programs, dental hygiene students spend most of their time involved in clinical
study (direct patient care). Entry-level programs require an average of 2,932
clock hours of curriculum, covering subjects such as:
- Basic science courses (general
chemistry, anatomy, physiology and pathology),
- Dental courses (dental anatomy,
oral pathology and radiography), and
- Dental hygiene science courses
(oral health education/preventive counseling, patient management and
community dental health),
- Dental hygiene patient care.
Advanced (degree completion and master’s)
programs focus less on clinical study and more on preparing dental hygiene
students for opportunities in alternative career pathways such as research,
education, administration or public health.