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Information from TN Dept of Health about the Ongoing Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Board of Dentistry

Its mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice as dentists, dental hygienists, or dental assistants within this state be qualified.


Dentists who are graduating in 2020 will not be required to have completed a live human patient anterior and posterior restorative component during the clinical examination pursuant to Executive Order 36 signed by Governor Lee on May 12, 2020.

In response to questions regarding the periodontal portion of the exam, Rule 0460-02-.05 does not currently require the periodontal portion of the exam to be completed in person.

The rule regarding examination requirements can be found at https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules/0460/0460-02.20190812.pdf

On August 28th the Governor issued Executive Order No. 59 to extend the State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to September 30, 2020. The order allows the continued suspension of various laws and regulations and other measures in these orders to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19 through regulatory flexibility, promoting social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings, and protecting vulnerable populations. Gov. Lee also signed Executive Order Nos. 60 and 61, which extend through September 30 provisions that allow for electronic government meetings subject to transparency safeguards and remote notarization and witnessing of documents, allowing for implementation of best practices developed during COVID-19 for providing live broadcasts of electronic meetings and safely conducting in-person transactions, respectively, beginning October 1. Executive Order Nos. 59, 60 and 61 may be found at: https://sos.tn.gov/products/division-publications/executive-orders-governor-bill-lee

Health Professional Boards

The mission of each board is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice health care professions within this state to be qualified.