You’ve always enjoyed being around people and consider yourself to have excellent interpersonal and communication abilities. You’re patient, give attention to detail, and have impressive manual dexterity. If this sounds like you, the Dental Hygiene program will likely be a good fit for you.
Dental hygienists play an important role by performing procedures such as cleanings and taking X-rays as well as by putting patients at ease and attending to them throughout their time in the dentist’s office.
With a curriculum designed to prepare you to meet the professional and legal requirements of this in-demand career, the Dental Hygiene programs at Carrington College® and Carrington College® California work to:
- Help you meet the needs of potential hygienist employers
- Prepare you for the legal and professional challenges of this career
- Gain an understanding of ethical standards
- Give you the tools and knowledge necessary to take the Dental Hygiene National Board and state licensing exams
A refreshing start in the Dental Hygiene industry
It’s nice to know the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that dental hygiene will be one of the fastest growing occupations this decade. Employment of Dental Hygienists is expected to grow 38% from 2010 to 2020.*
Dental Hygienists salaries can vary depending on factors including the type and location of practice, whether the work is full-time or part-time, and the level of experience. The latest Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) issued by the BLS stated that nationally the median annual wage for a dental hygienist was $69,280 in May 2011. The middle 50% earned between $56,950 and $83,310. The lowest earning 10% were paid an average of $46,020 and the highest 10% earned an average of $94,850.*
Make a clean break to a new career in our Dental Hygiene program
As a student pursuing your Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care. We’re committed to helping you develop professional communication skills with physicians, colleagues and patients. Upon successfully completing the Dental Hygiene program, you can work in private dental offices, health departments, private and public clinics and hospitals.
Our Dental Hygiene program is a composite of approximately 40% lecture, 40% clinic and 20% laboratory. Within these formats, here are some examples of the areas of study that will be covered:
- Gross anatomy and physiology of the human body
- Anatomy of the teeth, head and neck
- Embryology and histology
- Clinical dental hygiene
- Dental Radiography
Although this may seem like a large amount of material to cover, all of it is significant in helping to prepare you for success in your future career. The Dental Hygiene program is focused on helping you gain skills and confidence you can utilize to:
- Observe patients’ oral abnormalities and record problems
- Offer periodontal therapies such as plaque or stain removal
- Take oral X-rays and apply fluoride and fissure sealants
- Communicate with your patients and colleagues in a knowledgeable and professional manner
- Apply dental hygiene research advances to the oral care you provide
To learn more about educational and career opportunities as a dental hygienist, contact one of our Enrollment Services Representatives.