Is there a chart or map or list that shows license reciprocity? I’ve also hear dental hygienists say they were licensed in a new state based on credentials. What is that process?
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has a chart showing reciprocity by state, but you must be a member to access. The information should also appear on the website for your state’s regulating agency for dental hygiene.
Licensure by credential criteria varies by state. This information may be available through ADHA. If not, it should be on the regulatory agencies’ websites for each state.
The requirements by state can vary and it’s important to know what is needed—not only for licensure but also with regard to scope of practice. Not all things allowed in one state may be allowed in another, despite an individual being trained and previously a provider of the service. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has resources related to licensure, as well as scope and practice on our website. With the more specific request related to licensure, a good place to start would be http://www.adha.org/licensure with the state licensing by credentials or endorsement document. Other information can be found on the state’s regulatory site and there is another document for state licensing agencies on this same page of the ADHA site.
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association is a great resource; however, you will need to go directly to the state board you wish to practice in and inquire on what it requires, as each state differs in this. Some states license through reciprocity but each state practices “state’s rights” in that it decides what is acceptable or not. Credentialing again is state by state and your best resource is to contact that state board directly.