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Dental Hygienist

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The state of Kentucky requires a professional license for Dental Hygienists. State licenses are obtained by meeting educational pre-requisites, industry level certification, and by submitting an application and fee to the Kentucky Board of Dentistry.  The Kentucky Community & Technical College System offers Army MOS 68E Dental Specialists, 6 credits towards an Associate in Applied Science degree for experience gained while enlisted as a 68E.


If you plan on using Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA), first visit the GoArmyEd website

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If you do not intend to use FTA, apply for admissions online

Military applicants may also need to provide:

  • High school transcript(s) 

  • College transcript(s) (if applicable)

  • JST (Joint Services Transcript) 

  • DD214

  • ACT or SAT test scores 

In order to receive all 6 credits towards the AAS degree, MOS 68E applicants will need to successfully complete 3 written assessments and one clinical assessment.


  • DAH 101 Infection Control and Medical Emergencies (2 credits)

  • DAH 124 Materials in Dentistry (2 credits)

  • DAH 135 Oral Radiology + Clinic Assessment (2 credits

IMPORTANT: Transitioning service members must contact BSCTC’s Military and Veteran Campus Resource Team as well as the Dental Hygiene Program Director in order to receive these credits.

Licensing Pathways and Requirements

Basic Requirements

In addition to meeting each pathway’s specific application requirements, applicants must also:

Submit a completed and signed Application for Dental Hygiene Licensure form

Provide copies of transcripts and proof of graduation from a CODA accredited program

Pay an application fee of $125 (non-renewal year) or $75 (renewal year)

Provide a copy of successful completion of the national level NBDHE exam

Provide a copy of successful completion of the state board’s jurisprudence exam

Provide a copy of a federal background check 

Provide a copy of a current CPR certification approved by the American Heart Association

Provide a copy of successful completion (within 3 tries) of one of the following regional clinical exams:

If applying for licensure by credentials from another state since graduation, an applicant must also:

  • Provide verification of any license to practice dental hygiene held previously or currently in any state or jurisdiction (copy of license not accepted). These must be sent directly to the Board from each jurisdiction within 3 months of submitting the licensure application.

  • Provide a copy of a National Practitioner Data Bank Report AADE Clearinghouse Report

    • Initial reports are obtained by the Board. Applicants are required to provide a written report for any positive results.

    • Submit a $25.00 report fee, made payable to the “Kentucky Board of Dentistry”

If applying for licensure by examination (more than 2 years after fulfilling requirements of CODA accredited program), an applicant must also have:

  • Held a license to practice dental hygiene in good standing in another state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or;

  • If the applicant has not held a license in good standing, they must complete a board approved refresher course prior to receiving a license to practice dental hygiene in Kentucky

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

1 Bert T. Combs Drive

Prestonsburg, KY 41653 

(606) 886-3863 |

Kentucky Board of Dentistry 

312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 101

Louisville, Kentucky 40222 

(502) 429-7280 |

For your convenience, you can access the steps below via a PDF

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