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Advancing with Dental Hygienist Schools

Dental hygienist schools are all over the country.  Those seeking additional training after high school to find better opportunities and higher salaries in their field can look into vocational or four-year colleges to find certification, degrees or licenses to help them find the right position.  In fact, prospects can earn a two-year associate’s degree through a community or technical college.  However, a bachelor’s degree from a four-year school will sometimes reap the greatest rewards in terms of salary but may be more suited for someone looking to pursue research, clinical practice, administration or teaching rather than private practice.

At the very least, someone looking into dental hygienist schools will need a high school diploma or GED.  He or she must have taken courses in biology, chemistry, English and math resulting in a C average.  He or she must also be at least 18 with good scores from a college entrance exam.  Those who make it to a bachelor’s program will need to have two years prerequisite work in various parts of the humanities such as biology, chemistry, English, nutrition, psychology, sociology and speech before they can enroll in a program.

The process is still not done when one graduates from an accredited program.  The prospective hygienist must receive a license from the state in which he or she will practice.  In addition to graduating from an accredited program, he or she must take and pass both clinical and written exams.  The region or state will provide its own clinical exam.  However, the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination is administered by the American Dental Association’s own national organization.

There are many online and campus programs that offer degrees and certification to get on started in the field.  For example, online Kaplan University offers an AAS in medical office management and an advanced start BS in health science.  Prospective students can also look into programs at traditional campuses such as the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, the Medical College of Georgia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Dentistry and NHTI, Concord’s Community College.