Dental Hygienist

Please contact the HelpDesk if you need assistance registering, starting a new application, or renewing on the eLicense portal www.elicense.ohio.gov

Toll free: 855-405-5514
Local: 614-728-4077

To learn more about the licensure process, select the type of license you wish to apply for from the list of professions below.  The Board has made every effort to include the information you need to apply for items for a Dental Hygienist on this website. If you have questions or concerns about the licensure process email licensing@den.ohio.gov.

Please provide the necessary information/documentation required for processing your application.

You will be notified via email if any information/documentation is missing or not accepted. 

Please allow up to 20 calendar days to process a complete application.

Initial Dental Hygienist Licensure Application

Requirements for Licensure for Dental Hygienists - OAC 4715-9-03

License Application - ORC 4715.21 One correction - Diploma/Certificates are not acceptable proof of graduation. 

License Required to Practice as Dental Hygienist - ORC 4715.20

Dental Hygiene Examination Limited - OAC 4715-9-02

Before You Start: Make sure you have the following items, or the application will not allow you to advance. All applications must be complete before submission.

A Dental Hygienist applicant must be a graduate of an accredited school of dental hygiene, and meet one of the following requirements to apply:

I. Provide evidence of successfully passing all components based on a conjunctive scoring method of one of the following regional board examinations: the north east regional board of dental examiners, inc. (NERB), the central regional dental testing service, inc. (CRDTS), the southern regional testing agency, inc. (SRTA), or the western regional examining board (WREB) OR

II. Holds a license in good standing from another state and has actively engaged in the legal and reputable practice of dental hygiene in another state or in the armed forces of the United States, the United States public health service, or the United States department of veterans' affairs for five (5) years immediately preceding application; and

Notification:  Once you register and start your online application, you will need to select the application, and then the application type:  
Examination - If you have taken, and passed an accepted Regional Board examination, regardless of whether you have an out-of-state-license.
Out-of-State - If you have never successfully passed one of the accepted Regional Board examinations, and you currently hold a license in good standing from another state and are actively engaged in the legal and reputable practice of dental hygiene in another state for five (5) years immediately preceding application.

Mailing / Public Address: The address should be the same for both and should be your home address. Only the city and state show up on the public look-up; however, addresses are public record and may be released upon request.
Employment History 
Education History - Type "Other" to enter educational institutions that are not found. 
Background Questions 

Criminal Records Check - Instructions and Information - both BCI and FBI required 

Required Uploads: 

Identification Photo: Must be an unobstructed, full face identification-type photo (color, forward-facing, head and shoulders only) – NO FILTERS

Proof of Hepatitis B Immunity:  
I. Medical documentation confirming the Hepatitis B vaccine was administered as scheduled with full dates. OR
II. Blood titer indicating immunity to the Hepatitis B virus – acceptable titer results are the following: (Reactive; or Positive; or >9.9). OR
III. Traditional Hepatitis B vaccine minimum requirement – medical documentation confirming that the first and second shots were administered (full dates of both), and the third shot (full date) is scheduled on a doctor's letterhead, or script pad, or appointment reminder card, OR
IV. Hepatitis B Waiver Form

Medical Report - Completed by a Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner

Jurisprudence Exam – This is an open book exam over the Ohio Dental Practice Act.  You must score a 75% or higer to pass.  You will be notifed via email if you need to retake the exam.  
Dental Practice Act
Jurisprudence Exam Questions
Answer Sheet and Notary Page
- These are the two documents you will upload – it is your responsibility to have the Notary Page notarized - the notary must use a visible seal. 

Proof of being a Graduate of an Accredited School of Dental Hygiene - the following will be accepted:
I. Transcripts indicating graduation date and degree received, OR
II. Certificate of Dental Hygiene School – signed and sealed after graduation date- seal must be visible and legible, OR
III. A Certification Letter from school signed and sealed after graduation date – seal must be visible and legible

National Board Dental Hygiene Examinations (NBDHE) Score Card
I. You can upload the paper score card, OR
II. A Word.doc requesting to pull your scores online – but the scores must be available online, so please verify.  You can contact the JCNDE at 312-440-2678

License Verification(s) – if applicable
You are required to list all the state(s) you have ever held or hold a license to practice.  Please contact each State Dental Board to request a certification/verification letter to be sent directly to the Board via e-mail: licensing@den.ohio.gov,  OR U.S. Mail: 77 South High Street, 17th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6135

Valid Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa) 

eLicense Ohio PortalApply Online
Fee: $184 (Even Year) 
 $120 (Odd Year)

Please note:  It does not matter when your license is first issued, you will be required to renew by December 31st of the odd year.  That is why there are two different fees depending on when you apply.  

