How to Become a Dental Hygienist in New Mexico - NM
There are currently around 800 registered dental hygienists in New Mexico, as reported in May 2008 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most are employed in dental offices, but other find employment at physician offices, medical and surgical hospitals, and even outpatient care centers. While dental offices employ the largest number of dental workers, they are also the lowest paying of the agencies listed above. Jobs in dental hygiene and dental assisting are appealing to many because of their manageable education requirements and flexible work schedules.
Guidelines for Becoming a Dental Hygienist in New Mexico
- Upon completion of high school or a GED, apply to an accredited dental hygiene program.
- Graduate from dental hygiene program.
- Complete the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination.
- Pass one of two acceptable clinical examinations: Western Regional Examination Board (WERB) or Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS).
- Complete and pass the New Mexico Jurisprudence Exam.
- Apply for dental hygiene licensure with the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care upon completing and passing all of the above exams.