5 Dental Hygienist Schools


The unsung heroes of the dental office are dental hygienists whose job it is to remove soft and hard deposits from your teeth. Well, not just that: they explain to patients how to practice good oral hygiene and work with the dentist to provide other preventive dental care. Importantly, dental hygienists examine patients’ teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 301 schools across the country with accredited dental hygiene programs in 2008, the last year that information was compiled.[1] Some programs are available at schools specializing in Allied Health with others offered at community colleges. Some state universities offer programs too, leading to a certificate or at least an Associate’s degree.

Remington College — Remington has campuses throughout much of the eastern half of the country including in Florida, Texas and Tennessee. The Nashville campus offers a dental hygienist program, leading to a diploma that can be completed in as little as eight months.

Remington College – Nashville, Tennessee Campus
441 Donelson Pike, Suite 150
Nashville, TN 37214

University of Maine — At the Augusta campus, the University of Maine offers a comprehensive Dental Hygiene program with diplomas, Associate’s degree and Bachelor’s degree programs available. Applicants into the Bachelor’s program must have already attained their Associate’s degree. The Bachelor’s program goes more in depth with dental hygiene and also incorporates general study coursework.

University of Maine At Augusta
46 University Drive
Augusta, Maine 04330

Broward College — This Florida college offers a “1 + 1” program enabling students to become a certified dental assistant and a registered dental hygienist. Take the certified 10-month Dental Assisting program and then continue on for the 12-month Associate in Science degree Dental Hygiene program. Together, you’ll be armed with the skills to handle either position and come away with a two-year degree in the process.

Broward College
111 East Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2206

University of Texas at Houston — The Houston campus of the University of Texas features a Dental Branch program within the Texas Medical Center. This fully-accredited two-year program leads to a dental hygiene certificate or a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. About 40 students are admitted to the program each fall.

School of Dental Hygiene
UTHSC at Houston, Dental Branch
6516 M.D. Anderson Blvd., Suite 1.085
Houston, Texas 77030-3402

Southwestern College — This California school is eight miles south of San Diego and seven miles north of the Mexican border. Southwestern offers a two-year dental hygiene program with clinical practice nearby. Just 36 students are admitted to the program each year which begins in the fall semester.

Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Opportunity & Pay

According to the BLS, job prospects for dental hygienists is good over the next decade. Pay for full-time hygienists is in the low 60s, though at least half of the people in this profession choose to work part-time.


[1] BLS.gov: Dental Hygienists

Photo Credit: Peter Skadberg

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