The purpose of this study was to conduct a national survey of dental hygiene program directors to gain their opinions of potential alternative assessments of clinical competency, as qualifications for initial dental hygiene licensure
. The results demonstrate that the majority of respondents strongly agreed that the best measures of assuring clinical competence for initial dental hygiene licensure
is graduating from a CODA-approved dental hygiene program and passing the national board examination.
* Supporting alternate methods of dental hygiene licensure
between states, based on a single standard of education and clinical and didactic evaluation.
This could require anywhere from one to three years of additional education beyond the two to four year degree already required for dental hygiene licensure
. Along with additional educational requirements, mid-level providers are often required to practice a number of hours under the supervision of a dentist before they can practice without the presence of a dentist.
Dental hygiene licensure
specifications on pain control procedures.
The NBDHE is intended to fulfill or partially fulfill the written examination requirements for state dental hygiene licensure
. In fact, Alabama is the only state that does not require a dental hygiene candidate to pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination for licensure.
The remaining participants were in careers that did not necessarily require dental hygiene licensure
. Positions held by these participants were as follows: flight attendant, writer, artist, dental technician, medical transcriptionist, trainer, real estate, business owner, medical social worker, health information technology, business, procurement manager, paralegal, nurse, researcher, and epidemiology.
New Jersey Senate Bill 670 would allow graduates of foreign dental schools who pass an examination to qualify for dental hygiene licensure
Increased portability of dental hygiene licensure
is an issue in the profession that takes on new meaning as opportunities for career expansion are discussed.
Each of the 10 most agreed upon statements includes a time element in the best way of determining clinical competence prior to dental hygiene licensure
. Six of the top seven most agreed with statements included dental hygiene accreditation.
Although until now applicants for Florida dental hygiene licensure
had to take a state-administered clinical exam, a pending Florida rule would allow dental hygiene applicants to qualify for licensure if they have taken "the dental hygiene examination developed by the American Board of Dental Examiners, Inc.
(26) They determined that half of the Iowa dental hygienists preferred that dental hygienists control licensure by a separate dental hygiene licensure
When a new law drafted by state officials took effect in May permitting applicants for dental hygiene licensure
to qualify by passing any American Dental Hygiene Licensing Examination (ADLEX), it effectively authorized the dental board to accept the North East Regional Board (NERB) scores for dental hygienists applying after that date.