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Dental Hygienist Schools

In this page you can find useful links to dental hygienist schools in US and Canada.

To become a dental hygienist in United States one must attend a dental hygienist school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA).

To receive a dental hygienist's license, graduation from an accredited dental hygiene school program is required, with either an associates degree (most common), a certificate, a bachelor's degree or a master's degree.

Dental Hygiene Education Programs in USA

Entry-Level Programs for Dental Hygienists

This list provides the available entry-level programs for dental hygiene degrees or certificates by state.


Degree-Completion Dental Hygiene School Programs

Degree-completion programs are defined as programs which provide a certificate-program or associate-degree dental hygiene graduate with an opportunity to work towards a baccalaureate degree. This baccalaureate degree can be in dental hygiene or in a related area.


Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) Dental Hygiene School Programs

The objective of education programs leading to a master's degree in dental hygiene is to prepare the dental hygienist for leadership roles in health education or health administration/management.


On-Line/Distance Learning Programs

Distance learning offers an alternative to traditional classrooms. Some programs offer 100% online classes, while others offer about 70% of the course online with some classes requiring a visit to campus. The following schools provide online dental hygiene programs on degree or master level.

Online Degree in Dental Hygiene, Online Master's Degree in Dental Hygiene


Basic admission Criteria include:

  • Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program in the US or Canada
  • Successful completion of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university
  • Satisfactory academic record

List of Dental Hygiene Programs in Canada

Top Dental hygienist schools offering degree programs in dental hygiene

University of Southern California

University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089

University of Southern California is the highest ranked school to offer dental hygiene degrees. Founded in 1897, the USC School of Dentistry offers Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Master of Science in Dental Hygiene programs.


University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

University of Michigan is the second-highest ranked school to offer dental hygiene programs. Founded in 1875, it offers Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Master of Science in Dental Hygiene programs. An online bachelor's degree completion option is also available for students who currently hold an associate's degree in dental hygiene.

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