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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