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What is a Dental Hygiene?

Dental hygiene is the area of education and practice that deals with the proper care and maintenance of one's oral cavity, including the gums and teeth. Individuals in this field are referred to as dental hygienists, and responsible for cleaning the oral cavity as well as identifying any ailments or disease that may be present. Additionally, dental hygienists provide education in the proper care and treatment of one's mouth in order to continue cleanliness at home.

Educational Requirements

Individuals interested in studying dental hygiene will typically earn a certificate or associates degree through a program that takes between one and two years to complete. This is the minimum requirement for most dental offices. Bachelor and master degrees are less common, though available, and are typically required for research potions, teaching positions, or for employment in certain programs or public schools.

A curriculum may include:

  •     Oral Communication
  •     Psychology
  •     Tooth Morphology
  •     Head and Neck Anatomy
  •     Nutrition

Employment Opportunities

Dental hygienists are typically employed in dental offices and work alongside dentists and dental assistants. They provide care and treatment for patients during routine cleanings. Hygienists must wear protective gear when working on patients or clients, and when working may have to spend extensive amounts of time on their feet. Many dental hygienists work part time, coming in for specific appointments. Some hygienists may work at multiple dental offices in order to maximize earnings. Employment for specialized programs or for research will be more competitive and difficult than those typically available at a dental office.

Job Growth, Salary and Related Fields

Job growth is expected to increase rapidly over the next decade as healthcare becomes more widely available and the need to maintain healthy teeth becomes more widespread. This combined with the growing amount of information that connects oral health to overall health means that hygienists will be in high demand. The average salary for dental hygienists is $68,000 annually, and is increased based on experience, education, location and hours worked.

Individuals interested in dental hygiene may also consider careers in dental assisting or dental laboratory technology.

Colleges that Offer Dental Hygienist by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have dental hygienist programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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St Petersburg College

Largo, FL

St. Petersburg College (formerly St. Petersburg Junior College) is a state college that ranks among the top 10 community colleges in the Nation. Formerly a two-year institution, it now offers both associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees through its University Partnership...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $3,172
  • Type: Community College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (727) 341-4772

Programs Offered

  • Dental Hygienist (A,B)
  • Healthcare Administration (A,B)
  • Hospital Administration (A,B)
  • Medical Records Technician (A,B)

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, WA

Eastern Washington University provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Cheney, Washington and publically funded. Approximately twelve thousand students are enrolled per year at EWU.Students may...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,933
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (509) 359-6200

Programs Offered

  • Speech and Language Pathology (B,M)
  • Dental Hygienist (B,M)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)
  • Athletic Training (B,M)

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

UB provides a variety of program options for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Bridgeport, Connecticut and operated as a private institution. Approximately five thousand students are enrolled yearly at UB.Here is a list of some of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $28,140
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (203) 576-4000

Programs Offered

  • Chiropractic (A,B,M)
  • Dental Hygienist (A,B,M)
  • Physician Assistant (A,B,M)

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is situated on a hilltop campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is a public research university with top research faculty and many nationally recognized academic programs. Some of the top WKU programs include journalism, business, education,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,472
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (270) 745-0111

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (A,B)
  • Communication Disorders (A,B)
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (A,B)
  • Dental Hygienist (A,B)

New York University

New York, NY

New York University's main campus is located in Greenwich Village. It is a private, non-sectarian, research university and the largest non-profit institution of higher learning in the US. Study abroad facilities are located in a wide variety of countries around the globe....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $43,204
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (212) 998-1212

Programs Offered

  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (A,B)
  • Dentistry (A,B)
  • Dental Clinical Sciences (A,B)
  • Dental Assistant (A,B)

West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV

West Liberty University provides a variety of degree programs for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in West Liberty, West Virginia and publically funded. Approximately two thousand students are enrolled per year at West Liberty University.A list...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $5,530
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (304) 336-5000

Programs Offered

  • Dental Hygienist (A,B)

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

Oregon Institute of Technology is a public institution located in Klamath Falls, OR and provides a large number of program options for students. Oregon Institute of Technology has an annual student enrollment of approximately 3,800.Students may pick from a few areas of study, including...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,852
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (541) 885-1000

Programs Offered

  • Dental Hygienist (A,B)
  • Healthcare Administration (A,B)
  • Medical Records Administrator (A,B)
  • Emergency Medical Technology (A,B)

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is one of three state universities in Arizona. It has a main campus located in Flagstaff, Arizona, and many statewide campuses and learning centers. NAU is a public, research university offering degrees at the bachelor's, master's and...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,272
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (928) 523-9011

