ADHA Supports Changes in Hygienist Licensing Exam

Dentistry Today


The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) House of Delegates announced its support for the elimination of the patient procedure-based, single encounter clinical examination for candidates who are graduates of Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited dental hygiene programs and who are eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.

“The issue of assessment of clinical competency using live patient clinical examinations is of a strategic interest to ADHA and to the dental hygiene profession,” said ADHA president Michele Braerman, RDH, BSDH. “ADHA is eager to work with our colleagues through a deliberate process that will implement multiple pathways for dental hygiene licensure and best prepare students for licensure in the United States or Canadian jurisdiction.”

The ADHA also will join the forming Coalition for Dental Licensure Reform, which will comprise multiple groups but not limited to the ADA, the American Dental Education Association, and the American Student Dental Association to work in collaboration to assess the readiness for practice and discuss alternative licensure models. 

Through a collaborative process, the ADHA says, it will work with colleagues to provide more uniform messaging, prevent unnecessary duplication of efforts, and build a stronger strategic partnership in support of non-patient based clinical licensure.

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