Dental Hygiene/Hygienist programs prepare individuals to clean teeth and apply preventive materials, provide oral health education and treatment counseling to patients, identify oral pathologies and injuries, and manage dental hygiene practices. Includes instruction in dental anatomy, microbiology, and pathology; dental hygiene theory and techniques; cleaning equipment operation and maintenance; dental materials; radiology; patient education and counseling; office management; supervised clinical training; and professional standards.
Of the 5,647 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degrees granted each year at the Associates degree level, 5% percent of whom are men and the other 95% percent are women. Did you know that California has more students being awarded a degree in Dental Hygiene/Hygienist than any other state in the US? In fact, California granted 551 degrees last year! The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene/Hygienist is $65,400.
Pennsylvania College of Technology, West Liberty University and the University of Bridgeport are three schools well-known for Dental Hygiene/Hygienist programs. In fact, around 33 Pennsylvania College of Technology students are pursuing a Associates degree in Dental Hygiene/Hygienist. Take a look at the college options in the table below.