SB 22-219

  • Colorado Senate Bill
  • 2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate May 05, 2022
  • Passed Senate May 02, 2022
  • Passed House May 11, 2022
  • Signed by Governor Jun 07, 2022

Regulate Dental Therapists


On and after May 1, 2023, the act prohibits a person from practicing dental therapy in the state unless licensed by the Colorado dental board (board). A licensed dental therapist is authorized to deliver routine and preventive dental care. A person who desires to qualify for practice as a dental therapist must file with the board a written application for a license, proof of graduation from a school of dental therapy or a dental therapy program that meets the requirements of the act, and proof of completion of a clinical examination for dental therapy that: Is designed to test the applicant's clinical dental therapy skills and knowledge; Includes dental therapy restorative and dental hygiene clinical skill evaluation; and Is administered by a regional testing agency composed of at least 4 states or an examination of another state. A dental therapist is allowed to practice only under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist until the dental therapist practices for 1,000 hours. After reaching 1,000 hours, the dental therapist may practice under the indirect supervision of a licensed dentist pursuant to a written articulated plan. The articulated plan must include: Methods of dentist supervision, consultation, and approval; Protocols for informed consent, record keeping, quality assurance, and dispensing or administering medications; Policies for handling referrals when a patient needs services the dental therapist is not authorized or qualified to provide; Protocols for assessment of dental disease and the formulation of an individualized treatment plan authorized by the supervising dentist; Policies for handling medical emergencies; and Policies for supervising dental assistants and working with dental hygienists and other dental practitioners and staff. A licensed dental therapist must maintain professional liability insurance in an amount not less than $500,000 per incident and $1.5 million annual aggregate per year; except that this requirement is not applicable to a dental therapist who is a public employee under the "Colorado Governmental Immunity Act". A state institution of higher education offering an accredited dental therapy training program may grant advanced standing toward completion of an accredited dental therapy program if a student meets the conditions specified in the act. Effective July 1, 2031, the act modifies the composition of the board by replacing 2 members, one dental hygienist and one member representing the public at large, with 2 dental therapists. To implement the act, for the 2022-23 state fiscal year, $14,786 is appropriated to the department of regulatory agencies from the division of professions and occupations cash fund for reappropriation to the department of law. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Bill Sponsors (4)



Jun 07, 2022

Office of the Governor

Governor Signed

May 25, 2022

Office of the Governor

Sent to the Governor


Signed by the Speaker of the House


Signed by the President of the Senate

May 11, 2022


Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass


House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

May 10, 2022


House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor

May 06, 2022


House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
House Committee of the Whole Appropriations


House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations Finance

May 05, 2022


Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance

  • Introduction

May 02, 2022


Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Apr 29, 2022


Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor


Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage

Apr 27, 2022


Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations Finance

Apr 25, 2022


Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Finance

  • Referral-Committee
Finance Health & Human Services

Apr 21, 2022


Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services

  • Introduction
Health & Human Services

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Signed Act (06/07/2022) PDF
Final Act (05/25/2022) PDF
Rerevised (05/11/2022) PDF
Revised (05/10/2022) PDF
Reengrossed (05/02/2022) PDF
Engrossed (04/29/2022) PDF
Introduced (04/21/2022) PDF
PA3 (04/29/2022) PDF
PA2 (04/28/2022) PDF
PA1 (04/26/2022) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note SA1 (04/28/2022) PDF
Fiscal Note SA2 (05/06/2022) PDF
Fiscal Note FN1 (04/25/2022) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (04/26/2022) PDF
Fiscal Note FN3 (05/06/2022) PDF
Fiscal Note FN4 (07/29/2022) PDF


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