Requirements for Licensure

In order to be eligible for licensure to practice dental hygiene in New York State, students must fulfill the policy established by the Dental Hygiene Faculty Committee, and earn a minimum grade of 75 percent on the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination as well as on the North East Regional Board Examination (NERB).

Licensure Eligibility Requirements

Students are eligible to take the dental hygiene licensing board examinations when the following requirements are met:

  • Passing grades in all dental hygiene didactic and clinic courses. Completion of 75 percent of clinic IV course requirements No outstanding grades of F, I, or Y in any courses. Written permission of the Director of the Dental Hygiene Program or designate

  • Successful completion of the NYU Dental Hygiene Board Preparation Course

Any student who does not meet eligibility requirements will not be certified for the examinations. In addition, the Director of the Dental Hygiene Program will decertify any student who is projected not to complete the academic program within 45 days of the date of the examinations for NERB or 4 months of graduation for National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.

NYU National Board Dental Hygiene Preparation Course: All NYU dental hygiene students must take and successfully complete the course in order to be eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. A minimum grade of 75 must be achieved on each of the mock board examinations.

Licensure Examinations

Eligibility: The candidate must be either a graduate of a dental hygiene program in the United States accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or a graduate of an accredited dental hygiene program in Canada.

National Board Dental Hygiene Examination

This comprehensive examination consists of approximately 350 multiple-choice test items and is computer-based. The examination has two components:

  • 200 items addressing three components:
    • Provision of clinical dental hygiene services
    • Scientific basis for dental hygiene practice
    • Community health activities
  • 150 case-based items that refer to comprehensive dental hygiene patient treatment

North East Regional Board Examination (NERB)

The Examination in Dental Hygiene consists of two parts. Each of these exercises takes place on a different day. Registration is completed online and a test site is selected for clinical examination. The candidate must submit an application fee by the published deadline date.

  • The Computer-Simulated Clinical Exercise (CSCE) is a computer-based examination, approximately two hours in length, and takes place on one day, by appointment, at a Prometric testing center.

  • The Clinical Exercise is a patient treatment examination (PTCE), approximately four hours in length, scheduled at a clinical examination site. The exam takes place on another day and is administered by NERB examiners.

A grade of 75 or more is required to pass each exercise. Both exercises must be passed to receive NERB status. NERB status is recognized by the participating licensing jurisdictions.