Tips for the Moving Hygienist

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the average American moves 11.7 times in their lifetime.[1] When you are a licensed professional, a major move can create a mountain of work in order to be qualified to practice in a specific state.

For our RDH series we will be talking to Hai Bui, a licensed California hygienist, who made the big move to Arizona.

1. What prompted your move from California to Arizona?
My boyfriend just finished up his residency and got a job opportunity in Scottsdale, AZ. We thought it would be a good chance to experience something new.

2. What steps did you need to take to become licensed in Arizona?
I had to reapply for my RDH license for Arizona. This is an online application where you can submit your credentials, diploma, and transcripts. After my license was processed, I contacted the Dental Board of California so they could send a letter of verification to the Dental Board of Arizona. I will also have to take the WREB Local Anesthesia Examination, but because of COVID-19 the test is being postponed. However, I am still allowed to work but can’t administer any injections involved with anesthesia until I pass the exam.

3. What was the most challenging aspect of moving as a licensed professional?
Not knowing what to expect at a new dental office because California has different regulations than Arizona.

4. How has COVID-19 impacted your job search and work routine?
It increased the demand for hygiene positions because a lot of hygienist are staying home with their children or retiring early. In terms of work routine, I always keep my gown, mask, and face shield on. I am also constantly washing my hands in between patients to limit exposure to myself and others.

5. What tips can you give other hygienists who are looking to practice in a different state?
At this moment, be smart and wear PPE and make sure your co-workers are following CDC protocols and guidelines. You can never be too careful.

If you would like more information on RDH licensing visit the ADHA website or click here.

By Ronda L. |


1. US Census Bureau, Calculating Migration Expectancy Using ACS Data

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