Initial Application - Dental Hygienist

 

A completed application and application fee must be received by the Board 30 days prior to a meeting of the Board. Once the application has been received by the Board, other required documents such as transcripts, references etc., can be sent to the Board.  Application fees are nonrefundable, even if the application is subsequently denied or the applicant fails to complete the application. The Board will not discuss or give information regarding the application with anyone other than the applicant. Applicants may view the NDBDE website to review documents that have been received by the Board.

Applications must be complete within 12 months of filing. 

The Board cannot grant a license unless all requirements have been met. 

All applicants must be a graduate of a program accredited by the ADA's Commission on Dental Accreditation. 

Applicants are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check. The appropriate forms will be sent to the applicant upon receipt of the application and application fee. The Board will seek information from recognized data sources including the National Practitioners Data Bank, liability insurers, health care institutions, and law enforcement agencies.

License by Examination - Requirements

The applicant has passed within two years of application the examination administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) or the Dental Hygiene Certification Board of Canada.

  1. The applicant has successfully completed within two years of application a clinical competency examination.
  2. Proof of name change documentation.
  3. The applicant has evidence of current CPR.
  4. References (3) sent directly from the reference.
  5. A local anesthesia permit application if the applicant intends to utilize the expanded duty.
  6. An official transcript sent directly from the school.
  7. A notarized copy of the dental hygiene diploma.  
  8. Proof of physical health and visual acuity.
  9. Successfully completed the online ND Jurisprudence & Ethics Examination.

Application Packet - License by Examination

License by Credential - Requirements   

A hygienist who is licensed and has been actively practicing dentistry for three years immediately preceding application in another jurisdiction where the requirements are at least substantially equivalent to those of this state may apply to the NDBDE for a License by Credential review pursuant to the following:

Complete the Professional Background Information Service (PBIS) Level II Credentialing Packet. Confirmation of the completed Level II credentialing packet must be sent with the License by Credential application to the ND Board. PBIS charges a fee for their services and can take up to 90 days to complete. Keep this in mind as you apply for licensure. Contact PBIS for information at:
Professional Background Information Service
23460 N. 19th Avenue, Suite 225
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Office: (602) 861-5867
Fax: (602) 861-9656
Website: http://www.pbisonline.com/ 
  1. Proof of successfully completing a clinical competency regional examination accepted by the NDSBDE.
  2. Proof of successfully completing the examination administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) or the Dental Hygiene Certification Board of Canada. 
  3. Evidence of sixteen hours of continuing education in accordance with Section 20-04-01-08.
  4. Proof of name change documentation.
  5. Proof of current CPR.
  6. References (3) sent directly from the reference.
  7. A local anesthesia permit application if the applicant intends to utilize the expanded duty.
  8. An official and final transcript sent directly from the school.
  9. A notarized copy of the dental hygiene diploma.  
  10. Proof of physical health and visual acuity.
  11. Successfully completed the online ND Jurisprudence & Ethics Examination.
  12. A certificate from the examining or licensing board of every jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed to practice, certifying that the individual is a licensed and registered dental hygienist in good standing in that jurisdiction.
  13. Evidence the applicant for at least three years immediately preceding application, has been licensed in good standing and has been actively practicing dental hygiene in another jurisdiction where the requirements are at least substantially equivalent to those of this state.   

License by Credential applicants may or may not be scheduled to appear before the Board for the informal interview and to complete the ND Jurisprudence & Ethics examination. Applicants required to appear before the Board will be notified by the Executive Director regarding the scheduled time. Plan travel times accordingly.   

Application Packet - License by Credential

Reporting

An applicant must report to the board in writing any illegal, unethical, or errant behavior or conduct of the dentist, including malpractice judgements or settlements or final judgment for or against the licensee, a final disposition by a licensing agency in another state, territory, or country; all proceedings, of formal or informal actions by a governmental agency; a law enforcement agency; or a court for an act or conduct that would constitute grounds for discipline. 

If you have a conviction, or any other incident to report as required by application,  send with the application supporting documentation and/or certified copies of all court documents related to the matter discussed in the petition. Documentation includes, as applicable, a copy of any assessment or evaluation and recommendations for treatment, criminal charges, reported offenses, police reports, judgments, dispositions of criminal complaint, dispositions of offenses, final dispositions, court orders, actions pending, and deferred judgments. Not doing so may delay the licensing process.

Clinical Boards

The NDSBDE accepts the following regional clinical competency examinations:

  •        Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS)
  •        Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA)
  •        Western Regional Examining Board (WREB)
  •        Any regional dental testing service before September 17, 2009

RDH Reinstatement of License - Requirements 

Reinstatement applications and the associated application fee must be received by the Board 30 days prior to the Board’s formal meeting.  Other required documents may be sent and received by the Board after the application has been received. Once the application and fee have been received by the Board’s office the applicant will be sent criminal background check fingerprint cards with instructions.  Processing this information may take up to 14 business days. Additional requirements of reinstatement include:

1. Proof that the dental hygiene applicant has completed 16 hours of continuing education in accordance with Administrative Rule § 20-04-01-08 within two years of application.  
2. Evidence of current CPR
3. Grounds for denial of the application under NDCC § 43-28-18 do not exist.
4. The applicant must deliver to the board license verification from the examining or licensing board of every jurisdiction in which the individual is or was licensed to practice, certifying that the individual is or was licensed. The license verification form can be downloaded from the Board’s web site.
5. The applicant provides three completed letters of reference on the Confidential Professional Reference forms. References should be from licensed dentists or other professionals who can attest to the applicant’s professional character and technical skills. Therefore, references from classmates, friends, relatives, spouses, employees or patients are not accepted by the Board. The reference letters must be returned to the Board by the reference and not the applicant.
6. The applicant provides proof of employment in clinical practice or dental hygiene education for the three years prior to application. Examples of proof of employment include W2 or a notarized letter from employer.
7. The applicant has passed a written examination on the laws and rules governing the practice of dentistry in this state administered by the board.
8. Local Anesthesia requires a permit; Restorative Functions, Anesthesia Assistant Functions requires a renewable permit.
9. The Board may require reexamination of clinical skills.

Application Packet - Reinstatement

Inactive Status

Upon payment of the fee a dental hygienist or dentist may place the license on inactive status. At the time of renewal a license that is current and in good standing may be converted to inactive status.  While on inactive status licensed dentists or dental hygienists are not required to submit continuing education.  You may wish to maintain your inactive status if you practice out of state or have retired. Inactive status permits the licensee to retain their license in good standing and avoid cancellation, and allows the licensee to receive all NDSBDE mailings.

While on inactive status, the licensee may not engage in the practice of dentistry or dental hygiene in North Dakota until the individual submits a reinstatement application, pays the reinstatement fee, and meets any additional requirements established by the Board.

To maintain a North Dakota inactive license, the licensee must be renewed no later than December 31, annually. If the inactive license is not renewed the license is cancelled.

Pursuant to Section 20-02-01-04.3 a license on inactive status may be reinstated prior to the next license expiration date provided grounds for denial of the application do not exist. The practitioner must meet CE requirements and successfully complete the online jurisprudence examination.

Application Packet - Inactive Status

FAQs - Inactive and Reinstatement

Who is eligible to apply for reinstatement? 

To reinstate a license the applicant must have previously held a dental or dental hygiene license in North Dakota.  If you have not been actively practicing dentistry or dental hygiene in ND for ten years previous to application and have not kept inactive status current by annually maintaining inactive status, you may be required to apply for license by credential. To assure the Board has retained your credentials, contact the Board prior to application  (The ND Record Retention and Records Management laws require deletion of aged records).

 

 How do I maintain my inactive status?

To renew inactive status licensees are sent a notice of renewal by mid October, annually. The fee to remain on inactive status is $35.

 

 What if I fail to renew the inactive status by December 31st?

If the Board does not receive the renewal application and fee the inactive status expires. By sending the application, application fee and late fee, the inactive status may be reinstated. If the Board does not receive the application, and fees etc., by February 25, the inactive status is cancelled and cannot be renewed. 

 

How do I reinstate a license that is on inactive status? 

You must submit a completed reinstatement application, application fee and requirements of application. Requirements include appropriate proof of continuing education and certification in CPR within the twenty-four month period prior to requesting to reinstate the license. Upon receipt of your application and application fee, you will receive background check fingerprint cards. Instructions for taking an online jurisprudence and ethics exam are also sent to the applicant. The completed application is reviewed by the full Board for approval.  To determine the status of your application process, you may view documents received by the Board by logging in on the Board’s web site.  

 

Once I have submitted the application and requirements, when will I receive the license?

License applications are reviewed when the Board meets.  Completed applications which have met the requirements of licensure are granted licensure by majority vote of the Board during it’s meeting. Applicants may verify license status online.

 

Are there any other requirements that may be of concern to an RDH reinstatement applicant?

If you have been actively practicing dental hygiene in the three year period prior to application or have passed a clinical competency examination administered by a regional dental testing service, approved by the board in section 20-04-01-04, within two years of application, you are eligible for reinstatement. The board may, within the board’s discretion, waive this requirement.