How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Maryland - MD

Dental careers are on the rise across the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job prospects should remain strong in the coming years for dental assistants and dental hygienists, increasing as much as 30%. There are currently 2,640 registered dental hygienists in Maryland.

There are several steps to become a dental hygienist in Maryland. In this state, hygienists must become licensed through the following process:

  1. Be 18 years of age and have graduated from high school or hold a high school diploma equivalent.
  2. Apply to a Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners approved dental hygiene program.
  3. Complete dental hygiene program.
  4. Take and pass the National Board Examination and the North East Regional Board Examination.
  5. Take the Maryland Jurisprudence exam, downloadable from the Board of Dental Examiners website (www.dhmh.state.md.us/dental/jurisprudence_exams.htm).
  6. Apply to the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners for a license to practice dental hygiene in Maryland.

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