Hawaii Dental Hygienists' Association 


Basic Education and Continuing Education Requirements


Dental hygienists receive two-to-four years of training, are licensed professionals, and require continuing education credits for licensure renewal.  An accredited dental hygiene program provides an average of 1,948 hours of curriculum, including 585 hours of supervised clinical instruction:

  • General education courses (speech, psychology, sociology)

  • Basic science courses (chemistry, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, nutrition, pharmacology)

  • Dental science courses (dental anatomy, head and neck anatomy, oral embryology & histology, oral pathology, radiography, periodontology, pain control, dental materials)

  • Dental hygiene science courses (oral health education & preventive counseling, patient management, clinical dental  hygiene, community dental health, medical & dental emergencies including basic life support, legal & ethical aspects of dental hygiene practice)

  • Supervised instruction in pre-clinical and clinical practice.


Twenty hours of continuing education are required every two years for dental hygiene re-licensure. All courses shall be relevant to the care and treatment of patients and courses must be taken from approved sponsors. No more than half of the courses can be correspondence courses and those must be from approved sponsors. All dental hygienists shall complete a basic life support course every two years, approved by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.


At the time of biennial renewal , no later than December 31 of each odd number year, each licensee shall have completed the continuing education requirement for the two calendar years preceding the renewal date as follows:

  • Dental hygienists initially licensed in the first year of the biennium shall have completed 10 CE hours.

  • Dental hygienists initially licensed in the second year of the biennium shall not be required to complete any CE hours.

  • All other dental hygienists shall have completed twenty CE hours.


Each person shall maintain her or his own continuing education records and keep them four years after completion of any CE course. At the time of renewal, each licensee shall certify on a form provided by the board that she or he has satisfied the CE requirements. The board may audit and require any licensee to submit additional evidence demonstrating compliance with the CE requirement. For more detailed information go HERE