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Upon graduation from the program and after achieving a minimum score of 75 on both the National Dental Hygiene Examination and both parts of the NERB Examination, the student must complete and submit an application for NYS licensure. Applications and a $120.00 registration fee are submitted to the NYS Education Department, Office of Professions. The candidate will renew this license every three (3) years and must be capable of showing verification of 24 hours of continuing education courses during that three year period.

  • The applicant must be a US citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residency in the US.
  • The applicant must be of good moral character. Anyone convicted of a crime or who has committed an act which raised question as to his/her moral character will be subjected to review by the state. The department strongly encourages anyone with a prior conviction to contact the Office of Professional Discipline prior to applying for admission into the dental hygiene program. We would not want you to complete the coursework only to discover that you will be denied NYS licensure.
  • Applicants who are dependent upon alcohol or any other recreational drugs will not be allowed to practice dental hygiene.
  • Applicants must show proof that they have completed the NYS mandated Child Abuse Course.

More information can be obtained by visiting the NYS Office of Professions website at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/dent/

Limited Permit

A new law was passed in 2010, allowing dental hygiene graduates to practice dental hygiene with a limited permit. Limited permits are intended to allow an individual to engage in restricted practice from the time s/he graduates from a professional educational program to the time both licensing examinations have been successfully completed with 75% proficiency. Under this new law, individuals practicing under a dental hygiene limited permit can work  under the personal supervision of a licensed dentist in New York State. (They may not practice under the "general supervision" of a dentist). The new dental hygiene limited permit law operates the same way as limited permit laws do in many of the other professional programs.

To qualify for a limited permit, a dental hygiene graduate must have satisfactorily completed all requirements for licensure, except for the two licensing examinations. As the title implies, a "limited permit" is issued for a limited period of time. To apply for this limited permit, graduates of the SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program must submit a completed application along with the required supporting documentation signed by a notary public as well as the required $128.00 application fee to the NYS Education Department.

Interested parties may acquire an application by contacting the NYS Education Dept at 518-474-3817, ext 550 or by visiting the following website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/dent/dent1ll.pdf


Dental Hygiene
Program Director
Pamela Quinn