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Choosing dental hygienist schools

Your choice in dental hygienist schools is more than important – it is essential to attaining the education and training required to make the most of this career choice.

In order to become a fully certified dental hygienist, you’ll need to attend one of the many accredited dental hygienist schools. Thankfully, the number of schools around the nation and online has multiplied in recent years, giving you access to more options than ever before. However, you’ll still need to know what to look for in dental hygienist schools in order to make the best choice possible. What should you look for in a school for dental hygienists?  What sets one school apart from another?

What dental hygienist schools offer

The only way to ensure that you make the right choice in dental hygienist schools is to know what one should offer. First, look for a dental hygienist degree completion program. You'll want to be certain you are able to get your Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree or other certification. If you are re-entering school, you’ll need a solid re-entry program that helps you get up to speed on the developments since you left the field.

Advanced education from dental hygienist schools

While a wide range of dental hygienist schools offer Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees, some offer more advanced courses of studies. Consider going for a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene. It can provide you with excellent footing for a higher paying dental hygienist salary and more career options, as well.

Alternatives to on-site dental hygienist schools

Thanks to the popularity and convenience of online education, you will find that distance learning options exist even within dental hygienist schools.  However, care should be exercised when choosing an online education option. While these schools certainly allow you to set your own schedule, learn at your own pace and enjoy a more relaxed learning experience, not all of these schools are up to par.

Check that the online dental hygienist program you choose is accredited and recognized by industry leaders such as the ADA and the ADHA. Choosing a school that does not have this accreditation might leave you without the means to attain dental hygienist jobs.

Other resources for dental hygienist schools

Resources from the ADHA for dental hygienist schools

DAT (Dental Admission Test) information for dental hygienist schools

ADA information about dental hygienist schools

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