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National Dental Hygiene Board Review

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Join ADHA’s interactive community for an on demand online National Dental Hygiene Board Review course. This unique program is designed to help you prepare for the new computer-based dental hygiene licensure exam. The review course will be taught by knowledgeable and experienced professors through online modules. Discover the flexibility to study and review all course materials and online anytime from anywhere in the world.

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Course Highlights

  • Online Learning Survey Tool to assist students in assessing their online course readiness prior to registering
  • Video Samples to clarify course content
  • All recorded sessions available to registered participants for 60 days after the date of purchase.
  • NEW! Self Assessment Exam tool is included as part of your course registration. This allows you to test your knowledge on the various subject topics.
  • Comprehensive electronic Study Guide containing all course materials included with registration. Hard copy Study Guide is available to course registrants for an additional $48./li>
  • Available now through December 31

Please note that all student registrations and technical issues for the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam Review are processed online at CE Webinar™.

Course Resources


The National Dental Hygiene Board Review online course is offered in a series of sessions; however you may view the recordings as long and as often as you like during the 60 day registration period. Review for your board exam YOUR way.

Cost: $295 per student | $48 for hard copy study guide

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Course Content

Based on the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, the course will cover three general subject areas: scientific basis for dental hygiene practice; the provision of clinical dental hygiene services; and community dental health and research principles. To further help you prepare for the exam, the course also features an on-demand module on test-taking strategies and methods to further develop your critical thinking skills.

Content areas to be reviewed include:

  • Dental Materials
  • Periodontology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition & Biochemistry
  • Radiology
  • Community Oral Health
  • Research Principles
  • Case Studies
  • Test- Taking Strategies


Each session of the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam Review Course will be taught by a knowledgeable and experienced content expert through a live online forum.

Introduction and Final Tips (Recorded Sessions)

Cynthia C. Gadbury-Amyot, MSDH, Ed.D.- Dr. Amyot, Ed.D., serves as Associate Dean and Professor of Instructional Technology and Faculty Development, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), School of Dentistry. Dr. Amyot has been a full-time faculty member at UMKC since 1993 serving three years as Director of Graduate and Degree Completion Studies and five years as Director of the Division of Dental Hygiene. She served two years as Interim Vice Provost of Online Education. She teaches at all levels of the curriculum; doctoral, predoctoral, graduate and undergraduate. Dr. Amyot has received numerous distinguished teaching awards from the School of Dentistry and is a recipient of the university wide Elmer Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Missouri Distance Education Leadership Award from the Missouri Distance Learning Association. Cindy has served as co-chair of the UMKC School of Dentistry promotion and tenure committee and chair of the faculty development committee. Her research interests include: portfolio assessment of student competency, community-based service-learning, access to care and distance and online education. Her service to the university and profession is extensive. She served as Chair of the Council on Research for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association for several years. Dr. Amyot served as an educational consultant for the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. She has held several offices in the UMKC Alumni Association and served on numerous committees throughout the university. Dr. Amyot is the recipient of the 2014 Alfred C. Fones Award, a national award recognizing outstanding achievement and dedication to the profession of dental hygiene.
She was named the recipient of the 2007 ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellowship and was awarded the Pfizer/ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene in 2004.

Test-Taking Strategies (Recorded Session)

William Hendricson is assistant dean for Education and Faculty Development at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Dental School. Bill was the faculty development specialist for the academic health center in San Antonio where he directed the semester-long University Teaching Excellence Course (UTEC) for 15 years. He was director of Faculty Development for the Regional Academic Health Center in the Rio Grande Valley and has conducted master teacher courses for the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas College of Pharmacy and the Texas A & M Medical School. He directed a year-long research and grantsmanship fellowship for the North American Primary Care Research Group for nine years. Bill is senior consultant for the Academy of Academic Leadership, where he directs the Institute for Teaching and Learning. He is a member of the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education, is an instructor in the ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program and was associate editor of the Journal of Dental Education from 2000 to 2009. He has published 104 papers, chapters and monographs on health professions education and served as a consultant to more than 150 universities and professional organizations.

Nutrition & Biochemistry

Kylie J. Austin, RDH MS ECP-I, obtained a BS in Nutritional Science from Kansas State University, a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, and a MS in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry. She has previously served as a didactic instructor for Periodontics, Nutrition and Oral Health, and Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Administration. She has also served as a clinical and radiography lab instructor at the UMKC School of Dentistry and Manhattan Area Technical College Dental Hygiene Program. She has a special interest in public health dental hygiene and holds an Extended Care Permit, which provides an opportunity to work with the Healthy Smiles School-Based Dental Hygiene program as part of the Kansas State School Screening and Sealant Program. She currently serves as a consultant for the UMKC School of Dentistry and has worked collaboratively with UMKC faculty members to recently publish research in the areas of school-based dental hygiene, portfolio assessment, and boards review courses. Kylie is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Dental Education Association, and Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society.