Renewal & Continuing Education

Registration - Notice of Change of Address - ORC 4715.24

Continuing Education - ORC 4715.25

Completion of Basic Life-Support Training Course - ORC 4715.251 One correction - American Safety & Health Institute has been approved.
Approved CPR Sponsors: 
American Red Cross
The American Heart Association
The American safety and Health Institute

Before You Start: Make sure you have the following items, or the application will not allow you to advance. All applications must be complete
before submission.

Required Uploads:

Proof of completing at least twenty-four hours of continuing dental hygiene education completed during the two-year period immediately
preceding renewal. 

CE LOG optional upload

The following dentist and dental hygienist licensees are exempt from meeting CE requirements: (1) Licensees who have graduated from an accredited dental or dental hygiene program during the current biennium ( upload a copy of your diploma); and (2) Licensees who are attending or have attended a - CODA-accredited dental residency or fellowship program or dental hygiene baccalaureate degree completion program during the current biennium (upload one of the following: letter from school, copy of diploma, or transcripts).

Proof of Current CPR Certification by an approved provider.

Valid Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa) 

eLicense Ohio Portal- Apply Online
Renewal: $144/ Late Fee- $39.00

Reinstatement of Dental Hygiene License

Dental Hygienist; Notice of Temporary RetirementORC 4715.241

ReinstatementORC 4715.242 One Correction – All applications are online through the eLicense portal.

Registration – Notice of Change of Address – Please Review Section (B) – ORC 4715.24 One Correction – The Board no longer “Automatically Suspends” non-renewed licenses, but instead, the status is updated to Inactive/Expired status. 

Continuing Education – Please Review Section (B)(2) - ORC 4715.25

Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal or ReinstatementOAC 4715-8-04

Before You Start: Make sure you have the following items or the application will not allow you to advance. All applications must be complete before submission.

Mailing / Public Address: The address should be the same for both and should be your home address. Only the city and state show up on the public look-up; however, addresses are public record and may be released upon request.
Employment History 
Education History - Type "Other" to enter educational institutions that are not found. 
Background Questions 

Criminal Records Check - Instructions and Information - both BCI and FBI required

Required Uploads: 

Proof of Hepatitis B Immunity:  
I. Medical documentation confirming the Hepatitis B vaccine was administered as scheduled with full dates. OR
II. Blood titer indicating immunity to the Hepatitis B virus – acceptable titer results are the following: (Reactive; or Positive; or >9.9). OR
III. Traditional Hepatitis B vaccine minimum requirement – medical documentation confirming that the first and second shots were administered (full dates of both), and the third shot (full date) is scheduled on a doctor's letterhead, or script pad, or appointment reminder card, OR
IV. Hepatitis B Waiver Form

Medical Report - Completed by a Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner

Jurisprudence Exam – This is an open book exam over the Ohio Dental Practice Act.  You must score a 75% or higher to pass.  You will be notified via email if you need to retake the exam.  
Dental Practice Act
Jurisprudence Exam Questions
Answer Sheet and Notary Page
- These are the two documents you will upload – it is your responsibility to have the Notary Page notarized - the notary must use a visible seal. 

Proof of 24 Hours of Continuing Education

Proof of Current CPR Certification through one of the following: American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or the American Safety and Health Institute

License Verification(s) – if applicable 
You are required to list all the state(s) you have ever held or hold a license to practice.  Please contact each State Dental Board to request a certification/verification letter to be sent directly to the Board via e-mail: licensing@den.ohio.gov,  OR U.S. Mail: 77 South High Street, 17th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6135

Please note - If it has been more than 10 years since you last practiced dental hygiene, you may be asked to take a refresher course.  
Approved Courses:  Ohio State UniversityUniversity of Tennesee  and Ferris State University

eLicense Ohio PortalApply Online
Fee: $144 (Inactive/Retired Status) 
 $183 (Inactive/Expired Status)

Teacher's Certificate

Reciprocity - Review Second Paragraph - ORC 4715.27

Dental Hygiene Teaching Certificate - OAC 4715-9-04

Before You Start: Make sure you have the following items or the application will not allow you to advance. All applications must be complete before submission.

