Mich. governor signs dental therapist bill

By DrBicuspid Staff

January 2, 2019 -- Michigan has become the eighth U.S. state to allow dental therapists to practice.

On December 16, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed SB 541, which was sponsored by then-state Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) (Shirkey is now a state senator in Michigan). The law establishes the qualifications for dental therapist licensure, including 500 hours of supervised clinical practice under the direct supervision of a dentist. Dental therapists must have a written practice agreement with a supervising dentist to practice.

Currently, dental therapists are licensed in Arizona, Maine, Vermont, and Minnesota and on tribal lands in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

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