Dental Hygiene

About the dental hygiene major

The dental hygienist is a member of the dental health team who provides educational, preventive, and therapeutic oral health services. Hygienists must use critical decision-making skills to reach conclusions about their patients’ and clients’ dental hygiene needs based on all available assessment data.

Skills and abilities this major develops: patient evaluation, critical thinking skills, scientific inquiry, ethical decision-making, ability to work with diverse populations, fine motor skills, communication skills, and knowledge of human anatomy.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Biochemistry and nutrition
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical periodontics
  • General pathology
  • Medical and dental emergencies
  • Radiology

Possible careers

  • Community health dental hygienist
  • Corporate dental hygienist
  • Dental hygienist clinician
  • Educator
  • Researcher

Where could I work?

  • Government agencies 
  • Hospitals
  • Medical and diagnostic labs 
  • Research organizations

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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