Affiliated Practice

Eligibility Requirements

Dental hygienists are eligible to enter into an affiliated practice relationship if they:

  1. Hold an active license in good standing pursuant to this article (32-1289.01)
  2. Enter into an affiliated practice relationship with a dentist who holds an active license pursuant to this chapter.
  3. Be actively engaged in dental hygiene practice for at least five hundred hours in each of the two years immediately preceding the affiliated practice relationship.
  • Maintain an appropriate level of contact, communication, and consultation with the affiliated dentist
  • Complete 12 hours of specific continuing education that can be included in the 54 hours required for triennial renewal
  • Advise the patient that care is provided by a licensed, registered dental hygienist and does not take the place of a diagnosis or treatment plan by a dentist
  • Limit services to those duties within the terms of the affiliated practice agreement

Educational Requirements for the AP RDH

  • 4 hours in medical emergencies
  • 8 hours in any two of the following:
    • Pediatric
    • Special health care needs population
    • Preventive Dentistry
    • Public health community-based dentistry

Online Courses Available

Course Title Hours Cost
Early Childhood Oral Health Promotion  
(Meets both the pediatric and preventive dentistry component)
4 hrs $50
Oral Health Medical Emergencies  4 hrs $50
Oral Public Health 4 hrs $50

Interim Therapeutic Restorations 

4 hrs $250