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How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Connecticut - CT

The field of dental hygiene is one of the most lucrative and fastest growing careers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The field is expected to continue to grow 30% up through the year 2016. The BLS reports that in 2008, there were approximately 174,000 dental hygienists employed. Dental hygienists appear to have more educational requirements than a dental assistant but the reward in the salary difference is significant.

Steps to Become a Dental Hygienist in Connecticut

When a person who graduates from a US dental hygienist program wants to become a dental hygienist in Connecticut, they must become license. They would do so through the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Licensing requirements are as follows:

  • Applicant must have graduated from a dental hygienist program accredited by the American Dental Association (see CODA)
  • Must have passed the National Board Examinations
  • Must have completed a clinical performance exam. See the website for options
  • An application must be filled out and include a fee of $150.00 in the form of either a check or a money order
  • Educational transcripts and proof of gaining the dental hygienist degree must be submitted
  • National Board Dental Hygiene Examination official scores must be submitted
  • Regional board examination official scores must be submitted to become a registered dental hygienist in Connecticut
  • Include verification of any licenses from other states or past licenses.

Contact information is as follows:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Dental Hygienist Licensure
410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134

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