PREPARING FOR THE FLORIDA DENTAL HYGIENE STATE BOARDS

by Jane Weiner, RDH

This is a trying time in anyone's life and I hope that the following tips prove helpful to allay the stress that all candidates for the boards are under.

COURSES NECESSARY BEFORE TAKING THE BOARDS INCLUDE : 

These courses can be taken through the mail or in person at a Board Approved Course and can be taken in any state so long as it is a Fl. Board approved course.

NOTE:  In order for one's license to be valid one must be certified in CPR with training in the external defibrillator and the ambubag.  It is advisable to have current CPR within two weeks of having taken the boards if not before. It is the Health Care Provider CPR course that is necessary

ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE MALPRACTICE INSURANCE

Some companies include:

Tell the company representative it is only to be for the boards, as it is not mandatory in the state of Fl. to have malpractice insurance in order to practice, although I advise having it.

HOTEL INFORMATION FOR BOARD WEEK RESERVATIONS

Gainesville Hotels...

Ft. Lauderdale Hotels...

Be sure to make the reservations for enough days/nights as the boards can range from a two night stay to a four night stay and you can always cancel if you don't need the extra nights. Also be sure to let them know at the time of making the reservation that you will be in town to take the Hygiene Boards.

TYPICAL BOARD SCHEDULE

SUPPLIES AND INSTRUMENTS

It is advisable to have a dental supply dealer with whom you have a relationship as they can be most helpful to you during your boards.

Reputable people I deal with are:

You will need to provide the following :

THE IDEAL BOARD PATIENT FOR FL. STATE DENTAL HYGIENE BOARDS

WRITTEN LAW TEST (Computerized)

The written test is usually a multiple choice test ( about 40-60 questions ) on the laws and rules in the law book ( State Statutes ) that the board sends you about a month before the test.  My course can be taken at anytime through the mail so that you have a heads up on the laws and rules once the Statute book comes.

The review I provide is through the mail with online clarifications and/or telephone conference.

For more information on this course e-mail me at: rdhjw@aol.com or visit my web site at http://janewrdh.com

I also follow up with the participants of the course.

Florida Board of Dentistry Phone Number:  (850) 245-4474

Remember... If you fail one portion of the test you can retake that portion within 13 mos. but if you fail more than one part of the prophylaxis or both the clinical and laws both parts must be retaken. No one to date who has taken my course has failed the law test. The clinical is dependent upon what type of a clinician you are and only YOU know that.

If I can be of any help to anyone please feel free to contact me via e-mail: rdhjw@aol.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I hope that this has been informative and is helpful to you.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO SIT FOR THE BOARDS!!!

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