Dental Materials, Community Oral Health and Research Principles

Christine Nathe, RDH, MS, is the professor and director at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Division of Dental Hygiene, and she also serves as Vice Chair of Dental Medicine at UNM. She has published numerous articles in dental hygiene venues and speaks worldwide on dental public health issues. Ms. Nathe has practiced in various settings around the world including private practice, nursing homes, prisons, schools, and the military, and consults for various governmental agencies and private dental industry. Her books Dental Public Health and Research: Contemporary Practice for the Dental Hygienist, 3rd edition and Primary Preventive Dentistry, 8th edition are used throughout the world to educate hygienists on the science and practice of dental public health and primary dental care. She is the public health columnist for RDH and serves an editorial reviewer of many dental hygiene periodicals. Ms. Nathe served as chair of the American Dental Hygienists' Association Council on Public Health. She has received the ADHA/Johnson & Johnson Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene, the ADHA/Colgate Irene Newman Professional Achievement Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the UNM School of Medicine, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Old Dominion University, School of Dental Hygiene in Norfolk, Virginia; Outstanding Alumni Award from Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and the Distinguished Alumni Award in Dental Hygiene from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and most recently the Old Dominion University 40th Anniversary Outstanding Educator's Award.

Oral Pathology and Radiology

Kristina Okolisan-Mulligan RDH, BS, MA, earned her Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Education at the University of Detroit Mercy. Kristina has been teaching at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry for 22 years, lecturing in General Pathology, Oral Pathology, Radiology, Evidence Based Dental Hygiene Care, and Board Review to dental hygiene students. Kristina Okolisan is course director in Management of Evidence Based Dental Hygiene Care and co-directs Radiology and the Radiographic Interpretation course. Kristina also lectures and teaches didactic and clinical radiology to pre-doctoral dental students, graduate students, and dental hygiene students. She has been the recipient of many Outstanding Faculty Awards given by both dental and dental hygiene students.

Ms. Okolisan’s interests include assessing clinical competency with the development of portfolio, where she serves as the Clinical Competency Advisor to the dental hygiene students. Her research interests include emerging methodologies and educational research in radiology. Kristina co-authored a chapter on Oral Pathology for an upcoming text Dental Hygiene: Application to Clinical Practice, and was also a contributing editor for “Modern Hygienist” where her column “Pathways” includes her favorite topics in pathology and radiology.

Kristina Okolisan-Mulligan is the past Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Section Chair for the American Dental Education Association, and also a member of: American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology, Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honor Society, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and Michigan Association of Dental Hygiene Educators.

Clinical Dental Hygiene

Jennifer Pieren, RDH, MS, is a faculty member at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Before that, she was an assistant professor at The Ohio State University and a faculty member at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. She has taught all levels of clinical dental hygiene, including clinical radiology and pre-clinic. She also teaches several laboratory and didactic classes, including medical dental emergencies, periodontics, local anesthesia and pain control, dental materials and dental hygiene research. Ms. Pieren has published research on the use of automated external defibrillators in the dental setting and social media, and she was a previous runner up of the DENTSPLY/ADHA Graduate Student Clinicians Program. Ms. Pieren received her associate degree in dental hygiene and her bachelor’s degree in allied health from Youngstown State University and her master’s degree in dental hygiene education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association and Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honor Society.

Periodontology and Case Studies

Diana Aboytes, RDH, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Medicine at the University of New Mexico. She teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of the curriculum. Her current didactic courses include clinic seminar, oral histology and embryology, periodontology, and dental health education, however she has taught a variety of other courses in the dental hygiene program, including medical emergencies, current issues in dental hygiene and local anesthesia & nitrous oxide administration. She serves as the senior clinic coordinator as well as the coordinator for the school-based dental clinics. Diana was a recipient of the UNM’s Apple for the Teacher Award, an award demonstrating excellence in teaching. She has authored chapters in Primary Preventive Dentistry and Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist.
Diana has practiced dental hygiene in a variety of clinical settings over the past 12 years having a focus in periodontics. She is a current member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the New Mexico Dental Hygiene Association, the American Dental Education Association and Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society.


Thomas Viola, RPh, CCP., is a registered pharmacist and pharmacy consultant as well as an educator, professional speaker and published writer. He is a member of the faculty of the dental hygiene programs at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Penn., Manor College in Jenkintown, Penn., Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ., Burlington County College in Pemberton, NJ. and Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ. As an educator, Mr. Viola has instructed dental hygiene students in pharmacology and anatomy and physiology and has provided many professional board review courses. As a professional speaker, he has presented numerous continuing education courses on pharmacology and local anesthesia to practicing dental professionals nationally and internationally. As a published writer, he is a regular contributor to several dental and dental hygiene professional journals, including RDH magazine and AGD Impact.

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99% of students selected ADHA’s online board review course because they wanted the flexibility of an online course and liked how it was spread out over four weeks. 97% believed each week the faculty explained the concepts clearly in an organized way. And, 91% stated the hard copy study guide contributed to their success in this online course.

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Technical requirements

CE Webinar™ and the technology it employs is designed to be compatible with the vast majority of users, particularly those using the PC and Macintosh platforms. All registrants are responsible for testing their personal computers for individual configuration and Internet compatibility issues before registering for the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam Review Course.

Please review CE Webinar™ Technical Requirements before registering for the course.

Mac Users

Macintosh users must use the audio streaming option by clicking on the Audio Link for Mac Users listed under the Course URL of the COURSE ACCESS INFORMATION section or the telephone option by dialing in and listen to the audio portion. VoIP/Computer audio is not supported on the Web-based meeting console OR the recorded lectures.

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