Licensure is a means of protecting the public from unqualified individuals and unsafe practice. Steps required to earn a license (in most states) include graduation from an accredited Dental Hygiene Program; successful completion of the written National Board Dental Hygiene Examination; successful completion of a clinical regional or state board examination; and written state law examination.
Students are eligible to sit for these examinations during the 5th and final semester of the curriculum. Licensure to practice Dental Hygiene in the State of Ohio is regulated by the Ohio State Dental Practice Act and administered by the Ohio State Dental Board.
Sinclair Community College's accreditation was renewed with an "unconditional approval" following a site visit by the American Dental Association in 2006. This accreditation is valid through 2013.