Minnesota Dental Hygienist Requirements

Minnesota is a great place for you to start your dental hygiene career, they have excellent educational programs and many job opportunities. Discover the requirements for becoming a Minnesota dental hygienist below.

Educational Requirements

  1. Enroll in a CODA-accredited dental program: Choose a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Some options in Minnesota include the University of Minnesota or Normandale Community College
  2. Complete your degree: You’ll need to complete either an Associate’s or Master’s Degree in dental hygiene, which typically takes two to four years to complete.

Examination Requirements

  1. National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE): This is a written exam that tests your dental knowledge.
  2. Jurisprudence Examination: This exam covers Minnesota dental laws and regulations.
  3. Clinical Examination: You’ll need to pass a clinical exam to show your skills in actions. You have to take one through a certified testing service such as the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTA).

Licensing Steps

  1. Submit your application: Apply to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry with your educational credentials and exam documentation.
  2. Background check: A background check is required for licensing.
  3. Continuing education: After getting your license, you must earn continuing education credits each year to maintain your license

By completing these steps, you’ll be on your way to becoming a qualified and licensed dental hygienist in Minnesota. This career path offers a stable and rewarding job that provides you an opportunity to have an impact on the community.

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