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Starting prereq classes for DH school, any tips?

Hi there, my name is Krystal. I am starting this fall for my prerequisites to one day make it to hygiene school and become a hygienist. Do you have any pointers or tips regarding schooling, classes, or just in general. Thank you so much!



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Keep your grades up! I actually took almost 3 years for my prerequisite classes to ensure I learned the material and kept my grades up. Grades, along with many other factors, do matter in the application process! I also took all of the electives that were needed during hygiene school before hand, so I would have a lighter class load during hygiene school. Make sure the schools you are going to apply to allow this before doing it though!

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Thank you all so much! This website is great, and all of your responses! I start August 18th just my English and an elective health class, that way my work load isn’t crazy overwhelming for the start. I will definitely have my work cut out for me the next few years to come, but I know the out come of a Hygienist will be worth it.

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Thank you so much for the reply! When you are in hygiene school is it all hands on, or are there more classes you have to go through and take?

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I agree with Kara. I took 2 years to do my pre-req’s in order to have the best grades and knowledge when it came to applying for the hygiene program. They really look at the science base classes due to hygiene courses having a strong science background. So take it all in! Also if you don’t get into your program the first time don’t give up. Continue to take classes including the electives you’ll take once in the program. That way you lighten your class load once in the program. I was always jealous of the other girls in my class that did not have to stress over the psychology or statistics classes. Good Luck!

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Keep your grades up! That will help you to get Into a hygiene program when you are done with your pre req’s. Also try to get all of the pre req’s done before you get into the hygiene program, that way you will be able to focus your time on the core hygiene classes instead of trying to do everything at once.

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My other suggestion would be – along with everything said above – to not just memorize the material in your classes to get good grades. Actually learn and be able to apply the material. That skill will be everything that you do in hygiene school. As a medical professional, we do not have the luxury to learn something for the sake of passing a test, moving through college classes that way, and ending up with a degree. For our safety, our pts safety, and our career success, we must understand the material that we are taught and how it applies. Pay attention in A&P – it all comes into play again later and will help everything else make so much more sense. Remember, we take boards so we must be able to prove that we not only learned the material.. but that we also apply and understand the material 🙂 I was told this my first day of hygiene school (gave me a panic attack at the time) – but it truly makes sense and actually makes school so much easier if you do the work ahead of time!

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Grades, grades, grades!! Another suggestion would be to get some practical experience in a dental office. This could be observation or even working as a lab tech in a practice. The more you can show your actual interest in dentistry, the better.

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