Excellent and varied career opportunities exist for dental hygiene graduates. The demand for licensed dental hygienists continues to increase in Oregon and throughout much of the United States. Dental hygienists can elect to practice full time or on a part-time basis. Annual entry-level positions in Oregon for dental hygienists range between $32-$38 per hour. Earnings of dental hygienists are affected by the type of employer, education and experience of the individual, as well as on the geographic location. Bilingual graduates with multi cultural experience have growing opportunities in the Northwest.
Lane Community College has an articulation agreement with Oregon Institute of Technology. This agreement provides an opportunity for Associate of Applied Science Dental Hygiene graduates to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene at OIT. Prerequisite course work for the Bachelor of Science degree can be taken while completing general education requirements at Lane Community college. Students desiring to transfer should contact Oregon Institute of Technology, Dental Hygiene Program for current transfer requirements.
Links to Professional Organizations and Groups
- American Dental Hygienists' Association
- Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association
- American Dental Association
- Oregon Institute of Technology
- Oregon Health Sciences University
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Periodontology