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What majors should I go into to become a dental hygienist.?

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I'm a junior in high school and I am interested in becoming a Dental Hygienist. I have a 3.2 GPA. I am not interested at all in going to community college because I want a bachelors degree. What colleges are there in the United States that would prepare me to go into this field and what majors should I take besides dental hygiene. #school #dentistry #dentist #dental-hygienist #dental-hygiene

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Ashley’s Answer

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The University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Division of Dental Hygiene offers undergraduate programs which lead to the Bachelor of Science degree. Two types of students are admitted to this program: 1) Bachelor of Science or Baccalaureate degree seeking students who have completed two years of pre-professional course work; and 2) Degree Completion students who are Registered Dental Hygienists (RDHs) and are graduates of associate degree or certificate Dental Hygiene programs who wish to complete the course work to obtain the Bachelor of Science degree. 3) Master's in Public Health Program at the UM School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health for BS degree hygienists who wish to earn a master's degree.

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Cheryl’s Answer

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Depending on what state your in, each program has its prerequisites. Here are a few options for you:
1. Go to a 4 year dental hygiene program.
2. Go to a community college for 2 years then apply for the 2 year completion BS at a dental hygiene school.
3. Get a 4 year degree at a University (making sure all your prerequisite are in your degree and BTW: each DH program has different prerequisites) and then go into a program that offers a certification (which there are not alot of them) or an associates degree.
Also, the programs a highly competitive. You need to do very well in all prerequisite courses but especially your science core 4.0.
Hope this helps! Best to you!
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