* If this is not the right forum please move * Im 19 and was thinking of becoming an RN but did some more research on it and decided that I dont think it would be for me. My mother is a dental hygienist and loves her job and makes great money with at times flexible hours. I am thinking of taking the Dental career path and becoming a Dental Hygiensist. I have some questions and would appreciate any opinions/answers from other Dental people besides my mother. 1) Being a male Dental Hygienist - would that be a problem? 2) Is getting an Assoc. Degree at a CC (Community College) fine to become a Dental Hygienist or would getting a 4 yr Degree Bachelors? 3) Does it matter what CC you attend to get your associates? For instance are there certain schools that jobs look at or any CC that offers a degree in Dental Hygiene fine? 4) Would it be best to try and get on as an assistant part time at a Dentist Office while going to school for my Dental Hygiene Degree? 5) Is there certain schools (like pure Dental Schools) that would be better than a CC to get your degree from? If so where can I find info on that? Also if anyone could provide me some current info/status on this profession. Like the current starting pay, the need of Dental Hygienists, hours, etc. ** Also I live in MO and here my mom told that they were trying to pass a law to allow dental assistants clean teeth... any heard of that passing and if its going on in other states as well?