Post # 1
Im thinking about going to school next fall, i was thinking Dental Assisting then continuing education to dental hygienist… has anyone else gone through school for either? How long did it take to complete? If you dont mind answering, how much did your school cost? Do you think it was a good career choice? Did you work while going through school?
Im so nervous and feel like everywhere/everyone i ask information on the program from, the schools seem more focused on getting me enrolled then making sure it is a place and career that would be good for me… just looking for some more REAL info 🙂
Post # 4
my fi best friend’s fiance (that’s a mouthful!) is a heigenist. it’s an associates degree (2 years full time). it’s not terribly expensive if you do it at a local community college. it does pay pretty well if you work full time or close to it but i don’t know many hygienists that do that (most work part time but still make write a bit of money. however they often have very strange hours). i myself used to work as a dental assistant in college. it doesn’t pay very well and it’s a much tougher job, but it also doesn’t require much schooling – a couple of months and you can be on you’re way.
Post # 5
Hmmm I don’t know where your from like Country wise but in the USA its a pretty good career if you consider the salary and flexibility versus the amount of time in school. My friends/family in the bizz do very well.
If you fall into the right brackets and such, community college coudl give you a full or partial ride through dental school.
Downsides would be getting in usually requires a waiting list and its extremely competitive. Some people site burnout ( looking at peoples mouths every day) but there are a lot of options you can build off of with your deggree, like theres a 4 year degree now offered in dental hygeiene that can give you a more educational/counseling type job regarding the field.
Post # 6
I graduated dental hygiene school about a year and a half ago. I went to a school in illinois. I think it cost me in total about $13k. While I was in the program I worked weekends, but, the program recommended that thier students not take on jobs. The course load is pretty heavy. If you can do it without working, I would recommend that. You definitely cannot hold a full-time job without your grades suffering significantly in my opinion. It was sort of a lot to even carry a part-time job because hygiene school is like a full time job. The job market can be really good depending on where you live. In some places, though, jobs are really scarce in this field. I’d suggest doing your homework on the job market before wasting time getting a degree in something you may not be able to use. It is a great field and pays pretty good if you do end up finding a job though 🙂
Post # 7
My mom is a dental hygenist. It took her 2 years to get through the program. The program is at a community college. Its well known for its program and the cost isn’t high at all because its a community college.
She says that dental hygenists just entering the field are paid very well (compared to starting salary in the 70s)