Dental Hygiene

What is a dental hygienist?

The dental hygienist is a member of the dental health team who provides educational, preventive and therapeutic oral health services. Employment opportunities may be available in private dental practice, hospitals, public health agencies, educational institutions, and research. Salaries for dental hygienists vary depending on location and type of practice. The last reported survey from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics dated May, 2017 shows that the median yearly salary for dental hygienists nationally was $74,070 and the median hourly salary was $35.61. In Indiana, the mean yearly salary was $69,340 and the mean hourly salary was $33.34.

How do you earn a degree in dental hygiene?

To earn an Indiana University Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, you will complete 120 credit hours of course work. Most courses are 3 credit hours but some may vary. You can choose between two tracks: sales and leadership or community dental hygiene.

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Academic advising

As a dental hygiene student at IU Fort Wayne, you'll work closely with your academic advisor to select and register for classes that apply toward your degree program. Your advisor will help you monitor your progress to ensure you are on the right track to a successful career in dental hygiene.

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