Best Dental Hygiene/Hygienist colleges in Illinois 2021

Dental hygienists are required to be licensed in the state where they practice. Students must graduate from an accredited dental hygienist program and pass both a written and clinical examination to receive a dental hygienist certificate. A dental hygienist works closely with dentists and dental assistants. They prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret; remove tartar, stains and plaque from teeth; examine the gums and teeth to look for disease or oral abnormalities; and take x-rays and apply fluoride. Dental hygienists also educate dental patients on how to obtain and maintain excellent oral hygiene by showing them how to floss and brush correctly.

Oral radiology, dental materials, oral histology, oral biology, clinical techniques, clinical dental hygiene, nutrition, and head and neck anatomy are just a few courses that will prepare students to enter the field of dentistry. An associate degree will get you in the field, but a bachelor's or master's degree is usually required for individuals who want to enter research, teaching, or clinical practice in public health programs or in schools. There were more than 180,000 practicing dental hygienists in 2010, and the job outlook is expected to grow 38 percent by 2020.

Best Dental Hygiene/Hygienist colleges in Illinois for 2021

Lewis University
Romeoville, IL

Lewis University offers 1 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 6 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist students graduated with students earning 6 Bachelor's degrees.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offers 2 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 37 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist students graduated with students earning 37 Bachelor's degrees.

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List of all Dental Hygiene/Hygienist colleges in Illinois

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Lewis University Logo Lewis University Romeoville, IL
5/5
28 : 1 6,359
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Logo Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL
3/5
18 : 1 11,695
Fox College Logo Fox College Bedford Park, IL
4/5
13 : 1 451
Lake Land College Logo Lake Land College Mattoon, IL
2/5
43 : 1 4,466
Carl Sandburg College Logo Carl Sandburg College Galesburg, IL
2/5
49 : 1 1,925
William Rainey Harper College Logo William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
3/5
67 : 1 13,477
Lewis and Clark Community College Logo Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey, IL
3/5
63 : 1 6,413
College of Lake County Logo College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
3/5
68 : 1 13,743
Rock Valley College Logo Rock Valley College Rockford, IL
3/5
48 : 1 6,092
Illinois Central College Logo Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
3/5
51 : 1 8,749
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Logo City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Chicago, IL
3/5
65 : 1 6,997
College of DuPage Logo College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
3/5
87 : 1 23,903
Prairie State College Logo Prairie State College Chicago Heights, IL
3/5
49 : 1 3,843
Parkland College Logo Parkland College Champaign, IL
3/5
41 : 1 6,510
John A Logan College Logo John A Logan College Carterville, IL
2/5
54 : 1 3,744

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