Words of Wisdom from a Dental Hygiene Graduate
dental hygiene program was very rigorous, in addition to dealing with the
worldwide pandemic that occurred midway into my training. It was stressful and
overwhelming with the uncertainty of COVID-19, but I gained insight into my
character. I felt accomplished because I managed my time and I focused, and
that paid off for me. It was all manageable as long as I did the work and did
not procrastinate on assignments, sacrificed and reached out for help when
needed. Most importantly, my classmates and I helped each other to get through
the demanding program. We figured out that there was no need to compete against
one another, but only compete with ourselves to do better.
hygiene program was accelerated, so the material and course work came at a
faster pace, but all the instructors emphasized the crucial information.
Basically, they went straight to the point. Every instructor had a specific skill
or background in dental hygiene that made them stand out. If there was a topic
of concern and that needed better clarification, there was always an instructor
who could help. From ergonomics to radiographs to local anesthesia, you could
always find a subject matter expert as an excellent source to get through the
problem. My program provided a lead instructor to guide us as we transitioned
from junior to senior year and provided mentors in case we needed help or just
needed to vent. I found that reaching out often and early was the key to succeeding
in this program.
I was prepared to succeed in all state exams and become licensed, by
instructors who continuously highlighted the critical facts and offered written
and mock clinical exams. My program made sure we were ready to pass before
having us take the actual licensing exams.
supported and prepared for the workforce before I graduated. I was guided
through transitioning from student life to my dental hygienist career. My
program prepared me to land a job. For example, at least two months before
graduation, they helped us write great resumes and provided mock interviews
with a dentist and hiring agencies. Once I finished my last state exam to become
licensed, the program’s Career Services supervisor assisted me in getting an
interview in a matter of days. I landed employment in two dental offices in the
just be cool with everyone and have a good sense of humor. Try to make the environment
calm and make your peers chuckle unexpectedly!