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.

Dental Hygienist Schools 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

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.

  • Sacramento
  • Dental Hygiene

Sanford-Brown Institute

Sanford-Brown can help prepare you for a rewarding career in health and dental care, business, paralegal, criminal justice or information technology. With nearly 20 campuses in the Sanford-Brown Institute and Sanford-Brown College divisions, selecting a school that suits your particular career training and education needs is easy.

  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • 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.

  • San Antonio
  • San Bernardino
  • Dental Hygiene - (AAS)
  • Dental Hygiene - (AS)

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

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