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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 520. Regulations Governing the Dental Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs
7/20/2024

12VAC5-520-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Accredited dental school" means any dental school in the United States receiving accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

"Accredited residency" means an advanced dental education program in general or specialty dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and approved by the American Dental Association.

"Board" or "Board of Health" means the State Board of Health.

"Commissioner" means the State Health Commissioner.

"Dental practice" means the practice of dentistry by a recipient in general or specialty dentistry in a geographic area determined to be fulfillment of the recipient's scholarship or loan repayment obligation or practice as a dentist within a designated state facility.

"Dental underserved area" means a geographic area in Virginia designated by the State Board of Health as a county or city in which the ratio of practitioners of dentistry to population is less than that for the Commonwealth as a whole as determined by the commissioner or a dental health professions shortage area using criteria described in Part II (12VAC5-520-80 et seq.) of this chapter.

"Dentist loan repayment program" means the program established by § 32.1-122.9:1 of the Code of Virginia that allocates funds appropriated in conjunction with the dental scholarship program to increase the number of dentists in underserved areas of Virginia.

"Designated state facility" means practice as a dentist in a facility operated by the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, or the Virginia Department of Corrections.

"Full-time dental practice" means the practice of dentistry for an average of a minimum of 32 hours per week excluding those exceptions enumerated in Part III (12VAC5-520-160 et seq.) of this chapter.

"Interest at the prevailing bank rate for similar amounts of unsecured debt" means the prime lending rate plus 2.0% as published in the Wall Street Journal on the first day of the month in which the decision to repay is communicated to the commissioner by the recipient or on the first day of the month that the commissioner determines the recipient to be in default.

"Loan repayment award" means an award paid to a dentist for dental school loans in an amount equivalent to the current in-state tuition and mandatory fees at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, and for which the dentist is under a contractual obligation to repay through practice in an underserved area or designated state facility. This amount may be capped at the discretion of the commissioner.

"Practice of general or specialty dentistry" means the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial and adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body.

"Restitution" means three times the award amount received plus interest at the prevailing bank rate for similar amounts of unsecured debt as set forth in this regulation, owed to the Commonwealth of Virginia by a scholarship or loan repayment recipient who is in default of his contractual obligation as provided for in this chapter.

"Scholarship award" means an amount equivalent to one year of in-state tuition and mandatory fees at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry for the academic year a student is enrolled and for which the dental student entered a contractual obligation to repay through practice in an underserved area or designated state facility. This amount may be capped at the discretion of the commissioner.

"Scholarship recipient" means an eligible dental student who enters into a contract with the commissioner and receives one or more scholarship awards from the Virginia Dental Scholarship Program.

"Specialty dentistry" means the advanced practice of dentistry in any specialty approved by the American Dental Association and accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-122.9 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-40-03 § 1.1, eff. December 1, 1979; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 15, eff. May 8, 2002; Volume 29, Issue 3, eff. November 8, 2012.

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