How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Nevada - NV

Nevada is one of the five states paying the highest salaries to dental hygienists. In 2008 the registered dental hygienists in Nevada numbered at 1,330. This profession is affected nationally by population growth, the tendency for people to keep more of their natural teeth as they age, and a greater appreciation of the value of preventive care.

Steps to Become a Dental Hygienist in Nevada:

The certifying agency for dental hygienists in Nevada is:

Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners
6010 S. Rainbow Blvd., Ste. A-1
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Phone: 702-486-7044 or 800-337-3926
Fax: 702-486-7046
E-mail: nsbde@nsbde.nv.gov

All individuals who wish to take the clinical exam in dental hygiene must be over 18, United States citizens, graduates of or expecting to graduate from a dental hygiene program accredited by the American Dental Association.

Submit an application form to the following office with a fee of $150.00, along with two recent photographs, official transcripts of your dental hygiene degree work, certification by the dean of either graduation or sufficient academic background to pass the exam, proof of completing a course in how to give local anesthesia, proof that you have malpractice insurance, and other items listed in http://www.nvdentalboard.nv.gov/Forms/RDH_ExamPacketCoverLetter.pdf.

You will also need to have your background checked by one of two organizations:

Professional Background Information Service
23460 N 19th Avenue, Suite 225
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Phone: 602-861-5867
Fax: 602-371-8131
Website: pbisonline.com

Complete Credentialing and Background Services
20768 N 90th Ave
Peoria, Arizona 85382
Phone: 623-972-0749
Fax: 623-972-0764
Website: completecbs.com

All required information must be received by the board office 45 days in advance of the examination date.

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