Best Dental Hygiene/Hygienist colleges in Washington 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 Washington for 2021

Eastern Washington University offers 4 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 49 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist students graduated with students earning 46 Bachelor's degrees, and 3 Master's degrees.

University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers 1 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city.

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List of all Dental Hygiene/Hygienist colleges in Washington

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Eastern Washington University Logo Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
2/5
27 : 1 12,410
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Logo Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland, WA
2/5
45 : 1 3,620
Columbia Basin College Logo Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
2/5
54 : 1 7,280
Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Logo Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
2/5
73 : 1 6,195
Yakima Valley College Logo Yakima Valley College Yakima, WA
2/5
34 : 1 4,650
Pima Medical Institute-Seattle Logo Pima Medical Institute-Seattle Seattle, WA   23 : 1 577
Shoreline Community College Logo Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA
2/5
46 : 1 5,884
Clark College Logo Clark College Vancouver, WA
2/5
50 : 1 9,233
Seattle Central College Logo Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
2/5
41 : 1 6,743
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Logo University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
3/5
23 : 1 47,576
Bellingham Technical College Logo Bellingham Technical College Bellingham, WA
2/5
38 : 1 2,325

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