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Hi, I have earned BDS (Bachelor of dental surgery) degree from Bangladesh. I want to practice as a dental hygienist in US. What are steps to get a license here? Also, do I need to complete any additional courses for that?
As far as I know, in most states, there is no advantage or preference given if you are a foreign-trained dentist. You have to do your pre-requisites (about two years), apply for Dental Hygiene schools (very competitive), get admitted, study for two years and then give board exams.
I am not certain but there are states where based on your foreign diploma you can work as a dental hygienist but only after passing NBDE part 1 and 2.
As far as I know, the only state that allow foreign trained dentists to practice as dental hygienist with minimal requirements is Florida. Check their website for dental hygiene licenses. All other states require a minimum of 2 years of dental hygiene program, etc. Again, you will need to decide which state you want to work at, then do the research for their requirements. I hope this help! Good Luck!