Dental Hygiene

COVID-19 Update: We wanted to send a message of clarification to all students. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a time of uncertainty and a rapidly changing world. These are unprecedented times for everyone.

We want to assure you that Jackson College and the Allied Department are committed to your success and program completion/progression while following CDC and governmental guidelines to maintain everyone’s health and safety.

We have been working tirelessly and are ready to begin online content delivery on Monday, March 23, 2020. All faculty have specific plans to progress Allied students through their programs while maintaining external and internal accreditation guidelines and standards.

No one can predict the course of COVID-19 in the United States and what recommendations will be made in the coming days and weeks. Please know that we are committed to your success and will keep you updated as things develop. If there are delays in clinical/lab courses we are committed to developing plans to help students achieve Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) as quickly as possible once restrictions are lifted.

Recognize this situation is not just affecting Jackson College Allied Health Students but allied programs across the country. We ask that you consider that rumors and untruths are coming from a place of fear and uncertainty. If you have questions do not hesitate to reach out to your Allied Faculty, but realize that we may not have the definite and concrete answers you are looking for. As the situation develops and new information is learned we will communicate with all students in a timely fashion.

Sincerely, Jackson College Allied Health Department

Dental Hygienist working on a patient

Dental Hygiene at Jackson College

 

Job Opportunities

There are various employment opportunities for the registered dental hygienist. The registered hygienist may choose employment in a general or specialty dental practice, schools, clinics, hospitals, HMOs, public health, or governmental agencies. The dental hygienist may also be employed in the area of management, research, sales, consulting or education. Opportunities for part-time work and flexible schedules are common.

Pay

The mean annual wage for a Registered Dental Hygienist is $73,440 or $35.05 per hour. Salary will vary by practice setting and practice location. In Michigan, the annual mean wage is $61,450 and the hourly mean wage is $29.54 per hour. Bureau of Labor Statistics link www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygiene.htm.

Career Outlook

Dental Hygiene ranks among the fastest growing occupations. Job prospects are expected to remain excellent. Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 19 percent until 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health to general health will continue to spur demand for preventative dental services, which are often provided by dental hygienists.