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 114 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degrees granted each year at the Masters degree level, 7% percent of whom are men and the other 93% percent are women. Did you know that Virginia has more students being awarded a degree in Dental Hygiene/Hygienist than any other state in the US? In fact, Virginia granted 36 degrees last year! The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene/Hygienist is $65,400.
MCPHS University, Old Dominion University and the University of Bridgeport are three schools well-known for Dental Hygiene/Hygienist programs. In fact, around 20 MCPHS University students are pursuing a Masters degree in Dental Hygiene/Hygienist. Take a look at the college options in the table below.
The highest paying career for Dental Hygiene/Hygienist majors is Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary. But, something else to think about is how many job openings there currently is. A career that is in high need that a degree in Dental Hygiene/Hygienist can prepare you for is Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary.