Dental Hygienist Certificate Programs

Dental hygienist certificate programs are designed to supplement an existing degree in order to pursue a career in dental hygiene. These programs are in contrast to dental hygienist degree programs, which are meant for students with little or no previous college education.

There are both traditional and online dental hygienist certificate programs available that are designed to teach the basic career skills of a dental hygienist. Unlike degree programs, you can earn a dental hygienist certificate in less than a year. Depending on the school you enroll in, you will complete a mix of dental hygienist courses and hands-on practice before earning your certificate.

Dental Hygienist Training

Dental hygienist certificate programs are offered at dental hygienist schools throughout the country, including junior colleges, career colleges, and other institutions. Your dental hygienist certificate program will include classroom learning as well as hands-on training that will allow you to hone the skills you will be using as a dental hygienist.

Most certificate programs include subjects such as anatomy, periodontology, nutrition, and other basics. In addition, you will spend time in laboratory and clinical settings practicing typical dental hygiene procedures in an environment similar to the kinds you work in.

Choosing a Dental Hygienist Certificate Program

Choosing the right certificate program is not always obvious. Here are a few things to consider as you shop around for dental hygienist education:

  • Program length. Some certificate programs last several months, and some last a year or more. Be sure you are picking a time frame you can handle.
  • Online or offline. While both types of program offer similar dental hygienist certificate courses, online training programs are completed remotely, offering more flexibility and affordability. However, you will trade off for less interaction with fellow students and professors.

After Earning a Dental Hygienist Certificate

Once you have finished a dental hygienist certificate program, you will still have one last step before beginning your career. In the United States, all dental hygienists are required to become licensed except those working in Alabama. In addition to the completion of a dental hygienist certificate program, you will need to pass a written licensing exam.

Depending on which certificate program you enroll in, your school may offer practice sessions to help prepare you for a future dental hygienist certification exam.

Dental Hygienist Certificate Programs Enrolling Now

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
  • Mesquite
Programs
  • Dental Assisting

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 Leandro
Programs
  • Dental Assisting

Heritage College

Every Heritage school (Heritage Institute & Heritage College) helps real people build real careers. Our schools offer programs and degrees for a career as an X-Ray Medical Technician®, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapist, Esthetician, Surgical Technologist, Personal Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, or Cosmetologist. Please note that all programs may not be offered at all schools.

Campus
  • Denver
  • Columbus
  • Wichita
Programs
  • Dental Assisting and Dental Radiology

Pinnacle Career Institute

When it comes to career training in today’s career fields, Pinnacle Career Institute strives to stand out from the rest. Whether it is our commitment to student success, our dedication to career training, or our striving to place students in their careers after they graduate, there are many things that make Pinnacle Career Institute different from other schools.

Campus
  • Lawrence
Programs
  • Dental Assisting

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