Tex. Occ. Code Section 257.005
Continuing Education for Dentist and Dental Hygienist


The board shall develop a mandatory continuing education program for licensed dentists and dental hygienists. The board by rule shall establish the minimum number of hours of continuing education a license holder is required to complete for each registration period to renew the license for a subsequent registration period.


The board may:


assess the continuing education needs of license holders; and


require license holders to attend continuing education courses specified by the board.


The board shall require a licensed dentist whose practice includes direct patient care to complete not less than two hours of board-approved continuing education annually regarding safe and effective pain management related to the prescription of opioids and other controlled substances, including education regarding:


reasonable standards of care;


the identification of drug-seeking behavior in patients; and


effectively communicating with patients regarding the prescription of an opioid or other controlled substance.


The board by rule shall:


identify the key factors required for competent performance of professional duties under this subtitle;


develop a process to evaluate and approve continuing education courses; and


develop a process to assess a license holder’s participation and performance in continuing education courses to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the program.
Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 14.079(d), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 295 (S.B. 313), Sec. 17, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 818 (H.B. 2454), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2019.

Source: Section 257.005 — Continuing Education for Dentist and Dental Hygienist, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/OC/htm/OC.­257.­htm#257.­005 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

§ 257.005’s source at texas​.gov