Mailing / Public Address: The address should be the same for both and should be your home address. Only the city and state show up on the public look-up; however, addresses are public record and may be released upon request.
Employment History 
Education History - Type "Other" to enter educational institutions that are not found. 
Background Questions 

Criminal Records Check - Instructions and Information - both BCI and FBI required

Required Uploads: 

Identification Photo: Must be an unobstructed, full face identification-type photo (color, forward-facing, head and shoulders only) – NO FILTERS

Proof of Hepatitis B Immunity:  
I. Medical documentation confirming the Hepatitis B vaccine was administered as scheduled with full dates. OR
II. Blood titer indicating immunity to the Hepatitis B virus – acceptable titer results are the following: (Reactive; or Positive; or >9.9). OR
III. Traditional Hepatitis B vaccine minimum requirement – medical documentation confirming that the first and second shots were administered (full dates of both), and the third shot (full date) is scheduled on a doctor's letterhead, or script pad, or appointment reminder card, OR
IV. Hepatitis B Waiver Form

Medical Report - Completed by a Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner

Jurisprudence Exam – This is an open book exam over the Ohio Dental Practice Act.  You must score a 75% or higher to pass.  You will be notified via email if you need to retake the exam. 
Dental Practice Act
Jurisprudence Exam Questions 
Answer Sheet and Notary Page- These are the two documents you will upload – it is your responsibility to have the Notary Page notarized - the notary must use a visible seal. 

Proof of being a Graduate of an Accredited School of Dental Hygiene - the following will be accepted:
I. Transcripts indicating graduation date and degree received, OR
II. Certificate of Dental Hygiene School – signed and sealed after graduation date- seal must be visible and legibleOR
III. A Certification Letter from school signed and sealed after graduation date – seal must be visible and legible

Proof of Appointment to the Faculty of the Endorsing Accredited Dental Hygiene School:  Certificate of Appointment as Teacher

License Verification(s) – if applicable 
You are required to list all the state(s) you have ever held or hold a license to practice.  Please contact each State Dental Board to request a certification/verification letter to be sent directly to the Board via e-mail: licensing@den.ohio.gov,  OR U.S. Mail: 77 South High Street, 17th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6135

Valid Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa) 

eLicense Ohio PortalApply Online
Fee: $75.00 / 
Renewal $75.00

Oral Health Access Supervision Permit

 

OHASP Information

Definitions – ORC 4715.36

Dental Hygienist Participating in the Oral Health Access Supervision Program (OHASP) – OAC 4715-9-06

Permit Required – ORC 4715.364

Authority Under Permit – ORC 4715.365

Compliance with Protocols; Appointment with Authorizing Dentist – ORC 4715.366

Maximum Number of Permittees Under Authorizing Dentist – ORC 4715.367

List of Locations Where Services are Provided – ORC 4715.368

Authorized Activities – ORC 4715.373

OHASP Education

Course Requirement for the Practice of Dental Hygiene Under Oral Health Access Supervision Program (OHASP) – OAC 4715-9-06.1 and Oral Health Access Supervision Program Course

OHASP Initial Application

Application for Oral Health Access Supervision Program Permit; Dental Hygienist – OAC 4715-10-03, and ORC 4715.363

Before You Start: Make sure you have the following items or the application will not allow you to advance. All applications must be complete before submission.

Mailing / Public Address: The address should be the same for both and should be your home address. Only the city and state show up on the public look-up; however, addresses are public record and may be released upon request.
Employment History 
Education History - Type "Other" to enter educational institutions that are not found. 
Background Questions 

Required Uploads:

Approved 8-hour Oral Health Access Supervision Program (OHASP) Course Certificate of Completion

Approved Permanent Sponsors Medical Emergencies Course Certificate – acquired during the 2 years immediately preceding this application.

Proof of 24 hours of continuing education – acquired during the 2 years immediately preceding this application

Supervising OHASP dentist’s name and permit number

Proof of 1 year and 1500 hours of dental hygiene experience – letter from employer with specific time frame and hours indicated

Valid Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa) 

eLicense Ohio PortalApply Online
Fee: $25.00

OHASP Renewal Application

Expiration of Permit to Practice Under Dentist's Supervision; Renewal - OAC 4715-10-04, and ORC 4715.37

Required Upload:
Oral Health Access Supervision Program Renewal Log

Temporary Volunteer's Certificate

Temporary Dental Volunteer's Certificate - ORC 4715.421

Before You Start: Make sure you have the following items or the application will not allow you to advance. All applications must be complete before submission.

Mailing / Public Address: The address should be the same for both and should be your home address. Only the city and state show up on the public look-up; however, addresses are public record and may be released upon request.
Employment History 
Education History - Type "Other" to enter educational institutions that are not found. 
Background Questions 

Required Uploads: 

Identification Photo: Must be an unobstructed, full face identification-type photo (color, forward-facing, head and shoulders only) – NO FILTERS

Proof of Hepatitis B Immunity:  
I. Medical documentation confirming the Hepatitis B vaccine was administered as scheduled with full dates. OR
II. Blood titer indicating immunity to the Hepatitis B virus – acceptable titer results are the following: (Reactive; or Positive; or >9.9). OR
III. Traditional Hepatitis B vaccine minimum requirement – medical documentation confirming that the first and second shots were administered (full dates of both), and the third shot (full date) is scheduled on a doctor's letterhead, or script pad, or appointment reminder card, OR
IV. Hepatitis B Waiver Form

Copy of Degree from Accredited Dental College or Dental Hygiene School 

Copy of most recent license to practice Dentistry or Dental Hygiene – Issued by a jurisdiction in the United States or in one or more branches of the United States armed services. 

