The skills of a dental hygienist emphasize preventive dentistry. Dental hygienists may be employed in private dental offices, hospitals, group health clinics, public health agencies, school and industry.
Upon completing the pre-Dental Hygiene requirements, the student may then transfer to an approved four-year bachelor's degree program in Dental Hygiene for professional course work. Such a program should be approved by the American Dental Association and the American Dental Hygienist Association. In order to practice, a graduate hygienist must pass a national written board examination given by the American Dental Association and a state licensing examination administered by individual state boards of dental examiners.
Consult with the college counseling department for a listing of approved Dental Hygiene bachelor's degree programs. Consult a counselor or academic adviser for recommended courses specific to student's choice of transfer institution.