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Dental hygiene in the army

Hi I am a student currently in college to become a dental hygienist, I took the picat and made it into the dentist program in the army, if I were to join and leave the army in 4yrs…. will I have a certificate of dental hygiene and will I be able to get my RDH license? Or I have to take prerequisites for that.



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The simple answer is no. To practice in the United States (besides Army) you need to have graduated from an accredited hygiene school, including taking any college prerequisites to enter a hygiene program. Army training is not accredited, nor does it require the same National and Clinical Boards that are required to practice in the United States.
 
I actually went to school with someone that was a hygienist in the Army. It was very hard for her to “unlearn” and fix many of the things she did as an Army hygienist (or “bad habits” as she called it). Just a heads up there!

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Would you say it’s a good career to go into or no one is really going to the dentist anymore

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