Clean Smiles Dental  Hygiene Practice
of Claire Fleckles
and Vicki Harris

What is RDHAP

What is
RDHAP?
What is An RDHAP?
An RDHAP is a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice. In 1998 the California Legislature created a new license category of Oral Health Professionals, the Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP).  An RDHAP has specialized training and an additional license that allows them to have their own independent business and work in settings other than a dental office and without the supervision of a dentist. (To receive this license the recipient must be a Registered Dental Hygienist with two years pre-requisites in General Education and Science and have graduated from an accredited program of biomedical sciences, dental and dental hygiene science and passed the State examination.  In addition the recipient must have a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent, verification of practice experience, a certificate of completion of an accredited post-graduate training program specific for this license.

A Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice is defined as- An individual who provides access care for preventive dental hygiene services to the homebound, patients in nursing homes, schools, residential care facilities and the institutionalized. Under the scope of practice RDHAP’s can see these patients without a dentist’s supervision.

An RDHAP must have completed 2000 hours of clinical practice,  complete a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), and complete 150 hours of an approved educated program, and pass a licensed board exam.

RDHAP may also establish practices in communities that have been designated as dental health professional shortage areas.