Dental Hygiene (Bachelor of Science)
When you pursue a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene at Creighton University, you won’t just become an expert in your field – you’ll also benefit from a curriculum that encompasses the arts, humanities and basic and behavioral sciences.
Creighton’s BS in dental hygiene prepares students to assume broader positions of responsibility in a variety of settings. You’ll learn the basic principles of problem solving and decision making, critical thinking, communication and ethical behavior with a particular focus on life-long learning that can be applied to many career settings.
Since 1905, the Creighton University School of Dentistry has graduated nearly 5,000 students. As a dental hygiene major, you’ll be prepared for residency programs, dental practice or continued education.
Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. Almost all dental hygienists work in dental offices and more than half work part time.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage for dental hygienists was $70,210 in May 2012. Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 33% by 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health to general health will continue to spur demand for preventive dental services, which are often provided by dental hygienists.
- Concepts in dental hygiene
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Communication skills
Students who have successfully earned the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene at Iowa Western Community College may be eligible to earn the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.