Licensure & Accreditation
After completing the dental hygiene program, you must become licensed in order to practice as a dental hygienist. Licensure depends upon successfully completing a written National Board Examination, a clinical regional examination and a written and clinical local anesthesia examination.
For more information on licensure requirements, visit:
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA)
- Utah Department of Professional Licensing (DOPL)
The WSU dental hygiene program is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Accreditation assures you that your dental hygiene education meets the required standards set forth by the ADA Joint Commission and the Department of Professional Licensing for the State of Utah.
The Weber State University dental hygiene program is accredited with no reporting requirements by the American Dental Association Joint Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been since 1975. Accreditation reviews are on a 7-year cycle. The last review was 2017.
The ADA Joint Commission on Dental Accreditation serves as a resource for accredited dental hygiene education programs and will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental education programs, but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal.
A copy of the dental hygiene accreditation standards and/or Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 1-800-621-8099, ext. 2719, or the dental hygiene program office in the Marriott Allied Health Bldg. Room 475.
*As part of the ongoing and upcoming site visit, the dental hygiene program is soliciting comments regarding the compliance with the accreditation standards. The program would like to encourage your participation in this process.