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Dental Hygienist Schools and Colleges

An associate's degree is typically the minimum educational requirement to become a dental hygienist. However, aspiring dental hygienists can earn a certificate, bachelor's degree, or master's degree in dental hygiene in preparation for their career. A certificate or associate's degree is sufficient to work in a private dental office. If you think you might want to pursue a career in research, teaching, or clinical practice you'll need to earn a bachelor's or master's degree.

Aspiring dental hygienists should complete math, chemistry, and biology classes while in high school. Students in certain dental hygiene programs must complete a year of college prior to being admitted to a program. Each school has different application requirements.

Dental hygienist programs typically provide classroom, clinical, and laboratory instruction. Hygienists are required to complete periodontology (gum disease), radiography, nutrition, physiology, anatomy, and nutrition classes.

Below you'll find a comprehensive directory of dental hygienist schools listed by state.

  Dental Hygienist Schools and Colleges by State
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