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.
New York University offers 2 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 69 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist students graduated with students earning 54 Associate's degrees, and 15 Bachelor's degrees.
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor offers 4 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 40 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist students graduated with students earning 37 Bachelor's degrees, and 3 Master's degrees.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers 2 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 38 Dental Hygiene/Hygienist students graduated with students earning 37 Bachelor's degrees, and 1 Certificate.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|New York University New York, NY||17 : 1||52,885|
|University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI||12 : 1||48,090|
|University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI||17 : 1||17,490|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC||18 : 1||29,877|
|Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN||58 : 1||7,592|
|Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX||24 : 1||68,726|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA||23 : 1||47,576|
|Allen College Waterloo, IA||15 : 1||656|
|Creighton University Omaha, NE||16 : 1||8,821|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA||23 : 1||29,757|
|Lewis University Romeoville, IL||28 : 1||6,359|
|Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ||22 : 1||50,173|
|Augusta University Augusta, GA||19 : 1||8,650|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN||21 : 1||51,327|
|University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA||22 : 1||48,321|
|Texas Woman's University Denton, TX||35 : 1||15,886|
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, TX||14 : 1||5,317|
|Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, OH||27 : 1||61,391|
|University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque, NM||24 : 1||22,729|
|Minnesota State University-Mankato Mankato, MN||29 : 1||14,325|