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Rewarding, intense, and challenging classroom and clinical experiences make Oregon Tech’s Dental Hygiene graduates highly prepared, highly paid, and in-demand.

What You'll Learn

With built-in opportunities to constantly stretch yourself, learn and grow, the Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Degree Program at Oregon Tech has a strong history of service learning and innovative educational methods that prepare students as dental hygienists, or as a stepping stone for advanced dental practice.

The International Externship Program (IEP) is an exciting annual opportunity for a team of senior dental hygiene students and an instructor to travel outside the United States on a dental care mission. Past destinations have included Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Jamaica.

Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science


Oregon Tech Offers:

  • Extensive hands-on dental clinic experience right on-campus – and opportunities for off-campus rotations -- provide students with high quality learning and practice of dental hygiene skills. Students work right alongside licensed practitioners and dentists in state-of-the-art facilities, treating their own patients using the latest technology, such as digital radiography, laser cavity detection, and oral cancer exams using light fluorescence
  • Active involvement in planning and managing community oral health programs — such as designing and implementing oral health promotion programs for under-served communities – prepare Oregon Tech students with four terms of valuable, real-world experiences, three times what most programs offer.
  • International externships provide exciting options for seniors to provide life-saving care for 2 weeks in countries such as Peru, Ukraine and Viet Nam
  • Oregon Tech students earn enough clinical hours to be a licensed dental hygienist with an Expanded Practice Permit when they graduate. Graduates are prepared for entry into the dental hygiene profession, eligible for state, regional and national exams leading to licensure as a registered dental hygienist, and/or an expanded practice dental hygienist in Oregon
  • Multiple campus sites to give you options - Oregon Tech offers its Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene at its Klamath Falls Residential Campus (southern Oregon), and in collaboration with Chemeketa Community College in Salem (45 miles south of Portland). Both programs prepare the students for entry into the dental hygiene profession, and have the same requirements and application process. For those who have completed a Dental Hygiene degree at the associate degree level, Oregon Tech's Online Campus offers a completion degree option for those who want to return to school to earn a bachelor's degree.

Well Paid, Highly Satisfying Work

Dental hygienists are well paid for their work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018:

  • Average salaries for dental hygienists in Oregon was $85,280.
  • Average salaries for dental hygienists in the Medford area was $87,230 and $86,800 in the Bend-Redmond area.
  • In Washington, dental hygienists earn an average of $90,690, $100,830 in California, and $74,430 in Idaho.

The top 25 percent of earners in Oregon in 2018 made annual salaries at or above $96,130, and the top 10 percent made annual salaries at or above $102,130.

Our Graduates Work For:

Willamette Dental Group
Precision Dental
Dental Professionals
Advantage Dental
Community Health Centers such as La Clinica; Salem Free Clinic; Klamath Open Door Clinic; Klamath Tribal Health
Many private practice dental offices
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Student, Class of 2021
“Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Vocational Rehab have tremendously helped me to be able to attend Oregon Tech”
86%
Employed
7%
Continuing Education
$66,500
Starting Graduate Salary