Dental HygienistDegree Program

Overview

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Dental Hygienist Program

If you recognize the importance of oral health and enjoy helping others, a career as a dental hygienist could be right for you. Offered at our Minneapolis Campus, you could prepare to join this growing field in 36 months or less, depending on transfer credits through our Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program.  Are you already a licensed dental hygienist? Our Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Bridge program gives you a path from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree by completing the equivalent of one additional year of advanced curriculum.

With Herzing, you also have a path to earn dental assisting and dental hygiene credentials in 4 years!

Whichever path you choose, as a graduate of Herzing University's dental hygienist program, you will be prepared to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam, Jurisprudence Exam, and the CRDTS Exam, which (upon successful completion) would provide you the opportunity to become a Licensed Dental Hygienist (LDH). 

Classes start November 26.
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Earn Dental Assisting & Dental Hygiene Credentials in 4 Years

Prepare to stand out in the job market! Through Herzing University's unique dental pathway, you have the option to earn your dental assisting qualification in as little as 24 months, then continue earning a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygience  while you work in your new career. 

  • Finish your dental assisting program with a 3.0 GPA or better and you could become eligible for a scholarship program that lets you earn both degrees for the cost of just the dental hygiene bachelor's degree.
  • Take advantage of priority enrollment into Herzing University's dental hygiene program with no waiting list!
  • Earn two qualifications in the same time other schools prepare you for only one.

 

Dental Hygiene Program

Earning My Dental Hygiene Degree From Herzing University

"To me having a small class size meant a lot. I went to a bigger university my first year, and I felt like I was drowning in a sea of students," says Micah Hallock.

Earning My Dental Hygiene Degree From Herzing University

Careers

A minimum of an associate degree in dental hygiene is generally required for practice in a private dental office. A bachelor's or master's degree usually is required for research, teaching, or clinical practice in public or school health programs. 

Dental hygienists remove soft and hard deposits from teeth, teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene, and provide other preventive dental care. They examine patients’ teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities and provide periodontal scaling and root planning. Hygienists may prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret. Hygienists sometimes work chair side with the dentist during treatment. 

 

Where do they work?

Dental hygienists work in a variety of settings including private practices, group practices, and community clinics. Flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of this job. Full-time, part-time, evening, and weekend schedules are widely available. Dentists frequently hire hygienists to work only 2 or 3 days a week, so hygienists may hold jobs in more than one dental office. More than half of all dental hygienists worked part-time – less than 35 hours a week. 

 

What is the job outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it ranks among the fastest growing occupations. The demand for dental services will grow because of population growth, older people increasingly retaining more teeth, and a growing focus on preventative dental care. To meet this demand, facilities that provide dental care, particularly dentists’ offices, will increasingly employ dental hygienists to perform services that have been performed by dentists in the past.

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Curriculum

Dental Hygiene Program Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

120 semester credit hours can typically be completed in 36 months. Transfer credits may allow for faster completion of this program.  View Program Course Sheet

Are you a licensed dental hygienist?

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene – Bridge program is open to licensed dental hygienists who have completed a CODA-accredited associate degree in dental hygiene. The goal of the program is to prepare students with the knowledge and higher-level skills to effectively lead, manage, and teach in the dental hygiene profession. 

The curriculum gives students a path from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree by completing the equivalent of one additional year of advanced curriculum. Students can choose to complete a practicum in dental hygiene education or clinical practice management.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Bridge

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What certification/licensure does this program prepare you for?

Dental hygienists must be licensed by the state in which they practice. Nearly all states require candidates to graduate from an accredited dental hygienist school and pass both a written and clinical examination. The American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations administers the written examination, which is accepted by all states and the District of Columbia. State or regional testing agencies administer the clinical examination. In addition, most states require an examination on the legal aspects of dental hygiene practice. Alabama is the only state that allows candidates to take its examinations if they have been trained through a state-regulated on-the-job program in a dental office.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Dental hygiene graduates will be prepared to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam, Jurisprudence Exam, and the CRDTS Examination, which (upon successful completion) would provide the graduate the opportunity to become a Licensed Dental Hygienist (LDH).

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Tommy MansMinneapolis

 I came to Herzing at the age of 23. I wanted to be able to go to school in just 2 years and be done. I knew that I did not want to do hard labor for the rest of my life, but that seemed to be where I was going. I always thought I was not smart enough for the dental hygiene program. However, that was not the case at all. My family, teacher and fellow students were a tremendous support.  I just needed to apply myself at Herzing, and it has paid off. I love it, and I love my job!