Dental Hygiene

Hygienists help dentists provide care and offer preventative knowledge that supports oral health. Students train in a state-of-the-art clinic, developing technical and patient-care skills. Upon completion of this program, you will be ready to take regional and national dental hygienist licensing exams.

Accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA/Commission). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United State Department of Education and its scope encompasses dental programs, advanced dental programs, and allied dental education like dental hygiene. The American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611, 800-621-8099; www.ada.org/en/coda ).

Job Titles & Career Information

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  • Dental Hygienists

    Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

    Hourly Wage: $36.42

    Currently Employed: 1282

    Projections:

    1282 people are employed as Dental Hygienists. This number is expected to increase by 11.7% over the next four years.

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  • Dental Assistants

    Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

    Hourly Wage: $19.3

    Currently Employed: 2688

    Projections:

    2688 people are employed as Dental Assistants. This number is expected to increase by 10.04% over the next four years.

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