Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Glenn E. Tagatz

Second Advisor

Edward DeRoche


Dental licensure is for the protection of the public and for no other purpose. (ADA Commission on licensure (1976)). It is not for the protection of the profession nor is it to control the supply of dental hygienists.

Licensure has always been a complicated process for graduating dental hygienists. It is simplified only if the hygienist chooses to stay in the same state, for in that case everyone in the school, is in the same boat. Hygienists wishing to obtain a license in other states have faced the problems of filing through the many requirements for licensure and registration which vary tremendously from state to state.