How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Nebraska - NE

Since 1949, Nebraska has licensed its dental hygienists. A dentist must always supervise the work of a Nebraska dental hygienist, and even a licensed dental hygienist can only administer local anesthetic while under the indirect supervision of a licensed dentist. To apply for a license, you must have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program.

To become a dental hygienist in Nebraska, you must register and pass an examination by the JCNDE (Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations) with a score of at least 75%. This test includes about 350 multiple-choice questions and may also require you to analyze radiographs, photographs and dental charts.

Then, you must take a practical examination, where you will be required to demonstrate your skills to a test proctor. The exam includes a patient assessment, periodontal probing, cleaning and stain removal, and other administrative tasks, such as proper record keeping, professional attitude, care for infection control and patient management skills. Your exam is timed, and if you take more than 16 minutes to complete the practical, you will fail the exam. If you take less time than that, but spend more than the allotted time, you will be penalized 10 points.

Next, pass the open-book Nebraska jurisprudence exam with at least a 75% score to demonstrate your knowledge of the laws concerning your practice. Upon passing the exam you’ll be considered a registered dental hygienist in Nebraska. On top of all this, you must have good moral character and be at least 18 years old.

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