An RDHAP is a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice. The purpose of an RDHAP is to provide a mid-level practitioner to meet the needs of an underserved population. An RDHAP license that allows them to have their own independent business in various settings other than a dental office. An RDHAP can provide their services in schools, institutions, residences, clinics, skilled nursing facilities and private homes of homebound persons.

To become an RDHAP, one must have already passed an accredited Registered Dental Hygienist Program and State Dental Board and National Board Exams to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. In addition the recipient must have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, verification of at least 2,000 clinical practice hours in the preceding 36 months, a certificate of completion of an additional 150 hours of an accredited post-graduate training program specific for the RDHAP license, and must pass an additional California State Dental Board law and ethics examination specific to the practice of RDHAP. We are CPR certified and are trained in elder/child abuse recognition, care of patients with dementia, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, Autism, Down Syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease and Cerebral Palsy. The RDHAP must complete 35 units of continuing education every two years as part of maintaining their license.