Dental hygienists provide preventative dental care and encourage patients to develop good oral hygiene skills. In addition to carrying out clinical responsibilities such as cleaning and scaling teeth, hygienists educate patients in ways to develop and maintain good oral health. Although most hygienists work with individual patients, some develop and promote community dental health programs. In addition to career opportunities within dental offices, dental hygienists apply their skills and knowledge in other career activities including office management, business administration, dental hygiene education, research and marketing of dental related equipment and materials.
The program below meets admission requirements for Loma Linda University, as well as Southern Adventist University’s requirements for an A.S. degree. This program can be modified to meet the requirements of other schools. For a complete description of Southern’s General Education requirements, refer to Academic Policies.