Question by  Michele93 (4)

What kind of training does a hygienist need?

How long does it take?


Answer by  patti (29325)

Tech schools offer a two-year Associate Degree program. Universities that have a dental school offer a four-year Bachelor's Degree program.


Answer by  workoutchamp (103)

Since there are several different types of hygienists it depends on which one you want to be. Most vocational schools offer courses to become one type of hygienist or another. My friend did her courses in 2 years and is now happily working. It should be noted that my friend took full-course loads.


Answer by  Dean (4035)

A dental hygienist must complete a two-year or four-year course of training to be eligible to take the exam to be licensed. Two-year programs are available at many tech schools/community colleges, while a four-year degree is usually offered by a dental school.


Answer by  idiotjones (705)

A lot of (dental) hygienists are trained on the job. Most now have completed two year degrees in dental hygiene from their local community colleges. It takes 1-1.5 years of classroom training and 0.5-1 year of clinical training to become minimally qualified these days. After that, the "real" training begins with the employer.


Answer by  Leslie90 (66)

A hygienest should trained in their specific field, such as dentistry, as well as in basic patient care. A good hygienist is knowledgeable of the equipment, procedures and techniques used by the professional they are aiding.

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