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Prepare for a job as a dental hygienist in less than two years.  Graduates are prepared to take the Dental Hygiene National Board, as well as state or regional clinical licensing examinations*

At a Glance

  • Earn an Associate Degree and prepare for licensure in less than 2 years

  • Hands-on training in dental hygiene

  • Offered at four locations in AZ, CA, and ID

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Carrington College’s dental hygienist training program helps students develop the skills needed to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care. Additionally, students learn professional communication skills and knowledge of ethical standards and behavior. Students learn to analyze and apply advances in research to dental hygiene care. We encourage our students to participate in and provide leadership in community activities that promote optimal oral health. 

Upon completion of the Dental Hygiene program, graduates will be able to:  

  • Deliver comprehensive dental hygiene care to patients in a variety of professional settings via the DH process of care
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and professionalism

Program Outcomes

In Carrington College’s Dental Hygiene program, the combination of classroom work and hands-on training can give you the skills you need to succeed as a dental hygienist. Our program is built to give you the information and experience you need to be able 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
  • Apply dental hygiene research advances to the oral care you provide
  • Educate patients on good oral hygiene practices

Programs at Carrington College take as little as two years to complete. Students who graduate from Carrington College’s Dental Hygiene program are prepared to take the Dental Hygiene National Board, as well as state or regional clinical licensing examinations. Licensure qualifications may vary by state.*

*The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

Campus Locations

We’re proud to offer comprehensive dental hygiene education at four locations. 

Boise, Idaho

Mesa, Arizona

Sacramento, California

San Jose, California

To learn more about how you can attend Carrington’s Dental Hygiene program, request more information.

Career Opportunities

The job outlook for dental hygienists is incredibly strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental hygienists is expected to increase 11% between 2018 and 2028. This is much faster than the average for all occupations.1 In 2018, the national median pay for dental hygienists was $74,820 per year or $35.97 per hour.   For detailed regional information please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292021.htm#st .  And there are some reasons for this growth, including:

  • Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services.
  • Cosmetic dental services have become increasingly popular. This trend is expected to continue as technologies allow for less invasive, faster procedures.
  • As the large baby-boom population ages and people retain more of their original teeth than previous generations did, the need to maintain and treat those teeth will continue to drive demand for dental care.

Dental hygienists work in a variety of settings, though most work in dental offices. Other places dental hygienists work include community health clinics and public health agencies. According to the BLS, many dental hygienists work part-time, instead of full-time, which means the job affords more flexibility1.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Student Life at Carrington College

We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed.

Student Finance

From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid2.

Tutoring and Study Groups

For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.

Fixed Tuition Promise

How would you like to know what you’re going to pay, right from the beginning? We promise your tuition won’t change through the length of your program. It’s our commitment to you3.

Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork

Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.

Career Services

After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, 415 506 0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at http://www.accjc.org/.

The Dental Hygiene programs at the Boise, Mesa, Sacramento and San Jose campuses are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312 440 4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.

The Commission’s web address is: ada.org/en/coda.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation.

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Disclaimer

*The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Hygienists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm (visited December 13, 2019).  Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.
  2. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
  3. Fixed Tuition Promise is available for all Carrington College students who remain active and in good standing during the duration of their program. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from school and are not reinstated within 180 days of their last date of attendance are subject to a tuition increase. Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.