License Verification(s) – if applicable 
You are required to list all the state(s) you have ever held or hold a license to practice.  Please contact each State Dental Board to request a certification/verification letter to be sent directly to the Board via e-mail: licensing@den.ohio.gov,  OR U.S. Mail: 77 South High Street, 17th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6135

If RenewingA temporary volunteer’s certificate shall be valid for a period of 7 days and may be renewed upon application and payment of $25.00.  

Valid Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa)

eLicense Ohio PortalApply Online
Fee: $25.00 / Renewal: $25.00​

Volunteer's Certificate

Volunteer's Certificate - ORC 4715.42

Volunteer's Certificate - OAC 4715-22-01

A Volunteer certificate is issued to RETIRED Dentist or Hygienist to provide free service to indigent and uninsured persons.

Before You Start: Make sure you have the following items or the application will not allow you to advance. All applications must be complete before submission.

Mailing / Public Address: The address should be the same for both and should be your home address. Only the city and state show up on the public look-up; however, addresses are public record and may be released upon request.
Employment History 
Education History - Type "Other" to enter educational institutions that are not found. 
Background Questions 

Required Uploads:

Identification Photo: Must be an unobstructed, full face identification-type photo (color, forward-facing, head and shoulders only) – NO FILTERS

Proof of Hepatitis B Immunity:  
I. Medical documentation confirming the Hepatitis B vaccine was administered as scheduled with full dates. OR
II. Blood titer indicating immunity to the Hepatitis B virus – acceptable titer results are the following: (Reactive; or Positive; or >9.9). OR
III. Traditional Hepatitis B vaccine minimum requirement – medical documentation confirming that the first and second shots were administered (full dates of both), and the third shot (full date) is scheduled on a doctor's letterhead, or script pad, or appointment reminder card, OR
IV. Hepatitis B Waiver Form

Copy of Degree from Accredited Dental College or Dental Hygiene School 

Copy of most recent license to practice Dentistry or Dental Hygiene – Issued by a jurisdiction in the United States or in one or more branches of the United States armed services.

Proof of maintaining full licensure for at least 10 years prior to retirement – Full licensure in good standing, used by a jurisdiction in the United States or in one or more branches of the United States armed services, by means of a Verification letter(s).

License Verification(s) – if applicable 
You are required to list all the state(s) you have ever held or hold a license to practice.  Please contact each State Dental Board to request a certification/verification letter to be sent directly to the Board via e-mail: licensing@den.ohio.gov,  OR U.S. Mail: 77 South High Street, 17th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6135

If Renewing:  A volunteer’s certificate shall be valid for a period of 3 years and be renewed upon application– no fee. 

Eligibility for Renewal – Proof of completion of 60 hours of continuing dental education, or 18 hours of continuing dental hygiene education.  The nonprofit shelter or health care facility in which the holder provides dental or dental hygiene services may pay for or reimburse the holder for any costs incurred in obtaining the required continuing education credits.  

Valid Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa)

eLicense Ohio PortalApply Online
Fee = Free

Hepatitis B Information

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention:  1. Hepatitis B Vaccine information and 2. Heplisav-B (HepB-CpG) Vaccine

Permissible Practices of a Dental Hygienist

Practice Limitations - ORC 4715.23

Permissible Practices Documentation for Dental Hygienists 

Permissible Practices of a Dental HygienistOAC 4715-9-01

Administration of Local Anesthesia; Education and Examination Requirements – OAC 4715-9-01.1  and, ORC 4715.231 Complete the Permissible Practices Documentation, and keep in the office where you work. 

Administration (Initiate, Adjust, Monitor, and Terminate) of Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen (N2O-O2) Minimal Sedation; Education, Training, and Examination Requirements – OAC 4715-9-01.2  Complete the Permissible Practices Documentation, and keep in the office where you work. 

Monitoring of Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen (N2O-O2) Minimal Sedation; Education or Training Requirements  OAC 4715-9-01.3 Complete the Permissible Practices Documentation, and keep in the office where you work. 

Supervision of Licensed Dentist - ORC 4715.22

Practice when the Dentist is Not Physically Present OAC 4715-9-05 Complete the Permissible Practices Documentation, and keep in the office where you work. 

Identification and Prevention of Potential Medical Emergencies Course – Permanent Sponsor - OAC 4715-8-02 - Medical Emergencies Course

Retirement Request

Dental Hygienist; Notice of Temporary Retirement - ORC 4715.241

Retirement Request