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Program Objective

At Pima Medical Institute, this associate degree program is designed to give you the personal and professional skills needed to work as a dental hygienist on a dental team and within the larger dental community. The program’s curriculum includes didactic, laboratory and on-site clinical training that will prepare you with the valuable knowledge and abilities to practice ethical and comprehensive dental hygiene care that follows established standards.

Careers In Dental Hygiene

What Are My Career Opportunities as a Dental Hygienist?

What Are My Career Opportunities as a Dental Hygienist?

This associate degree program will prepare graduates for a successful career in dental hygiene. In some states, dental hygienists can also administer anesthetics, place/carve filling materials and periodontal dressings and remove sutures. There are many places dental hygienists can work in including:

  • Private dental offices
  • Corporate dental offices
  • Community health clinics
  • Public health facilities
  • Educational settings
  • In some states, you can start your own dental hygiene practice.
Job Outlook

Job Outlook

The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages and as research continues to link oral health to overall health.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations from 2019 to 2029.

Continued Education

Continued Education

Graduating with an associate degree is a vital pathway toward pursuing higher education later on. Interested in breaking into leadership or healthcare administration? At Pima Medical Institute, we offer an online Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration that will give you the skills needed to move up within the healthcare industry, all with the flexibility of virtual instruction. Work on your degree anywhere, anytime.

When you’re a Pima Medical Institute student, you get access to our Career Services team—here for you when you need extra help with finding the right job opportunities, building a resume, strengthening your interview skills or just looking for general guidance.

Program Outline

Learn more about the courses in this program.

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PSY 125
CCM 145
Communications and Composition

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PSY 125
CCM 145
Communications and Composition

Interested In Starting This Program?

Find out more about our Admissions Requirements or view our How to Apply page.

Success Is Within Reach

We are truly invested in making sure our students succeed.

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“After 12 years as a dental assistant, I knew there was more for me in the dental profession. When I heard Pima Medical was offering a Dental Hygiene program, I jumped at the opportunity. I am a 35-year-old parent of two boys and the thought of quitting my job to attend school was quite daunting, but I forged ahead and was committed.”

Monica Candelaria-Wright, Dental Hygiene Graduate

Pima Medical Blog

Check out our blog posts on Dental Hygiene. We provide insights, information, alumni spotlights, news and other valuable articles to keep you updated.

Disclosures And Accreditations

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