How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Kentucky - KY
Dental hygienists are permitted to perform any tasks that an assistant is allowed to perform, plus hygienists can use a dental probe, administer some other anesthetics (after receiving training), scale teeth and place and remove actisite. There are a few other tasks permitted to hygienists by law, and an individual dentist may expand or restrict the tasks allowed in his or her practice within the limits of the law.
Registered dental hygienists in Kentucky can provide services to patients with no dentist present for up to 15 days, provided the dentist has a written order allowing it.
How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Kentucky
With either an associates or bachelor’s degree in hand, you must sit for one of several exams. These are administered by the Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA), Western Regional Examining Board (WREB), Northeast Regional Board (NERB) or the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS). The test involves answering a number of multiple-choice questions, a practical component (performing an actual cleaning and probing) as well as being able to identify common issues on radiographs, dental charts and photographs. You have three tries to pass the exam.
If you have a dental hygiene license in another state, you can apply for a license based on your credentials. Your application must list your other state licenses, your work and educational history, when you passed the hygiene exam and any infractions that have occurred in other states.
If you have never been licensed, Kentucky requires you to have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program and passed one of the national Board exams with a 75% or higher.
The Kentucky Board of Dentistry also requires you to pass (at least 70 percent right) a 33-question online jurisprudence exam.
Kentucky Dental Hygienist Continuing Education Requirements
Recent dental hygiene school graduates need not take continuing education courses, but each time you renew your Kentucky license (every other year), you must take at least 30 of continuing education hours. The requirement is the same as for dentists. 10 of these can be done at home, online, by video or at work. The bulk of the hours must be learned in scientific presentation format.
Also, you will need to retake a Kentucky certified HIV/AIDS course and maintain your certification in either CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) or BLS (basic life support).