31.0424 Additional qualifications.

Cite as [A.S.A.C. § 31.0424]

(a) an individual applying for a license to practice medicine or dentistry under this chapter shall establish to the satisfaction of the board that the individual is a graduate of an accredited school of medicine or dentistry, and has completed at least one year of post-graduate training in a hospital or other health care or dental facility accredited for post-graduate training. Graduates from an accredited school of medicine or dentistry located in the United States, Canada, Papua-New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, Belgium, West Germany, Norway, Sweden, or Denmark will be considered as having met standards of education acceptable for licensure in American Samoa. Graduates-of Fiji schools of medicine or dentistry, or of any other health profession listed in this chapter who have graduated prior to January 1, 1987, will also be considered as having met standards of education acceptable for licensure in American Samoa.

(b) individuals applying for a license to practice medicine under this chapter who have completed medical education under conditions other than those listed in subsection 31.0424(a) shall establish to the satisfaction of the board that they have successfully passed the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences (FMGEMS) and the ECFMG English Test.

(c) individuals applying for a license to practice dentistry under this chapter who have completed their dental education under conditions other than those listed in subsection 31.0424(a) shall establish to the satisfaction of the board that they have obtained equivalent education and training as those who received their education and training in the countries listed in subsection 31.0424(a) by submitting evidence of licensure, or eligibility for licensure in any state of the United States.

(d) an individual applying for a license to practice acupuncture under this rule shall establish to the satisfaction of the board that the individual:

(1) if he or she is a licensed physician under subsection 31.0424(a), has successfully completed at least 100 hours of instruction in the practice of acupuncture at a school or college accredited by the U.S. National Accreditation Commission for Schools and Colleges of Acu¬puncture and Oriental Medicine, or other training approved by the board; or has training which would qualify the applicant for licensure to practice acupuncture in any of the countries listed in subsection 31.0424(a);

(2) if he or she is not a Licensed physician, the applicant shall furnish the board with evidence of completion of an educational program in the practice of acupuncture of at least 3 academic years at the post-baccalaureate level, at a school of acupuncture accredited by the U.S. National Commission for Schools and Colleges for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; or has training which would qualify the applicant for licensure to practice acupuncture under the conditions listed in subsection 31.0424(a).

(e) an individual applying for a license to practice dental hygiene under this rule shall provide the board with evidence of eligibility for licensure as a dental hygienist under the conditions listed in subsection 31.0424(a).

(f) an individual applying for a license to practice dental therapy under this chapter shall provide the board with evidence of eligibility for licensure as a dental therapist under the conditions listed in subsection 31.0424(a).

(g) an individual applying for a license to practice occupational therapy under this chapter shall provide the board with evidence of eligibility for licensure to practice occupational therapy in any of the countries listed in subsection 31.0424(a) and further, the applicant shall be required to furnish proof of having satisfactorily completed a minimum of six months of post-graduate work experience in a clinical setting of an accredited occupational therapy training institution.

(h) an individual applying for a license to practice optometry under this chapter shall provide the board with evidence of eligibility for licensure to practice optometry under the conditions listed in subsection 31.0424(a).

(i) an individual applying for a license to practice pharmacy under this chapter shall provide the board with evidence of eligibility for licensure to practice pharmacy under the conditions listed in subsection 31.0424(a).

(j) an individual applying for a-license to practice physical therapy under this chapter shall provide the board with evidence of eligibility for licensure as a physical therapist under the conditions listed in subsection 31.0424(a), and further, the applicant shall furnish the board with evidence that he has satisfactorily completed a minimum of six months of supervised work. experience in a clinical setting of an accredited physical therapy training institution.

(k) an individual applying for a license to practice as a physician assistant or nurse-practitioner under this chapter shall provide the board with evidence of eligibility for licensure as a physician assistant or nurse-practitioner under the conditions listed in subsection 31.0424(a); or alternatively, provide the board with evidence that the applicant has completed educational requirements consistent with licensure as a physician assistant or nurse-practitioner; further, that such educational requirements for licensure as a physician assistant be in accordance with standards established by the U.S. National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants; further that such applicant furnish the board with evidence of compliance with Continuing Medical Education activities as mandated by the NCCPA.

(1) an individual applying for a license to practice practical nursing under this chapter shall establish to the satisfaction of the board that the individual has successfully completed a postsecondary level educational program in practical nursing which is approved by the Board.

(m) an individual applying for a license to practice registered nursing under this rule shall establish to the satisfaction of the board that the individual has successfully completed an educational program in registered nursing approved by the board or by a state board of nursing with standards substantially equivalent to the standards of the territory.

(n) an individual applying for a license to practice clinical psychology under this rule shall establish to the satisfaction of the board that the individual has:

(1) earned a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited college or university; and

(2) completed at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience acceptable to the board.

History: Rule 2-88, eff 27 Mar 88, § 1.