Dental hygienists are professionals who perform a variety of tasks, including examining patients' gums and teeth, cleaning patients' teeth and teaching patients how to practice proper oral hygiene. In order to become a dental hygienist, students must complete an accredited dental hygiene program and pass a state certification exam. Several top-ranked national universities offer dental hygiene degrees. Read on to learn more about the options at the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan and see a list of other good school possibilities.
1. University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA
|School Highlight: Dental hygiene students can receive hands-on experience through the school's mobile dental clinics.|
The USC School of Dentistry offers several undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs related to oral healthcare, including a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. The school also features graduate opportunities, such as a Master of Science program for dental hygienists who want to continue their education and a B.S. in Dental Hygiene/Doctor of Dental Science (D.D.S.) dual degree program.
2. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI
|School Highlight: Dental hygiene students can participate in the university's chapter of the dental hygiene honor society.|
Founded in 1875, the University of Michigan (UM) School of Dentistry offers several dental hygiene degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene. An online bachelor's degree completion option is also available for students who currently hold an associate's degree in dental hygiene.
Top Dental Hygiene Degree Programs
|Ohio State University - Main Campus||Students at Ohio State can earn a bachelor's degree or master's degree in dental hygiene; a flexible degree completion option is also available||Columbus, OH|
|University of Maryland - Baltimore||Offers the only dental hygiene bachelor's degree in the state; a master's degree program is also available here||College Park, MD|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Offers dental hygiene certificates and master's degrees as well as the state's only dental hygiene bachelor's degree program||Chapel Hill, NC|
|University of Oklahoma - Norman||Two years of dental hygiene studies follow two years of foundational coursework, culminating in a bachelor's degree||Norman, OK|
|University of Tennessee||Offers an ADA-accredited B.S. in Dental Hygiene as well as an online master's degree||Knoxville, TN|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Two years of liberal arts studies are followed by two years of dental science courses in this 4-year bachelor's degree program for dental hygiene||Richmond, VA|