How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Kansas - KS
The majority of the 173,000 dental hygienists in the United States work in the offices of dentists. While there are jobs open to dental hygienists elsewhere, such as physician’s offices, outpatient centers and general medical and surgical hospitals, these jobs are not as readily available. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May of 2008 there are approximately 1,800 registered dental hygienists in Kansas. The dental hygienist career continues to increase by as much as 30% by 2016, there is no doubt the number of dental workers in Kansas will increase as well.
The following are the steps to become a Dental Hygienist in Kansas:
Those interested in becoming a dental hygienist in Kansas should be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be of good moral character. They should also become certified in CPR. Attending a Kansas Dental Board-approved program is the first step. Once the program is completed, potential dental hygienists must take and pass the National Board Examination and the Clinical Board Examination. Acceptable exams, as set by the Kansas Dental Board, are: ADLEX, ADHLEX, CRDTS, SRTA, NERB, WREB, and CITA.
Once examinations are completed, an application for a dental hygiene license can be submitted to the Kansas Dental Board. Dental hygienists in Kansas cannot practice without a license. The Kansas Dental Board also requires that all applicants provide a self-query of the National Practitioner Data Bank and the Health Integrity and Protection Databank. These are two separate reports although they look very similar.