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Northeast Regional Board (NERB)

Dental Hygiene NERB Information

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Dental Hygiene NERB Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Candidates will meet at noon at the First Floor Waiting Room.
Click here for all information reviewed during the tour.

The Dental Hygiene NERB Exam is scheduled for Thursday, May 1, 2014.


  • Park in the "VISITOR" section of the Palmer Drive Parking Structure
  • Convene in the first floor waiting room at 12:00 noon.
  • Tours will take place on the second floor in the BLUE clinic.
  • Gary Sweier or Jane McDougall will be conducting the tour.
  • External candidate facility fees are $150.00 and are paid at Dental Stores in the basement of the Dental School.


See the School of Dentistry website for visitor parking information, driving directions and maps.


Due to scheduled University and local events we suggest you call in advance to make reservations if you plan on staying in Ann Arbor over night prior to the examination. These are just a few of the many hotels in the Ann Arbor area. For additional hotel information: Trip Advisor/Ann Arbor Hotels.

Central Campus
Campus Inn, 615 E.  Huron St., (734) 769-2200 (2 blocks from the school)
Michigan League, 911 N. University, 734) 764-3177 (across the street from the school)
Bell Tower Hotel, 300 South Thayer Street, (734) 769-3010

Other Local Accommodations
Motel 6, 3764 S. State Rd., (734) 665-9900 (3 miles from school)
Red Roof Inn, 3621 Plymouth Rd, (734) 996-5800  (4 miles from school)
Hampton Inn North, 2300 Green Rd., (734) 996-4444 (4 miles from school)
Comfort Inn, 2455 Carpenter Rd., (734) 973-6100  (3 miles from school)

Visiting Ann Arbor
The City of Ann Arbor has many points of interest from shopping and restaurants to the vibrant University campus.  The Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce website is an excellent tool to use for planning your visit.


External dental hygiene candidates participating in the Northeast Regional Board Clinical Examination at this site are assessed a $150.00 facility fee.

The facility fee must be paid at least 3 days prior to the start of the exam.  External candidates will not be allowed to start the exam until their facility fee has been paid in full. 

Payment of the facility fee can be made either in person during a site visit or over the telephone and is accepted at Dental Stores located in the basement of the Dental Building. Mastercard, Visa, Discover Card and American Express are accepted.  No personal checks.

Contact Dental Stores by dialing (734) 764-1551.

In addition to the facility fee, all external candidates who plan on utilizing instrumentation belonging to the School of Dentistry will complete a contract for loan instruments and leave a $500.00 security deposit (typically pre-authorized from your credit card).


Candidates should furnish their own handpieces, instruments and cavitron when possible.

All items (W&H high-speed, STAR slow-speed, Midwest RDH handpiece, amalgamator, curing light, cavitron, cavitron tips - S, R, L, BT, burs, instruments, etc.) are available from the dispensing desk.  We are happy to provide these items to you for use but encourage external candidates to bring their own equipment and materials only because it is what they are most familiar with using.

Blood pressure cuffs are available from the dispensary upon request.

Consumable products necessary for the exam to include gloves, masks, saliva ejectors, prophy materials and restorative materials are stocked into the cubicle.

Additional consumable products and materials needed for the examination are available from the dispensing desk.  See a complete list of items available from dispensing.

Disposable air water syringe tips are stocked into the cubicle along with saliva ejectors and HVE tips.

All supplies for the manikin portion of the NERB exam including the metal helmet and rubber mask are also provided.

IMPORTANT:  It will not be necessary for candidates to send instruments or the metal bracket tray from the dental unit with your patient to the grading area.  The School of Dentistry will supply these items to the NERB.


Each dental chair has an operator stool.  Assistant stools are available throughout the clinic.  All dental chairs are equipped with an A-dec air/water syringe, a saliva ejector and HVE.

The dental chair has a touch pad for adjusting the height and position of the chair.  The water connection for ultrasonic scaling units is located on the base of the dental chair below the back of the chair. 

The dental light and bracket tray swivels to either the left or right side of the chair to accommodate the provider.

The dental unit contains one dedicated fiber-optic line for high-speed, and one dedicated single line non-fiber optic for low-speed.

Damage or loss of University property will result in appropriate deduction of the cost of the item(s) from the candidates security deposit.  If the amount owed exceeds the amount of the security deposit the candidate will be responsible for paying the difference.

Cubicle Setup


All instruments and equipment procured from the dispensing desk must be returned immediately after conclusion of the examination.

Items used for patient care must be returned to the “contaminated delivery window” of the dispensing area.

Providers will be requested to wipe down all blue totes, amalgamators, curing lights and ultrasonic scalers with a disinfectant towelette.


If you experience mechanical problems with your assigned dental unit during the exam, the School of Dentistry provides on-site repair service.  Repair technicians typically walk through the clinics during the exam.  If a repair technician is not readily available then proceed to the clinic telephone and follow the posted procedure for paging a repair person directly to your assigned cubicle.


Instrument sterilization services are available at the Central Sterilization Unit on the second floor.  Just take your instruments to the "contaminated instrument" delivery window at the dispensing desk and request your instruments to be sterilized.  It will take 1 hour to wash, bag and sterilize your instruments.

We highly recommend you have your instruments sterilized prior to leaving this site.


Each cubicle in the clinic is supplied with a spray bottle of Cavicide disinfectant and a canister of disinfectant towelettes. 

Cavicide spray is used to clean the large surface areas of the cubicle such as the counter-top, dental chair and operator stool.  The disinfectant towelettes are used to clean the surfaces of the cubicle not conducive to spray such as the light handles, switches, hose lines, drawer pulls, etc.  The towelettes should also be used to wipe down the amalgamator, curing light, cavitron unit and the tote they are stored in.

Barriers to include blue wrap, papers for the counter top, head rest covers, patient napkins with disposable napkin chains and large plastic sleeves for the bracket tray are located in each clinic.  Plastic sleeves for the saliva ejector and air/water syringe are located in the cubicle.  The plastic sleeves are secured to the air/water syringe and saliva ejector using an ortho elastic also provided in the cubicle.

Disposable safety glasses will be provided for your patient.  These are available at the dispensing desk.

Candidates not cleaning their work area after the exam will be reported to the NERB, assessed a "clean-up fee" by the School of Dentistry and appropriately billed $50.00 for this service. 


The dental building is open at 6:00 a.m. the day of the exam.

We ask that you enter and exit the dental building from the plaza (level "P") of the Fletcher Street parking structure. 

A staff person will be monitoring the plaza entrance to let all external NERB candidates into the building (on weekends only).

For security purposes the building is not unlocked during the day on weekends.


Dentistry and Dental Hygiene candidates are responsible to provide their own patients for the NERB exam. 

Upon their arrival at the school, all exam patients are asked to check-in at the information desk on the floor of the exam.

Candidates need to bring printed copies of their patient's x-rays to the exam.

Prior to the start of the exam, all NERB candidates are required to have their patient complete a consent form for patient treatment exclusive to the School of Dentistry.

This form is for School of Dentistry use only and is not part of the exam.

Place the completed form on top of the medicament cabinet.  The form will be picked up in your cubicle by a representative from the Office of Patient Services during the exam. 


There are many eateries in close proximity to the dental school.  Wendys is located across Fletcher Street in the basement of the Michigan League.  There are many restaurants located on State Street only 3 blocks from the school down North University Avenue.

Vending machines are located inside the dental building in the ground floor and basement cafeteria areas.