Top Colleges That Offer Dental Hygiene Degrees

Jan 02, 2019

Research the training needed to be a dental hygienist. Learn about degree programs, schools rankings and locations to make an informed education decision.

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Dental hygiene programs can be found at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels at many top-ranked schools across the country. Schools that offer these programs include the University of Southern California, Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan.

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. These schools were highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report. In this lesson, we'll explore the options at three schools and discover several other good school possibilities.

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.

USC ranked as #23 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of the top national universities. 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.

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 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. The school was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 4th-best public school in the country for 2017.

Ohio State University in Columbus, OH

School Highlight: 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.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State University as the 16th-best public school in the country. The bachelor's program offers three areas of specialization including dental hygiene education. Graduate students may complete a 37-hour program that is taught via distance learning. Only seven students are accepted to the master's program per year.

Top Dental Hygiene Degree Programs

Other top dental hygiene colleges include:

College/University Name Location Distinction
University of Maryland College Park, MD Offers the only dental hygiene bachelor's degree in the state; a master's degree program is also available here
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Offers dental hygiene certificates and master's degrees as well as the state's only dental hygiene bachelor's degree program
University of Oklahoma - Norman Norman, OK Two years of dental hygiene studies follow two years of foundational coursework, culminating in a bachelor's degree
University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN Offers an ADA-accredited B.S. in Dental Hygiene as well as an online master's degree
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Two years of liberal arts studies are followed by two years of dental science courses in this four-year bachelor's degree program for dental hygiene

A variety of options are available for students searching for a dental hygiene program, including online programs, different areas of specialization, and flexible schedules.

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