DENTAL SEALANT CERTIFICATION

 

DATES & TIMES:


GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Application Fee: $15.00 Check made to TN Board of Dentistry
  • Course Fee: $250.00 [View Payment Information]
  • Exams: Competency exam and complete required pit and fissure sealants as described below
  • Credit Hours: 6 Hours
  • Materials: you must bring to class are:
      PPE (gloves, mask, eye protection, scrubs and lab jacket)
      etchant
      several microbrushes
      sealant material
      explorer
      mixing pad sheets
      10 extracted, sterilized sealable teeth free of decay, prior restorations, or prior sealants
      (8 of which are permanent molars and 2 permanent premolars)
      Please mount these teeth in plaster or dental stone with the entire anatomical crown exposed.

 

IMPORTANT COURSE REQUIREMENTS- with 2015 TN Board of Dentistry Changes:

 

 

The certification course shall consist of a minimum of six (6) hours of study of which at least four (4) hours must be clinical exercises or until the clinical instructor determines clinical competency has been met.

 

During the clinical portion of the course, each student shall complete pit and fissure sealants on at least ten (10) sterile extracted and sealable teeth until competency is determined by the instructor. Laboratory tooth models specifically designed for sealant placement may be substituted for some of the extracted teeth. Acceptance of teeth other than extracted teeth is to be determined by the dentist directing the course.

 

  • f) Each student must pass a competency examination on the material covered in the didactic section before continuing to the clinical exercises. The passing grade is set at seventy-five percent (75%). Students who do not pass the competency examination may be offered remediation before the start of the clinical exercises and attempt to pass the examination an additional two (2) times. In the event a student takes and fails the examination a total of three (3) times, the student shall be required to retake the course and retake the examination at a future date.
  • g) During the clinical portion of the course, each student shall complete pit and fissure sealants on at least ten (10) sterile extracted and sealable teeth or until competency is determined by the instructor. Laboratory tooth models specifically designed for sealant placement may be substituted for some of the extracted teeth. Acceptance of teeth other than extracted teeth is to be determined by the dentist directing the course.
  • necessary materials and instruments shall be provided by the student. In working with the extracted teeth all OSHA personal protective equipment shall be utilized and the teeth disposed of in accordance with standard practices.
  • h) Upon successful completion of the course, the certification application and fee must be submitted by the student.
  • i) The director/instructor of the certification course shall, within thirty (30) days after course completion or upon graduation from a dental assisting program submit a letter for each student which attests to the student’s successful completion of the course and the student’s examination grades. The completed forms shall be submitted directly to the Board’s Administrative Office by the director/instructor.
  • RULES GOVERNING SCHOOLS, PROGRAMS AND COURSES CHAPTER 0460-05 FOR DENTISTS, DENTAL HYGIENISTS, AND REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANTS (Rule 0460-05-.03, continued)
  • j) The student will be issued a temporary sealant application certification to complete a ninety (90) day externship in the office of the employer/supervising dentist(s). During the externship the following sealants must be successfully placed:
  • . A minimum of four (4) maxillary permanent molars;
  • . A minimum of four (4) mandibular permanent molars; and
  • . A minimum of two (2) premolars.
  • k) The employer/supervising dentist(s) must submit, on a form provided by the Board, proof of successful completion of the sealants required by subparagraph (3) (j) of this rule.
  • l) Upon receipt of proof of successful completion of the sealants, the certification for sealant application will be issued.
  • m) Extensions of the ninety (90) day temporary sealant application certification will be considered on a case-by-case basis upon receipt of written documentation stating the reason an extension is requested. The Board consultant has the authority to grant or deny the request.
  • n) The school offering the sealant application certification course will issue continuing education credit hours for the course.
  • o) ADA accredited dental assisting programs who include sealant application in their curriculum shall adhere to these rules but their students shall be exempt from the externship requirements detailed in 3 (j) above. These students shall show full competency as determined by the program director. Within thirty (30) days of graduation from the ADA accredited dental assisting program, the students’ certification applications and fees shall be forwarded to the Board along with a letter from the director/instructor of the program attesting to each student’s successful completion of the course and the student’s examination grades. Upon receipt of this information, the certification for sealant application will be issued.
  • p) Failure by the certification course to adhere to the rules governing the certification course or to provide access to inspection, pursuant to Rule 0460-05-.03 (3) (d), may subject the course provider and students to invalidation of course results and withdrawal of course approval by the Board.

     

     

  • "Our" Clarification notes. Upon successful completion of the course.
  • Find a dentist to supervise your externship. DO NOT START THE EXTERNSHIP, DO NOT PLACE ANY SEALANTS UNTIL YOUR TEMPORARY PERMIT HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE BOARD. Submit the sealant certification application and the $15 fee to the Board of Dentistry.
  • This"starts" the process to receive your permit but does NOT allow you to begin until the Board of Dentistry contacts you with your permit.
  • The director/instructor of the certification course shall, within 30 days after occurs completion submit a letter for each student which attests to the student's successful completion of the course and the student's examination grades.
  • The Board of Dentistry will match your course completion form that Dr. Lynn sends in with your test score to the sealant certification application and $15 application fee that you sent in.
  • After the Board of Dentistry matches these forms they will contact you with instructions on how to proceed to their website for the form and instructions to start your 90 day temporary externship.
  • After the externship DO NOT PLACE SEALANTS UNTIL the board approves and adds the sealant certification to your license. Please follow the Board of Dentistry instructions.
  • If you have any questions regarding the temporary permit, the sealant certification application and fee or the externship to the TN Board of Dentistry 615-532-5073
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    For detailed information, visit Rules & Regulations set forth by the TN Board of Dentistry

     

    * Our certification courses are approved by and fulfill the requirements of the Tennessee Board of Dentistry.*