How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Hawaii - HI
There are around 750 registered dental hygienists in Hawaii and over 1500 dental assistants, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also predicts that both professions will grow by over 30% in the next seven years, which is significantly faster than most jobs. The public is becoming more aware of the need for quality healthcare. As younger dentists graduate from dental school and focus on dental care and procedures, the trend of hiring dental assistants and dental hygienists to work alongside of them and assist with dental tasks will only add to the job opportunities available to both.
The following are the steps to become a dental hygienist in Hawaii.
- Take preparatory high school classes.
- Be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.
- Apply to a dental hygiene school or program. Most will require college entrance exam scores with application. Additional requirements may exist depending on program chosen.
- Graduate from dental hygiene program.
- Take and pass the national and clinical dental hygiene board exams.
- Apply for a license to practice as a dental hygienist in Hawaii with the Professional and Vocational Licensing Board through the Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs.