Waiver responds to CA dental professionals’ licensing challenges

Waiver responds to CA dental professionals’ licensing challenges

| Oct 16, 2020 | Ethics & Professional Responsibility

California health care workers face heightened regulatory scrutiny perhaps unparalleled in any other occupational realm.

We prominently underscore that point at the established license-defense legal offices of the Century Law Group. We stress on the firm’s website that, “Doctors, surgeons, nurses and other medical specialists are held to rigorous standards of practice.”

Individuals employed in the dental industry certainly know that to be true. Today’s blog post spotlights an important demographic within the dental field, namely, dental assistants and hygienists. Those workers have been in a state of marked uncertainty over the past several months, owing to singular developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a nutshell, their lives have been upended by regulatory licensing hurdles imposed by virus-linked irregularities.

To wit: Dental assistants and hygienists are occupational professionals who must be duly licensed to practice their craft in California. Under normal circumstances, their schooling is followed by additional learning and an arduous exam that must be passed as a prerequisite to securing licensure.

Obviously, the present does not qualify as “normal” in virtually any regard. Many assistants and hygienists have had their license applications deemed “abandoned” this year by the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs, owing to the health crisis. That has understandably led to collective angst and a state of limbo.

DCA officials just recently responded to the uncertainty by announcing a waiver that extends licensing requirements for those individuals. They will now have a full 2 ½ years to complete their licensing exams, with that period running from the date they first applied for licensing to the state’s Dental Board.

California professionals across multiple employment sectors might reasonably have license-linked questions or concerns these days. They can address them to a proven and empathetic team of license-defense attorneys.