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Preparing Dental Hygiene Students for Unsupervised Practice

1 January 2011

Abstract

Licensed dentalhygienists in Oregon can apply for a limited access permit (LAP), a credential which allows them to provide dental hygiene services without dentist supervision for patients who have “limitedaccess” toregular dental hygiene treatment.

Requirements for this permit have included a specified number of hours of dentist supervised dental hygiene practice plus 40 hours of continuing eduction. The dental hygiene curriculum at Pacific University has been specifically designed to prepare students for this form of unsupervised practice. A recent legislative change now allows graduates of this program to apply for a limited access permit immediately upon graduation.


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