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Board of Denture Technology - License Information

Applicants for a denture technology license have three pathways from which to choose.

Applying via Pathway One

An individual applying for a denture technology license by qualifying pathway one must complete an application form, meet application requirements pursuant to OAR 331-030-0000 and pay required fees.

Pathway One

Qualification through Associate's Degree Program or equivalent education with 1,000 hours supervised clinical practice in denture technology included in the education program. The applicant must submit:

(a) Official transcript as defined in OAR 331-405-0020, demonstrating attainment of an HLO-approved Associate's degree in denture technology or equivalent education showing completion of the Board's approved Denture Technology Curriculum Objectives and 103 specific credit hours including 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice;

(b) Proof of having completed and passed a Board-approved practical examination within two years before the date of application; and

(c) Proof of having completed and passed a Board-approved written examination within two years before the date of application.

Applying via Pathway Two

An individual applying for a denture technology license by qualifying pathway two must complete an application form, meet application requirements pursuant to OAR 331-030-0000 and pay required fees.

Pathway Two

Qualification through Associate's Degree Program or equivalent education with 1,000 Hours Supervised Clinical Practice in Denture Technology under an approved supervisor. The applicant must submit:

(a) Official transcript as defined in OAR 331-405-0020, demonstrating attainment of an HLO-approved Associate's degree in denture technology or equivalent education showing completion of the Board's approved Denture Technology Curriculum Objectives and 103 specific credit hours including 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice;

(b) Documentation of 1,000 hours supervised clinical practice, 400 hours of which are direct patient care and construction of a minimum of 40 removable dentures, under an approved supervisor (Please see Supervisor Application Form for qualifications and requirements of supervisor);

(c) Proof of having completed and passed a Board-approved practical examination within two years before the date of application; and

(d) Proof of having completed and passed a Board-approved written examination within two years before the date of application.

Applying via Pathway Three (Reciprocity)

An individual applying for a denture technology license by qualifying pathway three must complete an application form, meet application requirements pursuant to OAR 331-030-0000 and pay required fees.

Pathway Three

Licensed by reciprocity. The applicant must submit:

(a) Official transcript or transcripts as defined in OAR 331-405-0020 demonstrating attainment of qualifying Associate's degree or equivalent education, as described in OAR 331-410-0010;

(b) An affidavit of licensure pursuant to OAR 331-405-0020(1), demonstrating proof of current licensure as a denturist, which is active with no current or pending disciplinary action. The license must have been issued by a another state, the District of Columbia, a United States Territory, or Canada, and that jurisdiction's denturist licensing standards must be substantially equivalent to those of Oregon, as determined by the HLO;

(c) Documentation of having successfully passed both written and practical denturist examinations, which are substantially equivalent to those required for licensure in Oregon, as determined by the HLO; and

(d) Documentation of having engaged in full-time denturist practice in the applicant's reciprocal licensure jurisdiction for at least two years immediately before the date of application for licensure in Oregon, on a form prescribed by the HLO.

Applying for a temporary license

The purpose of a temporary denture technology license is to allow an individual to continue training under an approved supervisor while waiting to take a board-approved practical examination.

An individual applying for a temporary denture technology license by qualifying pathway one or pathway two must complete an application form, meet application requirements pursuant to OAR 331-030-0000 and pay required fees.

Pathway One

Qualification through Associate's Degree Program or equivalent education with 1,000 hours supervised clinical practice in denture technology included in the education program. The applicant must submit:

(a) Official transcript as defined in OAR 331-405-0020, demonstrating attainment of an agency approved Associate's degree in denture technology or equivalent education showing completion of the Board's approved Denture Technology Curriculum Objectives and 103 specific credit hours including 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice.

(b) Proof of having completed and passed a Board approved written examination within two years before the date of application.

Or

Pathway Two

Qualification through Associate's Degree Program or equivalent education with 1,000 hours supervised clinical practice in denture technology under an approved supervisor. The applicant must submit:

(a) Official transcript as defined in OAR 331-405-0020, demonstrating attainment of an HLO-approved Associate's degree in denture technology or equivalent education listed under OAR 331-407-0000;

(b) Documentation of 1,000 hours supervised clinical practice, 400 hours of which are direct patient care and construction of a minimum of 40 removable dentures, under an approved supervisor (Please see Supervisor Application Form for qualifications and requirements of supervisor);

(c) Proof of having completed and passed a board-approved written examination within two years before the date of application.

Examination information

The Health Licensing Office and the Board of Denture Technology have approved the following examinations required to obtain licensure as a denturist in the State of Oregon:

  • Universal Testing Services LLC's (UTS) written licensing examination and
  • Universal Testing Services LLC's practical licensing examination

Written licensing examination

The UTS written exam consists of 240 multiple-choice test questions. The exam is separated into 23 competency areas based on knowledge, skills and abilities required of denturists for safe and effective practice. Candidates are given hour hours to complete the exam.

It is administered on computerized touch screens at testing locations throughout Oregon. Candidates must obtain authorization from HLO to register with the UTS to sit for the exam.

Competency areas and recommended reference materials are listed in the UTS study guide.

Official documentation of examination results must be sent directly by the UTS to the HLO. Candidates will be notified by the HLO of a pass/fail based on their overall examination performance.

Practical licensing examination

The UTS practical exam is used to determine and verify the candidate possesses the minimum level of practical and cognitive skills essential for the competent and safe practice of denturism, including patient treatment, alginate impressions, final impressions, bite registration and development and try-in of trial (wax) dentures. A total of 10 hours is allotted for the examination.

The exam is administered not less than annually. Candidates must obtain authorization from the HLO to proceed with registration through the UTS to sit for the examination.

Candidates will be notified by the office of a pass/fail based on their overall examination performance.

Retake requirements for the national practical exam

Practical portion failed Additional training requirements
Final impression and model 50 hours direct patient care and laboratory training consisting of construction of 10 removable dentures
Trial denture centric relation 150 hours direct patient care and laboratory training consisting of 16 removable dentures
Trial denture vertical relation 150 hours direct patient care and laboratory training consisting of 16 removable dentures
Note: Individuals retaking practical examination must qualify and obtain a temporary denture technology license.

Other approved written and practical examinations

  • Washington State
  • College of Alberta Denturists/Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
  • College of Denturists of Ontario/George Brown College
  • American Denturist College

License renewal

A denture technology license is valid for one year and becomes inactive on the last day of the month one year from the date of issuance. Renewal application reminders are mailed approximately 30 days prior to a license becoming inactive courtesy of the HLO/Board of Denture Technology. This form is not required in order to renew. If you did not receive the renewal application you may print an Information Update Form and submit it to the HLO or renew online.

Renewing an active license (renewing prior to inactive status): Submit renewal application form, pay applicable fees and attest to required continuing education

Renewing an inactive license (renewing late, up to three years): Submit renewal application form, pay applicable licensing and delinquency fees and attest to required continuing education

Expired license (inactive for more than three years/not renewable): Reapply for licensure and meet requirements of OAR 331-410-0035.

Forms

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