|$ $ Associate Degrees Average $4,600 In-State; $10,000-$21,000 Out-of-State||$ $ $ Bachelor's Degrees Average $20,000-$27,000 In-State, $36,000-$99,200 Otherwise|
Dental hygienists are scraping away plaque buildup and tracking gum health, while at the same time educate patients on oral health.
Students specializing in preventative dental care need to get a two-year associate or a four-year bachelor degree.
The two programs cost the same as any other program at a community college or university.
However, the holder of a bachelor’s degree will earn more money over the course of a career.
- Getting an associate degree through a community college is possible through one year of classroom study and one year of clinical.
- The two-year program costs $4,600 on the averagefor in-state students according to the American Association of Community Colleges.
- The tuition for students from out of the area estimates to $10,000-$21,600 for two years.
- To earn a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene means two years of undergraduate studies followed by two years of clinical work.
- The cost for the four-year program at a public college or university was approx. $20,000-$27,200 during 2006-2007 for in-state residents, while out-of-state students paid around $36,000-$99,200.
- Four years of tuition at private college is approx. $80,000.
- The additional cost for books and supplies depends on which degree program is selected.
- Bachelor students need an average of $1,200-$1,500 annually on the first two years of undergraduate work.
- At the same time, the first year of clinical work requires $700 in books and another $275 the second year.
- Instruments, uniforms and equipment for the clinical portion of the education costs approx. $1,400 the first year and $1,700 the second.
- The graduation from each program equals eligibility to sit for the Clinical Board Exam and passing test priced $950 means a license to practice.
- The student should complete the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Eligibility for federal grants or student loans is determined after that.
- The form has to be completed by hand or online and should be submitted for each school year.
- Each year the American Dental Hygienists Association awards scholarships to qualified students.
The American Dental Hygienist Association mprovides a list of dental hygienist programs by state.