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Dental Hygienist Schools & Education Programs

Dental hygienist schools offer courses and education programs designed to prepare students to enter the job market as professional dental hygienists, and to perform according to the typical dental hygienist job description. These schools may be campus-based, partially online or entirely online. They may offer associate’s degrees, certificates or diploma programs, and offer courses covering a wide variety of dental, science, and skill-related topics.

About Dental Hygienist Schools

Since employers in the dental field hold increasingly high standards for dental support personnel, completion of a formal dental hygienist education program is highly recommended before joining the workforce as a dental hygienist.

Most dental hygienist schools offer two-year associate’s degree programs, or one-year certificate programs. Some universities offer four-year bachelor’s degrees in the field as well, which includes significantly more education and may lead to stronger career opportunities. Generally, an associate’s degree is sufficient for practicing in a private dental practice as a dental hygienist.

Another school option dental hygienists may have is getting their education online from one of the online dental hygienist schools available. These programs typically offer the same course content as traditional dental hygienist schools, with the in-person learning experience substituted for online scheduling flexibility and greater affordability.

Entry Requirements for Dental Hygienist Schools

Although entry requirements for dental hygienist schools vary, most programs require that you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have obtained a high school diploma or a GED
  • Have taken some high school courses in math, biology, English, and chemistry
  • Maintained at least a “C” average in high school
  • Achieved satisfactory college entrance exam scores

In addition, many dental hygienist schools require that the applicant complete one year of college prior to admittance. This is more true for certificate programs, which build on existing postsecondary education.

Typical Courses in a Dental Hygienist Program

Although course requirements differ between dental hygienist schools, most programs offer core courses such as:

  • Dental Practices
  • Periodontology (gum disease)
  • Histology (tissue structure)
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene
  • Radiography

More advanced programs, which contain some general education course content, may also contain courses such as:

  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Sociology
  • Nutrition

You may see our page on dental hygienist courses for more information.

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PIMA Medical Institute

Find success with us at PIMA Medical Institute!

For 40 years, Pima Medical Institute has helped students change their lives, providing the training and education they need for careers in health care.

At Pima Medical Institute, we want you to succeed in the classroom and in your career. We are dedicated to providing you with quality education and hands-on experiences that help you become the type of medical professional who meets the expectations of today’s employers.
We offer certificate programs, associate degree programs and bachelor’s degree programs that fit your needs and your schedule. You can get the training you need to start your career in less than a year, earn your associate degree in less than two years, or take your career further by completing your bachelor’s degree.

You’ll take classes taught by instructors who worked in the fields they teach. You’ll get real-world experience before you graduate through externships at some of the local community’s most notable medical facilities.

When you graduate, you may find that your education, experience and professionalism will be preferred to those of your peers.

At Pima Medical Institute, your success is our success. We support you every step of the way, with financial aid available to those who qualify and career planning services to help you get the job you want

Programs vary by location.

Applicants for the Online Bachelor – Respiratory Therapy program must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and have completed a total of 71 semester credits of specific coursework at the post-secondary level by an accredited institution. Applicants must also be Registered Respiratory Therapists.

Pima Medical Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. For more information on accreditation, licensing, and approval information please visit:


Carrington College

Four Great Reasons To Choose Carrington


More than 80% of Carrington College students use some form on financial aid1 to help cover the cost of their education2. That’s why we offer personalized counseling from a Student Finance Advisor to help make your college experience more affordable.

1. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
2. Percentage calculated by Carrington College for the 2015-16 school year.


You want a hands-on career, and your Carrington College education will help get you there. From blood draws to x-rays, our courses are designed to let you practice your skills in the lab so you’ll be ready for your career when you graduate.


You can feel confident knowing your instructors are bringing years of real-world experience in to the classroom. Our qualified instructors are dedicated to helping prepare you for your future. They know what skills you’ll use in your career, and they’ll teach you what matters.


Carrington offers you the opportunity to practice your skills in the real-world before you graduate. Clinical rotations and externships are an important part of your education. You’ll get to learn from professionals in your chosen career field and make important connections for your future.

Institutional Accreditation
Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415)506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at


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