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AS vs BS in Dental Hygiene

Difference Between an AS Degree & a BS Degree for a Dental Hygienist?



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It’s a longer time in school (not much!), however totally worth getting your BSDH. You can always graduate from an Associate program and get your Bachelors online, but in my opinion, its easier to get it right off the bat. If you wait, I’ve noticed many tend to put it off because you are working, busy, and out of “school mode.” You don’t necessarily make higher wages with a Bachelors over an Associates when working clinically. However, if you want to move out of clinical hygiene and teach, become a sales rep, etc. many times at least a Bachelors is required. You never know what life will bring, so that’s why getting a Bachelors from the start is my recommendation.

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As far as the difference between the programs, you can look online at programs in your area (Associate and Bachelor) and compare the curriculum. For example, in Oregon, Mt. Hood Community College has an Associates program, here is their curriculum: https://www.mhcc.edu/DentalHygieneCurriculum/
Pacific University has a Bachelors, here is their curriculum: https://www.pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-health-professions/areas-study/dental-hygiene?qt-undergraduate_area_of_study_qt=2#qt-undergraduate_area_of_study_qt
Each program may vary a bit, so this is just an example.

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