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Dental Hygiene
Application Procedures/Requirements

Dental Hygienists can be licensed by either "examination" or "reciprocity". These terms are specific to this state, so please read the requirements below:

To qualify for licensure by examination:

  1. Graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program that requires a course of not less than two academic years;
  2. Pass the licensure examination given by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) with a score of 75 or above;
  3. Pass an acceptable licensure practical examination.   The Nebraska Board of Dentistry has determined that the following examinations will be accepted* for Dental Hygiene license applications completed between January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 (A passing score for each examination is determined by the respective testing agency):
  • 2012 Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) Dental Hygiene Examination (Passing score is 75)
  • 2012 Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) Dental Hygiene Examination (Passing Score is 75)

Note:   The Department will retain a list of acceptable licensing examinations for 5 years as an administrative reference for applicants who do not apply for licensure during the same year the examination is completed. *Acceptable examinations will be updated by September 1st of each calendar year.

  1. Pass a pdf icon jurisprudence examination that relates to the statutes that govern dentistry with an average score of 75% or above; and
  2. Have good moral character and have attained the age of 18 years.

    Application Procedures for licensure by examination:

    The applicant will need to submit to the Department:

    1. Completed pdf icon Application;
    2. An official transcript from an accredited dental hygiene program showing graduation from the school;
    3. Official documentation of the scores obtained on the licensure examination given by JCNDE;
    4. Official documentation of the scores obtained on either the CRDTS, WREB, or CITA examination.
    5. Completed pdf icon jurisprudence examination;
    6. The required fee of $110.00, unless you are applying within the 6 months prior to the expiration date of the license which is March 1, of odd years then the fee is $27.50; and
    7. A copy of a birth certificate, marriage license, driver’s license, or other valid verification of age.

    The Department shall act within 150 days upon all completed applications for licensure.

    To qualify for Licensure by Reciprocity:

    An applicant who is licensed as a dental hygienist in another jurisdiction may apply for licensure by reciprocity if the applicant meets the following requirements:

    1. Graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program that requires a course of not less than two academic years;
    2. Passed the licensure examination given by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) with a score of 75 or above;
    3. Passed an examination requiring demonstration of the applicant's skill in clinical dental hygiene procedures;
    4. Passed a jurisprudence examination (link to exam) that relates to the statutes that govern dentistry with an average score of 75% or above;
    5. Have actively engaged in the practice of dental hygiene for at least 3 years in which one of those three years was within the least three years immediately preceding the date of application for licensure;
    6. Provided proof of 15 hours of continuing education that meets the criteria for approval by the Board during the 12 month period preceding the date of application for licensure; and
    7. Have good moral character and have attained the age of 18 years.

    Application Procedures for licensure by reciprocity:

    The applicant will need to submit to the Department:

    1. Completed pdf icon Application;
    2. An official transcript from an accredited dental hygiene showing graduation from the school;
    3. Official documentation of the scores obtained on the licensure examination given by JCNDE;
    4. Official documentation of the scores obtained on either the CRDTS, WREB, or CITA examination.
    5. Completed pdf icon jurisprudence examination;
    6. The required fee of $110.00, unless you are applying within the 6 months prior to the expiration date of the license which is March 1, of odd years then the fee is $27.50; and
    7. A copy of a birth certificate, marriage license, driver’s license, or other valid verification of age;
    8. Documentation sent directly to the Department from the licensing agencies of all jurisdictions where the applicant is or has ever been licensed;
    9. Documentation of being actively engaged in practice of dental hygiene; and
    10. Evidence of completion of 15 hours of acceptable continuing education with the preceding 12 month of the date of application.

    To qualify for a Local Anesthesia Permit:

    1. Have a current license to practice dental hygiene in the State of Nebraska; and
    2. Have successfully completed an approved course after July 1, 1994.

    Application Procedures:

    The applicant will need to submit to the Department:

    1. Completed pdf icon Application;
    2. Proof of successful completion of an approved course;
      1. All applicants taking out-of-state courses must provide course syllabus, name and location of institution, and date of course.
    3. The required fee of $25.00.

    The Department shall act within 150 days upon all completed applications for licensure.

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