Mentor Advice Forumfurthering my career in dental hygiene
Crystal Castillo asked 1 year ago

I was wondering on ways of furthering my career in dental hygiene. My biggest interest is teaching I was wondering what are the requirements to become a dental hygiene proffesor, how much is the salary and do you need a doctorate degree to become a dental hygiene program director? In advance, thank you for your help.

3 Answers
Rachel C. Kearney, RDH, MS Staff answered 1 year ago

Dental hygiene education is an exciting and rewarding career path. At a minimum you would need a master’s degree to be a full-time educator. Many programs are looking for faculty with at least a few years of clinical experience. More and more a doctoral degree is preferred, especially in baccalaureate dental hygiene programs. Salaries vary widely and are dependent on geographic location, type of institution, length of contract, and benefit packages. You can find some national data on the American Dental Education Association website. Best wishes on your future career!

Kathryn Dolan, RDH, MEd Staff answered 1 year ago

The degree qualifications and salaries will vary from school to school.  I would recommend a pursuing a Master’s degree in Dental Hygiene or Education if you are interested in teaching. I honestly wish I continued my education to receive a doctorate degree as it will help to open doors. Experience and education combined will make you an excellent candidate for teaching opportunities.

Cynthia C. Gadbury-Amyot, MSDH, EdD Staff answered 1 year ago

CODA – the Commission on Dental Accreditation requires that faculty possess, or be working on, a baccalaureate degree and then you will have to look carefully at job announcements to see what each institution is looking for – you can go on the ADHA website and type in the search box “dental hygiene education jobs” and it will come up with a list you can explore), how much is the salary  (this is entirely dependent upon the institution(s) that you are applying to but you can get a sense by checking out the following link on the American Dental Education Association website:  ADEA Survey of Allied Dental Program Directors, 2018 Summary and Results.pdf. You don’t necessarily need a doctoral degree but each program will have their requirements and most want a director that possesses a master’s degree or higher.