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Dental Hygienist
License Description

Occupational Description

Dental hygienists work under the general supervision of a dentist. They provide direct patient care through examining and cleaning patients' teeth and gums, taking and developing dental x-rays and performing various other preventive and therapeutic services. Also, they instruct patients in proper brushing and flossing and help them develop and maintain good oral health.

Licensure Requirements

Any person

1. of good character,

2. who has attained the age of eighteen years, and

3. who is a graduate of a training school for dental hygienists that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and is approved by the Board of Dentistry and that requires a course of not less than two academic years may be examined by such board on the subjects considered essential by it for a dental hygienist.

Upon passage of the examination, the board shall recommend to the department that a license to practice as a dental hygienist be issued. An applicant must be at least 18 years of age, of good character, a high school graduate and a graduate from an approved training program for dental hygienists, in addition to passing the examination. Thirty hours of continuing education are required biennially.

Fee Information

Initial Fee: $110.00

Renewal Information

Biennially March 1st of odd-numbered years; $110.00

Thirty hours of continuing education are required biennially.
Licensing Agency
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health - Licensure Unit
Office of Medical and Specialized Health
PO Box 94986, 301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln , NE 68509-4986
(402) 471 2118
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