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Waiver extends time for California dental assistants, hygienists to satisfy exam requirements

October 06, 2020 6026

Dental assistants and dental hygienists in California who have not been able to complete their RDA and RDH programs and therefore take the required examinations and obtain their licenses due to COVID-19 restrictions now have additional time to satisfy the exam requirements.

The Department of Consumer Affairs on Sept. 30 issued a new waiver for dental assistants, dental hygienists and other healing arts practitioners whose applications for licensure are deemed abandoned between March 31 and Nov. 20 due to failure to take the required examinations. The applicants now have two years and six months from the date the initial application was received by the Dental Board of California to complete their licensing examination. 

The newest waiver extends the DCA’s June 23 waiver and applies to RDA and RDH applicants who could not complete their programs as a result of the statewide stay-at-home order issued March 19 by Gov. Gavin Newsom to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The governor’s state of emergency authorizes the Department of Consumer Affairs director to waive such statutory or regulatory professional licensing requirements for licensed individuals in the healing arts.

The DCA has issued several other waivers in recent months that CDA advocated for, including waivers in July and August that give licensed dentists, RDHs and RDAs more time to complete required continuing education for license renewal. Additionally, CDA successfully advocated for dental school graduates in California to be able to use passing scores on the WREB and ADEX mannikin-based examinations this summer to apply for licensure in California. 

The DCA’s Sept. 30 waiver does not relieve applicants from complying with all other requirements, including completing and submitting license application forms and supporting documents to the Dental Board of California. 

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