What to expect from a Dental Hygienist program

Ever considered becoming a dental hygienist?
Then you’re probably curious about what dental hygiene program entails.

Author: Kathleen Bokrossy, RDHU
RDHU offers online and in-person training for Dental Hygienists.

Many potential students wonder what the workload will be like and how many classes they have to take. And other students feel some hesitation around practical evaluations. Let’s face it – all the information can feel a little daunting!

Luckily, most dental hygienist programs in Ontario have extensive, user-friendly courses that everyone can benefit from. Students will have access to plenty of online resources and streaming classes, as well as in-person practical sessions. And rdhu is here to help you feel prepared for your studies. Here’s what you can expect from a dental hygiene program.

Online courses

Since the pandemic, the majority of dental schools have moved some, if not all, of their programming to an online format. This makes it easy for you to take classes online from anywhere. Live-stream courses cover everything you need to know, from evidence-based research to hygienist best practices. These courses will better prepare you for the scientific and medical knowledge required for your job as a dental hygienist and give you the solid foundation needed for your clinical work.

In-person clinic programs

All dental hygienist programs require their students to attend in-person clinic programs to practice and learn how to complete their work. This hands-on experience is crucial to feeling confident as a dental hygienist, and it ensures you have a full understanding of what your day-to-day would look like. Plus, you’ll be able to ask questions in real time with highly-trained hygienists and doctors.

Specialized dental hygienist courses

There are various additional courses and programs you can take to expand your skillset as a dental hygienist, such as soft-tissue diode laser training. This kind of specialized skill is crucial to making you employable after you’ve completed your coursework. Dental hygiene programs like those at rdhu have laser training courses available for students interested in diversifying their skills.

Resources and coaches

When you’re studying to become a dental hygienist, you can feel overwhelmed by the information involved. However, at schools like rdhu, you’ll always have coaches available to help you with your courses. And there are plenty of resources available to ensure you understand the material. Students should feel set up for success by the time they complete their studies, so keep in mind that you’ll always have someone to support you.

While every dental hygienist program is unique, they all have the same basic structure. Schools create courses that will educate students on how to be skilled and successful hygienists. And if they’re a top-notch school, they’ll offer valuable resources and mentorship to help students navigate their coursework.

At rdhu, we are committed to providing our students with high-quality content, updated educational tools and effective resources. Our students get the care and one-on-one attention every student deserves in the classroom.

About the Author: Kathleen Bokrossy, RDHU
Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH has been bringing engaging energy to the dental profession for over 30 years. Kathleen is the founder and president of rdhu Inc., publisher for the Dental Hygiene Quarterly and the producer and cast member of The RDH View.  An interactive and popular presenter, Kathleen is a key opinion leader for Curion, Crest+Oral-B, and Ivoclar Vivadent. She is passionate about making change happen and ensures that every program she presents will ignite a spark in the dental hygienist to implement change in their practice!