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Dental Hygiene Program Questions

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by MSPV, Apr 25, 2012.

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  1. MSPV

    MSPV 2+ Year Member

    May 8, 2011
    Hi, I have some questions about Dental Hygiene. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. :)

    1. I applied to a Dental Hygiene program at a local community college and I don't have enough points to be "comfortable". I am only 6 points away from that. What are my chances of getting in?

    2. If I don't get in, should I wait til next year to apply again? What should I do? Should I apply to schools out of state?

    3. After I get my associate's, should I get a BS in Dental Hygiene?

    Thank you for all and any answers. :)
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  3. Kahr

    Kahr Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    I'm not sure whether you realized this or not, but this is a pre-dental school forum, most of the users browsing it likely have little experience, interest, or knowledge about the details of dental hygiene school.

    Fortunately for you, there are a few DH/RDHs and DAs floating around, I don't know them all, but I do know SeattleRDH could probably help answer the questions you have, if she has the inclination that is. My suggestion is that you send her a private message:

    As for getting your BS/BA post associates, that's something I think most people would agree is a good idea, no matter what your future plans may be. I do not however know what if any benefits accompany getting it in hygiene specifically, other than perhaps making you a stronger applicant for hygiene positions, and I'm guessing in certain states such as WA, give you the option for a broader scope of practice (remember, just a guess, not sure if that's true or not).
  4. ronjechalke


    Apr 19, 2012
  5. MSPV

    MSPV 2+ Year Member

    May 8, 2011
    All right, thank you for the advice! :)
  6. chrispyy

    chrispyy 5+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Hi MSVP hygienist with a BS in Dental Hygiene here. If you plan on just working as a hygienist with no other plans of doing anything else, an associate degree will do just fine. however, if you want to get into public health, teaching positions, or even consider dental school down the road (like me) then yes you should get a bachelors degree
  7. DentalDiva RDH

    DentalDiva RDH 2+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2010
    Hi :) I'm a dental hygienist, so I'll do my best to help you out!

    1. Depending on where you are in the country dental hygiene can vary from being ridiculously competitive to ehh, you do the pre-req work well and you get in no problem, it's all geographical. If there are more schools to less students, obviously your odds are higher. I went to a 4-yr institution and got my BS in dental hygiene out of high school, so I am unsure how the community colleges work, but if you apply to the programs that offer a BS, no doubt they will be harder to get into, everyone wants a piece of that pie. Can't say much about your chances, since there aren't any numbers, EC's, etc. to go by. So I would set up meetings with the schools you are interested in and have them take a look at those, so they can better tell you where you stand. If this isn't feasible, call them and you should just be sure you've hit most of the points they expect of applicants, to have a good chance of getting in. Not completing all your points shouldn't be a huge problem, if you have, generally done well.

    2. This is all up to you! You want to be a hygienist, go big now, while you can, apply to schools in and out of state, that you know you would like to attend. If you have the resources to do so, the more schools you apply to can't hurt. If you don't get in, why not try again? :)

    3. Go for the BS, at the end of the day it is just better to have all around. Not sure where you are located, as mentioned previously this plays a huge role but the state in which I practice, you have an associates, you're in like the 95% that cannot do much of anything else other than hygiene and that's fine, I guess. I knew in the future I wanted to go to dental school, to make life a little easier, I needed a bachelors, I also knew I might want to dabble in higher ed. and public health. In the future you may want to get involved with lets say public health dental hygiene, things of that nature, you need, minimally, a BS.

    As stated above, Kahr you're right. Washington is one of the states where there is a broader scope of practice. California is also notorious for this as well, and they don't like to let outsiders in :nono: it's totally doable but it's a long, complicated, and difficult process, especially if you aren't from the West. Take home message on this one, if you apply out of state try to stay on the side you're from, east, west, south, wherever. Hygiene licensing can get unnecessarily sticky, so this makes licensing a lot easier later on.

    Best of luck! You will love it! :love:
  8. MSPV

    MSPV 2+ Year Member

    May 8, 2011
    Wow! Thank you, thank you very much! I needed that!

    Thank you to everyone who replied! :D

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