What is a RDHAP? In order to practice in settings outside a traditional dental office, a registered dental hygienist can pursue specialized training to obtain a specific license that certifies them as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP). These alternative settings may include schools, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, private homes, and in some instances their own RDHAP offices.
The RDHAP provides the same type of professional preventive care that patients would receive in a dental office, but enables a dental hygienist to deliver services at a location more convenient for the patient.
Watch one family's story highlighting how a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice helped them:
To learn more about RDHAP programs offered in California, click on the links below to access program information about the following schools.
California Northstate University
West Los Angeles College
University of the Pacific, San Francisco
View a list of RDHAPs serving Medi-Cal members: