The Associate of Science (AS) in Dental Hygiene degree, part of the Indiana University School of Dentistry’s undergraduate program, will provide you the knowledge and expertise for a rewarding career that is in demand.
Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patience for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. Almost all dental hygienists work in dentist offices and work closely with dentists and dental assistants.
- The average salary for dental hygienists varies depending on location and type of practice. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median pay for dental hygienists in 2010 was $68,250 per year or $32.81 per hour.
- In fact, the BLS reports the employment outlook for dental hygienists will grow by 38 percent between now and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- After graduation from the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) program, you will be prepared to pursue state licensure. Every state requires licensure, although requirements vary by state.
This full-time program is two academic years in length and is composed of a core curriculum of 27 courses presented over four semesters and one summer session.
Begin your studies toward this degree at IUPUC by completing prerequisite and general education courses. Then transfer to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus and finish the program. Along the way, you will work closely with a University College (UCOL) academic advisor who will help you determine what courses can be completed in Columbus and develop an appropriate timeline for transferring to Indianapolis.
You must be in good academic standing to transfer to another Indiana University campus. Admission to this program is competitive and completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee acceptance.
- To begin a dental hygiene degree at IUPUC, please contact University College.
- If you are a current student at IUPUC, please contact your academic advisor.