Dental Hygienist Schools in Nebraska (Top Programs)

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Dental Hygienist Schools in Nebraska

To become a dental hygienist in Nebraska, you first need to attend a program.

This will give you the opportunity to apply for a license, which will allow you to start your new career.

The dental hygienist licenses in Nebraska are managed by the Nebraska Board of Dentistry.

Enrolling in a Training Program

Nebraska requires candidates to attend an accredited Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) program.

The program will result in an associate’s degree or other higher education degree.

You can pursue other degrees for better credentials that will result in better job opportunities.

The subjects you will study during the program include:

  • Preclinical Theory
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Preclinical Techniques
  • Osteology of the Skull
  • Special Topics in Oral Biology
  • Oral Histology
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Oral Radiology
  • Dental Materials
  • Integrated General Oral Pathology
  • Theoretical Periodontology
School Name Address
Central Community College 3134 West Hwy 34, Grand Island, Nebraska 68802-4903
Creighton University 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68178
University of Nebraska Medical Center 987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr, Omaha, Nebraska 68198-7815
Western Nebraska Community College 1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-1899

Pass the Licensing Exams

In this state, you need to pass 3 exams before getting a dental hygiene certification.

These are the National Board exam, the Regional exam and the Jurisprudence exam.

The National Board Exam

This is the first required exam, and you cannot take the other 2 until you send the scores to the Board.

To apply for it, register for DENTPIN and submit an application form.

Regional Exam

The accepted exams are:

  • The Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) Dental Hygiene Examination
  • The Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) Dental Hygiene Exam.

In order to pass, you must get a 75% score.

Jurisprudence Exam

This test covers the laws and rules for dental hygienists in Nebraska.

In this state, the exam scores must be sent along with the application form.

Applying for the License

To become eligible for licensing, you must:

  • Be 19 years old
  • Send in the application form
  • Official School Transcript
  • Official NBDHE Exam Scores
  • Official Practical Exam Scores
  • Jurisprudence Exam
  • Required $110.00 Application Fee
  • Copy of birth certificate

If you already have a license in another state, you can apply by credentials.

In order to do so, you must:

  • Have an experience of 3 years as a dental hygienist
  • Take 15 extra education hours
  • Send in proof of holding a license in another state

You can also apply for the local anesthesia permit.

To get it, you have to attend a local anesthesia course and pay a $25 fee.


Having the local anesthesia permit in Nebraska means a higher salary than other dental hygienists.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Omaha $70,814
Lincoln $70,472
Bellevue $70,814
Grand Island $69,499
Kearney $69,499
Fremont $69,758
Hastings $69,499
Norfolk $61,643
North Platte $67,383
Columbus $69,499

Regional Salary in Nebraska

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Grand Island, NE60$77,650$37.33$91,520$67,090
Lincoln, NE340$81,430$39.15$95,270$76,590
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA490$80,570$38.73$84,310$77,650
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Dental Hygienists, OCC Code 29-1292, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Renewing Your License

The dental hygienist licenses should be renewed every 24 months.

On years with odd numbers, licenses have an expiration date on March 1st.

In order to be able to renew your certification, you have to take 30 extra class hours covering industry updates.

You can choose to attend an accredited program to fulfill the extra hours.

Other options include study clubs, district meetings, and home study.

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