Dental Hygienist Programs

While searching for dental hygienist programs, you will no doubt come across a multitude of training options. From certificate programs to degree programs in dental hygiene, there are many training paths available. Any of these dental hygienist programs will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills needed to begin your career.

However, you will have to take some time to learn more about a specific program before enrolling to make sure it will help you achieve your career goals. For more information about the different dental hygienist training options available, take a look at the list of open programs below.

Dental Hygienist 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.

  • Mesa
  • Dental Hygiene

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.

  • Brentwood
  • Dental Hygiene

Concorde Career College

We believe hands-on experience is the best way to learn. And at Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed - and get you into the workforce quickly.

Even in today’s economy, the demand for skilled healthcare professionals shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career Guide to Industries (2010-2011 Edition), the healthcare industry will generate .2 million in new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016 - more than any other industry.

Now’s a great time to get started - and to move toward a rewarding healthcare career.

  • Kansas City
  • Memphis
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • Dental Hygiene - (AAS)
  • Dental Hygiene - (AS)

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.

  • San Jose
  • Sacramento
  • Dental Hygiene

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.

  • Ontario
  • Dental Hygiene

Lincoln College of New England

The 21st century economy has become less about jobs and more about skills. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or you want to advance or change your career, Lincoln College of New England offers degree programs for the most in-demand careers, as well as internships where you gain first-hand knowledge and experience in your career field.

We’re a small college and our unique approach to education provides the academic and personal support you need to be successful. Lincoln graduates have an excellent reputation among employers-business, industries, health care services, and professional offices are anxious to hire our graduates. Twenty six percent of full time, first time in college freshmen entering Lincoln in the fall 2005 graduated with an associate’s degree within three years.

  • Southington
  • Dental Hygiene

About Dental Hygienist Training

Depending on the dental hygienist program you enroll in, you may engage in a brief, highly career-focused curriculum, or you may complete a mix of dental hygienist career courses and general education subjects.

If you enroll in a dental hygienist certificate program, your training will be more focused and can usually be completed within a year. Dental hygienist certificate training programs are more geared for students who already hold a degree in another field.

If you enroll in an associate’s degree program, you will receive a basic general education along with your dental hygienist course content. These programs are designed for students with little or no postsecondary education.

Private dental offices typically prefer dental hygienists who have graduated from one of these two types of dental hygienist programs. However, if you plan to work in a clinical practice or would like to take part in research, you will encounter a different level of dental hygienist education. A bachelor’s or master’s degree may be required. These types of dental hygienist programs typically last several years and will involve a full roster of coursework beyond classes strictly related to the dental hygienist field.

Becoming a Licensed Dental Hygienist

After graduating from one of the dental hygienist training programs above, you will still need to become a licensed dental hygienist. Besides Alabama, every state in the country requires dental hygienists to become licensed in addition to earning a degree from a dental hygienist program.

While earning a degree or a certificate is a part of the licensing process, you will be required to pass a written and practical examination in order to become licensed. Some dental hygienist programs may offer training courses and practice exams to prepare you for this part of the process. Contact schools for more information while you are exploring your options.

Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.

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