The Community College of Rhode Island, Southern Illinois University, University of Bridgeport, University of Southern California and University of California San Francisco are schools with programs in dental hygiene. Schools vary as to the type of dental hygiene program on offer.
The Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene at the Community College of Rhode Island provides an entry-level degree that requires 48 credit hours and practical laboratory-based classes. Southern Illinois University has a Bachelor of Science to train future dental hygienists in additional areas of focus and offers classes that give students the chance learn skills in radiology and community health policy.
Students receive a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene online from the University of Bridgeport, which utilizes an accelerated classroom format to accommodate employed students. The University of Southern California has undergraduate and graduate degrees in dental hygiene, along with specialized tracks for students working toward a doctoral program. The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene at University of California San Francisco is a one-year program that requires casework and emphasizes global oral health.
There are 315 schools with dental hygiene programs, according to the University of Southern California. Oral hygienists must also complete a certification process in addition to a degree. Employment opportunities vary based on the level of degree.