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Several community colleges and universities in Michigan offer programs for aspiring dental hygienists. Most programs are offered at the associate degree level. A few schools also offer bachelor's degree programs, which are often degree completion programs for professionals who've already earned an associate degree in dental hygiene. Additionally, one school offers a master's degree that is designed for hygienists who would like to pursue relevant leadership or instructional roles. Programs typically combine lectures with lab work and clinical experiences. The ten schools profiled below all offer CODA-accredited dental hygiene programs.
Delta College is located in University Center and enrolls approximately 11,000 students. The school's Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program consists of 103-108 credit hours of study (depending on which general education classes are chosen). Core classes in this program cover dental case studies, dental anatomy, oral pathology, dental materials and other topics.
Ferris State University
Among the multiple programs offered by this university, located in Big Rapids, are two dental hygiene programs. The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program requires at least 82 credit hours of study. Classes cover topics such as oral imaging, pain management and oral pathology. The program's curriculum includes lab work and a practicum.
The dental hygiene AAS to BS (Bachelor of Science) degree completion program is designed for licensed dental hygienists who want to earn a bachelor's degree. Program coursework includes subjects like gerontology in dental hygiene, epidemiology and health promotion. Students in the program also complete a practicum and capstone course.
Grand Rapids Community College
This community college, located in Grand Rapids, requires students to complete 76 credit hours of study to earn the Associate in Applied Arts and Science in Dental Hygiene. Classes in the program include topics such as community dental health, dental hygiene pharmacology and local anesthesia. The program consists of five semesters, including one summer semester, and includes pre-clinical and clinical courses.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kalamazoo hosts this community college that serves about 11,000 students each year. It offers an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program that requires of a minimum 76 credit hours of study. Students in this program complete coursework in dental radiography, oral pathology and pain management. They also complete several clinical experiences.
Kellogg Community College
Located in Battle Creek, Kellogg Community College offers multiple associate's degree and certificate programs - including an Associate in Applied Science program in dental hygiene. Students complete 78 credits of study while taking classes in community dentistry, dental materials, nutrition and other subjects. Students in the program also complete pre-clinic and clinic courses.
Lansing Community College
Individuals who want to earn an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene can do so at this community college in Lansing. Classes focus on subjects like oral histology, periodontics and oral health psychology. Students earn 77 credit hours during their two years of study.
Mott Community College
Located in Flint, Mott Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program that requires 67 credit hours of study. Class topics include dentistry infection and hazard control in dentistry, oral disease prevention and dental pharmacology. The program's curriculum also includes clinical experiences.
Oakland Community College
Oakland Community College, situated in Bloomfield Hills, offers classes and programs to about 29,000 students each year. The program offerings include an Associate in Applied Science program in dental hygiene. While completing a minimum 73 credit hours of study, students take courses in topics such as clinical techniques, public health dentistry and dental office procedures.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Located in Ann Arbor, this university offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program. Classes in this 4-year program cover oral anatomy, biochemistry and dental pharmacology. The program's curriculum also includes a practicum. Students can also earn this degree through a degree completion program. Those possessing an associate's degree in the field only need to complete an additional 60 credits of study to graduate. The degree completion program is available on campus and online.
The university also offers a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene. This program prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in the field or to work as educators. It takes two years to complete and is also available both online and on campus.
Wayne County Community College District
Wayne County Community College is located in Detroit. The school, which enrolls about 20,000 students, offers an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene. This 82-credit hour program includes coursework in oral histology, dental hygiene basics and dental biomaterials. The program's curriculum includes lectures and lab work.
Michigan requires that dental hygienists be licensed by the Michigan Board of Dentistry. Licensing requires that an individual must have completed an education program from a school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association or another agency approved by the board. They must also pass the exam administered by the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examiners.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Dental Hygiene Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Delta College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene||$3,395 in-district, $5,270 in-state, $9,770 out-of-state*|
|Ferris State University||4-year, public; distant town|| Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene,
AAS to BS in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program
|$10,970 in-state, $17,562 out-of-state*|
|Grand Rapids Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Applied Arts and Science in Dental Hygiene||$3,051 in-district, $6,027 in-state, $8,715 out-of-state*|
|Kalamazoo Valley Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene||$3,060 in-district, $5,100 in-state, $6,810 out-of-state*|
|Kellogg Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene||$3,488 in-district, $5,402 in-state, $7,556 out-of-state*|
|Lansing Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene||$3,020 in-state, $5,660 in-state, $8,300 out-of-state students*|
|Mott Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene||$3,668 in-district, $5,041 in-state, $6,911 out-of-state*|
|Oakland Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene|| $2,745 in-district,
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene,
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program,
Master of Science in Dental Hygiene
|$13,856 in-state, $43,476 out-of-state*|
|Wayne County Community College District||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene||$2,813 in-state, $3,080 in-state, $3,807 out-of-state students*|
Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics