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What are some online schools that offer an associate's degree in dental hygiene?

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Schools that offer online an associate's degree in dental hygiene include New York University, Indiana University School of Dentistry and California's Southwestern College. For a dental hygiene degree, course work can be done online, but lab and clinical work must be done in person.

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New York University offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in dental hygiene that can be completed in as little as 17 months. In this program, liberal arts and prerequisite courses required for the degree may be taken online. Science courses with a lab component and clinical rotations may not be completed online.

Students at Indiana University can receive an Associate Science degree in dental hygiene. All prerequisite courses for the degree may be completed online, as well as general education requirements. Practical courses, such as observation at dental offices, must be done in person.

Southwestern College also offers an A.S. in dental hygiene that takes two years to complete. Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the program and cannot be taken simultaneously online. However, many of the general dental hygiene courses are available in online form. Students in this program must have hands-on clinical experience to complete their degree, which cannot be done online.

New York University, Indiana University, and Southwestern College all offer dental hygiene programs that are approved by the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

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