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Dental Hygienist License



Selecting Type of Application

The application asks whether you are applying by reciprocity or by examination. Apply by reciprocity if you:

  • hold a current Dental Hygienist license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), and
  • have practiced as a Dental Hygienist at least three of the past five years.

If you do not meet both conditions, you must apply for licensure by examination and sit for the Delaware Practical Examination in Dental Hygiene.

 

Information about Required Examinations

All applicants for Dental Hygienist licensure must pass the Delaware Jurisprudence Examination.  Dental Hygienists applying by examination must also pass the Delaware Practical Board Examination in dental hygiene.

  • The Jurisprudence Written Examination for Dental Hygienists is a multiple-choice test consisting of 20 questions that are based on the license law and Board’s Rules and Regulations.
  • The Practical Board Examination is offered twice a year, at the beginning of January and May. The deadlines for applications to sit for the exams are December 1 for the January exam and April 1 for the May exam. The exam is limited to 36 candidates on each date.  It is important to submit your application before the deadline for the exam you want to take. For more information about the exam, click Practical Board Examination.

 

Applying by Examination:  Requirements Before the Practical Examination

You must submit the documentation in this section in order to be approved to sit for the Practical Board Examination.  Additional documentation listed in the next section is required to be considered for licensure when you have passed the exam.

  • Enclose payment for the following non-refundable fees by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”  You may combine the fees in one payment.
    • processing fee
    • examination fee – If you fail to sit for the examination in the month you select on the application, you will forfeit this fee.  You cannot transfer it to the next examination date.
  • If you choose to submit your application after the deadline for the exam you want to take (April 1 for the May exam or December 1 for the January exam), enclose the non-refundable Late exam fee.  This fee is in addition to the processing and examination fees.
    • You will be admitted to the exam only if a seat is still available.
    • If no seat is available, you will forfeit both the examination fee and late fee that you paid.  To register for the next exam date, it is not necessary to re-apply and pay the processing fee again, but you must pay the examination fee again.  You cannot transfer it to a later examination date.
  • Enclose a copy of your current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification card.  The Board office must receive this document by the exam deadline.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from your high school showing that you graduated, sent directly from the school to the Board office.
    • If you did not graduate from high school, submit a copy of your GED.
    • The Board office must receive this transcript or GED by the exam deadline.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from Board-approved dental hygiene program, sent directly from the school to the Board office.  The transcript must show your degree and date of graduation.
    • If you have not completed your dental hygiene education when you apply, submit a letter from school officials, sent directly from the school to the Board office.  It must state that you are in good academic standing and the expected date of your graduation.  After you graduate, you must also arrange for the Board office to receive the official transcript, sent directly from the school to the Board office.
    •  The Board office must receive one of these documents by the exam deadline.

When the deadline for the exam date passes, the Board office will mail examination packets to all candidates who applied on time and whose documentation it has received.  Candidates who apply late will receive their examination packets only after the Board office confirms availability of a seat and receives all required documentation.

 

Applying by Examination:  Requirements After the Practical Examination

You must submit the additional documentation listed below in order to be considered for licensure when you’ve passed the practical exam.  However, you may submit the documents at any time, before or after taking the exam.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive your National Dental Hygiene Board Examination score report, sent directly from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations to the Board office.  See Score Report Request.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a letter of reference attesting to your good moral character and reputation.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive license verification letters from each jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) where you are now, or have ever been, licensed, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks.  Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.

 

Applying by Reciprocity

Apply for licensure by reciprocity only if you hold a current license in another jurisdiction and have worked as a dental hygienist three of the past five years. If you do not meet both of these conditions, you must apply for licensure by examination and sit for the Delaware Practical Examination in Dental Hygiene.

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to the “State of Delaware.”
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from Board-approved dental hygiene program, sent directly from the school to the Board office.  The transcript must show your degree and date of graduation.
  • Enclose a copy of your current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification card.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive your National Dental Hygiene Board Examination score report, sent directly from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations to the Board office.  See Score Report Request.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a letter of reference attesting to your good moral character and reputation.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive license verification letters from each jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) where you are now, or have ever been, licensed, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.
  • Submit tax form W-2s or other proof that you have practiced actively for three years in another state or U.S. territory.
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks.  Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.

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