Nevada-based students interested in earning a degree as a dental hygienist may earn an associate's or bachelor's degree in the field. Both degree levels include general education coursework. The bachelor's degree offered in the state is an online degree-completion program designed for currently licensed hygienists seeking a four-year degree. Associate's degree programs in Nevada are limited admission and applicants must meet admission requirements, which may include prerequisite classes, program director approval, minimum GPA, CPR certification, and/or observation hours logged in the field. In addition to didactic coursework, students complete clinical experiences.
Currently, both public schools offer accredited dental hygiene programs. Below are short summaries of programs offered and a comparison table with each school's features and tuition information available at a glance.
College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada is located in Las Vegas and offers two dental hygiene programs. The 2-year dental hygiene program awards an Associate of Science and includes clinical sessions that take place at the campus dental clinic. Students need approval from the program's director after completing prerequisites and requirements to apply for admission. Completing this program will prepare students to sit for national and regional exams.
The second program is an online completion program designed for licensed dental hygienists that awards a Bachelor of Science. The 42-credit program offers concentrations in education or public health, and students can complete the program on a full- or part-time basis. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has accredited this program.
Truckee Meadows Community College
Located in Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College offers a 2-year dental hygiene program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and prepares students for state licensing. This limited admission program awards an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene. Admission requirements include the completion of prerequisite science and general education courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and 8 hours of documented dental office observation. Prior to beginning the program, students also need to hold current CPR certification.
Dental hygienists in all 50 states are required to be licensed for employment. In Nevada, licensure requires the completion of a dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, followed by successful passing of both clinical and written examinations. Nevada dental hygiene licenses are issued through the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Dental Hygiene Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|College of Southern Nevada||4-year, public; large city|| Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene,
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Completion Program
|$2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state*|
|Truckee Meadows Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene||$2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.