Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosures
Clark College offers many programs leading to professional licensure or professional
certification. These licenses are required to practice in the profession (ex. Licensed
Registered Nurses). This list contains only Clark College programs leading to required
licenses or certificates. It also includes the name of the license or certificate
and how it can be acquired.
Some professional licenses or certificates are granted at the national level, some are granted by individual states, and some require both national and state components. Each listing includes whether the program meets requirements for each state, does not meet requirements or has not yet been determined to meet requirements.
Dental Hygiene (BASDH)
Professional License -- Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH):
State of Washington Licensing Information Meets the Requirements for the Following States with taking the Western Regional Board Exam (WREB) and the additional state specific Drug and Law exam: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Meets the Requirements for the Following States with taking the Central Regional Dental Testing Services (CRDTS) and the additional state specific Drug and Law exam: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Not Yet Determined to Meet Requirements for the Following States: Washington DC, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont
Does Not Meet Requirements for the Following States: California
Graduates from the Clark College Dental Hygiene Program are required to pass six separate board exams to obtain a dental hygiene license in Washington State. The six board exams include:
- Dental Hygiene National Board Exam
- Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) or Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) Anesthesia Written Exam
- WREB or CRDTS Anesthesia Clinical Exam
- WREB or CRDTS Restorative Practical Exam
- WREB or CRDTS Patient-based Clinical Hygiene Exam
- Washington State Drug and Law Exam
Students who wish to obtain a Dental Hygiene License in Oregon must take four board exams for licensure:
- Dental Hygiene National Board Exam
- WREB or CRDTS Anesthesia Written Exam
- WREB or CRDTS Restorative Practical Exam (optional)
- WREB or CRDTS Patient-based Clinical Hygiene Exam OR
- Approved Dental Hygiene OSCE Exam
- Oregon State Drug and Law Exam
All students who successfully complete the program have all the required skills to take the listed board exams. Students who wish to pursue a license in any state other than Washington or Oregon need to check with the Board of Dentistry in that respective state.
Students must pass one of the following national certification examinations to obtain licensing in Washington state and to work in any other state. Washington is one of two states that requires clinical licensing. If the student successfully completes our accredited program and passes one of the national certification exams, they are employable in all states.
Successfully pass one of the following examinations within five years prior to submission of initial Department of Health (DOH) license application for Medical Assistant – Certified licensure:
- Certified Medical Assistant Examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
- Registered Medical Assistant Certification Examination through American Medical Technologists (AMT)
- Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Examination through the National Health Career Association (NHA)
- National Certified Medical Assistant Examination through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
- Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Examination through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)
State Licensure Requirements
In accordance with U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the associate degree nursing program at Clark College meets the state education requirements for a registered nursing license in the states of Washington. Oregon licensure requires, in addition, seven hours of pain management-related CE for licensure. Clark College has not determined if the associate degree nursing program at Clark College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Please contact the state regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed.
In Washington State, phlebotomists are required to have a license issued by the State Department of Health. In addition to this state licensure, students who complete the program are also eligible to apply for:
- National Phlebotomy Certification (American Society for Clinical Pathology [ASCP] Board of Certification
For students to practice phlebotomy/gain employment as a phlebotomist in the state of Washington they need to do the following:
- Complete the Phlebotomy Program
- Fill out an application through the Washington State Department of Health
- Pay a fee
There is no test required.
Students who complete the Clark College Phlebotomy Program can gain employment in most other states without obtaining an additional license, with the exception of California, Nevada, and Louisiana.
California: Students who complete the Clark College phlebotomy program are not eligible to obtain
a phlebotomy state license from California because they require completion of a PHLE
program that's been accredited by CA.
Nevada: Students who complete the Clark College Phlebotomy program AND obtain national certification are eligible to apply for state licensure in Nevada as a phlebotomist.
Louisiana: Students who complete the Clark College Phlebotomy program AND obtain national certification are eligible to apply for state licensure in Louisiana as a phlebotomist.
Students are encouraged to apply for national certification as this will enhance their application when applying for phlebotomy work in all states, specifically those that do not require a license. The national certification can be taken through multiple organizations; Clark College prepares students for the ASCP exam. Many clinical facilities will hire without graduates having taken the exam; however, the facilities may require the exam be taken within the first 6 months of employment.