Field of Study: Dental Hygiene
Dental hygiene programs teach people to clean and protect patients' teeth.
Dental hygiene programs include topics such as:
- Dental anatomy, microbiology, and pathology
- Cleaning equipment operation and maintenance
- Dental materials
- Patient education and counseling
- Office management
- Professional standards
During the final year of your dental hygiene program, you complete an internship. During this period, you work with patients under the supervision of a dental hygienist.
Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in dental hygiene. Both degree programs usually take two years of full-time study to complete.
Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.
Several universities offer graduate degrees in dental hygiene. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree.