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How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Iowa - IA



Dental hygienists and dental assistants are respected members of dental teams across the country. They work closely alongside dentists to determine the best treatment for their patient’s oral health. As of May 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there are around 1,870 registered dental hygienists in Iowa and 2,850 dental assistants. Job prospects are expected to remain strong for both careers in the coming years, as the professions are expected to grow by over 30%.

The following include the steps to become a dental hygienist in Iowa.

  • Graduate from high school or complete a GED program.
  • Apply to an Iowa Dental Board accredited dental hygiene program.
  • Complete a CPR certification course.
  • Graduate from chosen dental hygiene program.
  • Pass either the Central Regional Dental Testing Service Examination (CRDTS) or the Western Regional Examining Board, Inc. (WREB).
  • Submit an application for licensure with the Iowa Dental Board.
  • Complete the Iowa Jurisprudence Examination. The Iowa Dental Board will send you authorization to sit for this exam, as well as a list of testing sites, after you have submitted your application for licensure to the board office.

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