (b) The board shall require each applicant to successfully
complete an examination in California law and ethics developed and
administered by the board. The board shall provide a separate
application for this examination. Applicants shall submit this
application  and required fee  to the board in order to take
this examination. In addition to the aforementioned application, the
only other requirement for taking this examination shall be
certification from the dean of the qualifying dental school attended
by the applicant that the applicant has graduated, or will graduate,
or is expected to graduate. Applicants who submit completed
applications and certification from the dean at least 15 days prior
to a scheduled examination shall be scheduled to take the
examination. Successful results of the examination shall, as
established by board regulation, remain valid for two years from the
date that the applicant is notified of having passed the examination.

   (c) Except as otherwise provided in Section 1632.5, the board
shall require each applicant to have taken and received a passing
score on one of the following:
   (1)  A clinical and written examination developed and
administered by the board   A portfolio assessment of
the applicant's fitness to practice dentistry while the applicant is
enrolled in a dental school program at a board-approved school
located in California. This assessment shall utilize uniform
standards of minimal clinical experiences and competencies. The
applicant shall pass a final assessment at the end of his or her
dental school program  .
   (2) A clinical and written examination administered by the Western
Regional Examining Board, which board shall determine the passing
score for that examination.
   (d) Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 1628, the board is
authorized to do either of the following:
   (1) Approve an application for examination from  ,  and
to examine an applicant who is enrolled in  ,  but has not
yet graduated from  ,  a reputable dental school approved by
the board.
   (2) Accept the results of an examination described in paragraph
(2) of subdivision (c) submitted by an applicant who was enrolled in
 ,  but had not graduated from  ,  a reputable
dental school approved by the board at the time the examination was
administered.
   In either case, the board shall require the dean of that school or
his or her delegate to furnish satisfactory proof that the applicant
will graduate within one year of the date the examination was
administered.