Programs Offered

  • Speech and Language Pathology (B)
  • Dental Hygienist (B)
  • Athletic Training (B)

University of New England

Biddeford, ME

UNE is a nonprofit private university that has a large selection of majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Biddeford, Maine, in a predominately urban area. Enrollment at UNE is nearly 5,200 annually.Areas of study available at UNE include but are not...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $31,870
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (207) 283-0171

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (A,B)
  • Dentistry (A,B)
  • Dental Hygienist (A,B)
  • Physician Assistant (A,B)

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Boston, MA

About Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, located in Boston, Massachusetts, was founded in 1823, and is a private institution. The school was founded by fourteen pharmacists and holds...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $27,440
  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (617) 732-2800

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (B)
  • Dental Hygienist (B)
  • Nuclear Medical Technology (B)
  • Radiologic Technology (B)

Utah College of Dental Hygiene - Careers Unlimited

Orem, UT

Graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in only 20 months at Utah College of Dental Hygiene-Careers Unlimited! Since 2005, UCDH is an accredited private college which provides an accelerated and innovative 20-month dental hygiene education, the only one of its kind in...

School Details

  • Program Cost (Tuition & Fees): $49,395
  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (801) 426-8234

Programs Offered

  • Dental Hygienist (B)

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

FSU, a public institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Big Rapids, Michigan, the school offers a rural setting for students to study in. Approximately fourteen thousand students are enrolled annually at...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,354
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (231) 591-2000

Programs Offered

  • Dental Hygienist (A,B)
  • Healthcare Administration (A,B)
  • Medical Records Administrator (A,B)
  • Medical Records Technician (A,B)

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University (ODU) is a public research university located in Norfolk, Virginia. Designated as a "high-research-activity" university, the ODU researchers generate more than $80 million in annual funding through 400 or more research projects. Research...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,190
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (757) 683-3000

Programs Offered

  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B,M)
  • Dental Hygienist (B,M)
  • Nuclear Medical Technology (B,M)

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Vermillion, South Dakota and publically funded. USD has a yearly student enrollment of over 10,000.Here is a list of some of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,704
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (605) 677-5301

Programs Offered

  • Communication Disorders (A,B)
  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (A,B)
  • Dental Hygienist (A,B)
  • Hospital Administration (A,B)

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Lexington, KY

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), located in Lexington, Kentucky, is one of the fastest-growing two-year community and technical colleges in the state. The school is tasked with providing excellence in teaching and learning. Through various programs and...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $3,420
  • Type: Community College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (859) 246-6200

Programs Offered

  • Dental Hygienist (C,A)
  • Dental Laboratory Technology (C,A)
  • Medical Administration (C,A)
  • Medical Assistant (C,A)

Carrington College - Boise

Boise, ID

Carrington College is a system of schools owned and operated by DeVry Inc. through their acquisition of the U.S. Education Corporation. The schools are located throughout the Western United States, having in total 17 locations between Carrington College and Carrington College California. The...

School Details

  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (208) 377-8080

Programs Offered

  • Dental Assistant (A)
  • Dental Hygienist (A)
  • Medical Office Administration (A)
  • Medical Insurance Specialist (A)

University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, MI

University of Detroit Mercy is a nonprofit private institution located in Detroit, Michigan and provides a large number of program options for students. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $34,530
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (313) 993-1000

Programs Offered

  • Dentistry (A,B)
  • Dental Clinical Sciences (A,B)
  • Advanced General Dentistry (A,B)
  • Endodontics, Endodontology (A,B)

Apollo College - Portland Inc

Portland, OR

Carrington College is a system of schools owned and operated by DeVry Inc. through their acquisition of the U.S. Education Corporation. The schools are located throughout the Western United States, having in total 17 locations between Carrington College and Carrington College California. The...

School Details

  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (503) 761-6100

Programs Offered

  • Dental Assistant (A)
  • Dental Hygienist (A)
  • Medical Office Administration (A)
  • Medical Insurance Specialist (A)

San Joaquin Valley College - Visalia

Visalia, CA

San Joaquin Valley College is a privately owned system of school that has twelve locations throughout the state of California. The school was founded in 1977 and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Over the years SJVC has grown and expanded its offerings, providing...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $16,787
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (559) 651-2500

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (A)
  • Dental Assistant (A)
  • Dental Hygienist (A)
  • Pharmacy Technician (A)

Missouri College

Brentwood, MO

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $16,498
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (314) 768-7800

Programs Offered

  • Dental Assistant (A)
  • Dental Hygienist (A)
  • Healthcare Administration (A)
  • Medical Insurance Specialist (A)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.