Dental Hygienist

OCCUPATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

Who is the licensing body responsible for Dental Hygienists in Alberta?

In Alberta, you must be registered with the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta (CRDHA) to practice as a Dental Hygienist. Only registered members may call themselves a Dental Hygienist.

What are the requirements for internationally educated Dental Hygienists?

The National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) provides information for Graduates of Non-accredited Dental Hygiene Programs and the NDHCB Equivalency Process. The NDHCB is the agency responsible for the development and administration of the National Dental Hygiene Certification Exam (NDHCE). The written NDHCE tests the candidate's ability to apply his/her knowledge as a beginning practitioner to solve oral health care problems and answer questions related to dental hygiene practice. The examination is based on dental hygiene competencies. 

Internationally educated dental hygienists must: 

1. Review your eligibility to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination. For complete information on the National Dental Hygiene Certification Exam visit the Exam Eligibility page on the NDHCB website. 

Note: The Educational Credentials and Qualifications Assessment for Eligibility to Write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board Examination booklet provides a detailed explanation of the requirements and the process for internationally educated Dental Hygiene Applicants. 

2. Apply to the NDHCB for an eligibility assessment. 

3. Write and achieve the required passing score on the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE). Before writing the exam, you are encouraged to complete one or more of the Prep Tests

Note: A maximum three attempts to pass the NDHCE is allowed. Candidates who fail three attempts will be required to graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program before attempting the exam again. 

4. Apply to the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta. 

Note: The Information for Persons Applying for General Registration with the CRDHA handbook provides a detailed explanation of the requirements for internationally educated Dental Hygiene Applicants in Alberta.

What are the registration requirements with the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta?

Applicants must: 

1. Successfully achieve the required passing score on the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination



Note: All applicants are evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants are encouraged to contact the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta for further information and an application form.

What are the educational requirements for Dental Hygienists in Alberta?

Note: Licensing bodies compare international education and experience to Canadian standards. 

In Alberta, the University of Alberta offers a Dental Hygiene diploma program and a four-year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Dental Hygiene specialization program.

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

Applicants must successfully achieve the required passing score on one of the language tests approved by the CRDHA. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What resources are available for Dental Hygienists in Alberta?

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) 






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