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When staffing a school-based dental sealant program, it is important to recruit individuals with strong clinical, public health, and administrative skills. The makeup of the staff varies, depending upon

  • The size and location of the program’s target population
  • The availability of individuals with appropriate skills
  • The requirements of state dental practice acts concerning supervision
  • Available funding

In managing staff, program administrators need to

  1. Use a credentialing process to verify current registration for licensed professionals
  2. Conduct background checks, when appropriate
  3. Provide written job descriptions
  4. Provide and document appropriate staff training (see Step 7, Preparing to Launch)

Credentialing must be done for all clinical staff who possess licenses that allow them to practice independently, regardless of whether the individual is a contractor, volunteer, or permanent employee.