Dental Hygienist Degree Programs

Dental Hygienist Degree Programs

Dental hygienist degree programs are designed to provide the comprehensive background education and hands-on skill set dental hygienists need to perform in a dental office.

Most dental hygienist programs last around two years and grant an associate’s degree in dental hygiene upon completion. Different programs will offer different types of degree in addition to different types of coursework.

Dental Hygienist Degree Options

There are a few different levels of dental hygienist degree, each of which allows graduates to pursue a slightly different career path:

Associate’s Degrees - These degree programs take around two years to complete, and are intended to provide a more well-rounded education than lesser credentials such as certificates. An Associate degree provides essential dental hygiene knowledge with a few basic general education courses, and is usually sufficient for entry level employment as a dental hygienist.

Bachelor’s Degrees - These more advanced degrees take around four years to earn. Bachelor’s degree programs include more general education requirements along with career-specific courses that apply directly to dental hygiene. A bachelor’s degree is usually required for management and supervisory roles.

Master’s Degrees - Master’s degree programs in dental hygiene are more rare, and take around two additional years beyond a bachelor’s degree. These programs cover advanced topics in healthcare and dental hygiene, and are taken by those who want to teach, engage in dental hygiene research, or practice in school or public health systems.

A high school diploma or GED and a submission of college test scores is the usual requirement for admittance into a dental hygienist program.

Dental Hygiene Coursework

Although there are several different degree options available for those who wish to become dental hygienists, the various courses between different programs may be similar. Some of the courses you may encounter include:

  • Pathology
  • Radiography
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene
  • Histology
  • Microbiology

Becoming a Licensed Dental Hygienist

After earning your dental hygienist degree, there is one last step you must take before beginning your career; obtaining your dental hygienist license.

The licensing procedure for dental hygienists involves the successful completion of a written and a clinical examination. The written exam is administered by the American Dental Associations Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations and the clinical exam is administered by state and regional testing agencies. Alabama is the only state that does not require dental hygienists to take the written exam. Instead, applicants fulfill the requirements of the state’s Dental Hygiene Program.

Dental Hygienist Degree Programs Enrolling Now

Carrington College California

Now you can earn your associate degree and can get started in the career field you’ve always dreamed of more conveniently than ever by attending the online Campus of Carrington College California. Considered a leader in education, Carrington College California has a long history of helping students succeed in real world careers.

Campus
  • Sacramento
  • Citrus Heights
  • San Jose
  • Stockton
  • Pleasant Hill
  • San Leandro
Programs
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Assisting

Missouri College

For over 40 years, Missouri College in St. Louis, Missouri has given students the opportunity to obtain innovative, career-oriented training through our Business Administration, Health Care, and Massage Therapy program areas. We have helped prepare students for their initial journey into the workplace, as well as helped experienced professionals with career advancement.

Campus
  • Brentwood
Programs
  • Dental Hygiene

Carrington College

Welcome to Carrington College ®. With roots that date back nearly 35 years, Carrington College takes pride in having successfully shaped the careers of thousands of graduates who have entered allied health professions. Carrington College offers specialized certificate and associate degree programs that meet the needs of all students, regardless of educational background, age, skill level, ethnicity, or cultural orientation. Each Carrington certificate or associate degree program combines lecture and laboratory experiences to provide students with the appropriate education to pursue the health care profession of their choice. Our broad-based curricula help students develop effective critical-thinking and communication skills along with the key competencies needed for specialized employment. In addition, a Carrington College education instills students with a philosophy that values not only learning and professionalism, but also contribution and commitment to the community.

Campus
  • Mesa
Programs
  • Dental Hygiene

Vatterott College

At Vatterott, our job is not over after students enroll in one of our programs… it is just beginning. Vatterott’s professional Career Services Team is designed to provide students with the necessary tools and resources needed to put their career skills to use. *Career Services provides job search guidance, resume review, mock interviewing, resume referral, career fair opportunities, and more.

Campus
  • Des Moines
Programs
  • Dental Assistant Specialist

Eagle Gate College

With thousands of graduates along the Wasatch Front, Eagle Gate College is a leader in career-based education in Utah. In today’s job market, college graduates with career- specific skills are in demand. Eagle Gate College’s programs are developed with industry professionals who assist us with curriculum development and also recruit our graduates. You’ll receive hands-on learning in the classroom and online that proves your skills and reduces the need for on-the-job training. Degrees that get noticed, flexible courses, and accelerated programs are just a few of the things students love about Eagle Gate College.

Campus
  • Layton
  • Murray
Programs
  • Dental Assisting

San Joaquin Valley College

San Joaquin Valley College is an accredited private junior college committed to the professional success of its students and graduates. Founded in 1977, SJVC has campuses located throughout California - including an Online division - and offers a variety of accelerated Certificate and Associate of Science degree programs in the business, medical and technical fields. Students benefit from a balance of classroom instruction, hands-on training and learning the skills they need to go straight to work in today’s competitive job market.

Campus
  • Ontario
Programs
  • Dental Hygiene

Daymar Institute

Are you looking for a warm, friendly small-college atmosphere? You’ve come to the right place! Daymar Institute’s dedicated staff takes a personal interest in each student’s progress and upholds our values of respect and integrity. You can learn skills that are targeted to employers’ needs in a caring environment.

Campus
  • Murfreesboro
Programs
  • Dental Assisting

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