How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Michigan - MI
Careers in dental care are on the rise around the country and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics they will continue grow by almost 30% by 2016. Michigan is already home to the highest concentration of dental hygienists in the country. There are nearly 9000 registered dental hygienists in Michigan.
The following are the necessary steps to become a dental hygienist in Michigan.
- Take preparatory classes. This includes high school courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Seek admittance to an accredited dental hygiene program in Michigan. Most dental hygiene programs will take two to three years to complete. They emphasize courses in anatomy, biology, chemistry, nutrition, and physiology, to name a few.
- Obtain CPR certification.
- Graduate from chosen dental hygiene program.
- Take and pass the Northeast Regional Board Examination (NERB) and clinical exam. The classes you took and hands-on clinical experience during your program should have adequately prepared you for these examinations.
- Submit an application with the Michigan Board of Dentistry to receive your license as a registered dental hygienist. Fingerprints must be submitted with application as they are necessary for the mandatory criminal background check.