OU's Dental Hygiene students get the best of both worlds during their education - a vibrant, educational campus setting in the heart of Oklahoma City and real-world training at locations across the state. Comprehensive courses in dental health, patient care and professional service prepare students for rewarding careers.
Students begin their college studies at the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus, taking classes to fulfill general university requirements and to prepare for the College of Dentistry's application process. Students typically choose from coursework in the biological sciences, humanities and mathematics before starting the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center application process in their second year of school. After acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program, students start classes at the OUHSC campus, which provides a rich atmosphere for academic development.
The job outlook for Dental Hygiene graduates is excellent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the government also reports that the average pay scale for dental hygienists is more than $28 an hour.
A Dental Hygiene student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. Graduates are prepared to take examinations for licensure to practice as registered dental hygienists.
Interests & Skills
Dental Hygiene students typically have interests in oral health, working with people, science, technology and computers. High school preparation should include study in the biological sciences.
The College of Dentistry has gained a reputation of excellence at both the state and national level. Exit interviews of graduates have shown that students think that the Dental Hygiene faculty, who are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in their field, were one of the strong points of the program.
The College of Dentistry is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and holds membership in the American Association of Dental Schools.
Types of Employers
Single dentist practices
Group dental practices
Dental health companies
Colleges and universities
Recent Graduates Jobs
Dental hygienist, Cosmetic and
Dental hygienist, Thorpe Family
Robert Ross, D.D.S.
Jennifer Enmeier, D.D.S
Dental hygienist, Alfa Dental
Experienced Alumni Jobs
Dental hygienist, Chickasaw
National Health System
Gary L. Dennington, D.D.S.
Dental hygienist, Alpine Dentistry
Dental hygienist, Indian
How much will I make?
Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree.