Friday, March 18, 2011

Kentucky Striving For High Quality Dentists

Kentucky Board of Dentistry has filed regulations related to Licensure of Dentists and Licensure of Dental Hygienists with the Office of Administrative in Frankfort:

Number 1 on the list is the following

(1) Understand, read, speak, and write the English language with a comprehension and performance level equal to at least the ninth grade of education, otherwise known as Level 4, verified by testing as necessary;

Really sad isn't it? Nobody can say the goal is too high for Kentucky! 
Who is doing the testing? 
A 5th grader? 

No this is not directed toward foreign trained dentists.  In that section expectations are much higher:

(a) Provide proof of having passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service with a score of 650 on the paper-based examination or a score of 116 on the internet-based examination, if English is not the applicant's native language;

The Board has scheduled a public comments hearing on these regulations for March 29, 2011 at 9:00 am at the Office of the Kentucky Board of Dentistry.  To request that the Board hold a public comments hearing, you must send a request in writing to:
The Kentucky Board of Dentistry
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 101
Louisville, KY  40222.

You may submit the Comment Form [PDF - 236K] for consideration in writing up to the day of the meeting on March 29th or testify in person on that day.