Mentor Advice Forumfuture-in-dental-hygiene
AvatarEdmond asked 1 year ago

Hello. I am a student at SUNY Farmingdale. I had a question regarding career options in dental hygiene once I complete my Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. I wanted to know if i can enter the research field with a bachelor’s degree or if i need a master’s degree? If i need a master’s degree, than what field should i get it in?

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Alice M. Horowitz, RDH, MA, PhDAlice M. Horowitz, RDH, MA, PhD Staff answered 1 year ago

Yes, it might be possible to obtain an entry level position in research with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Doing so would provide you with valuable experience assuming you have a good mentor/supervisor. With such experience and mentoring, I would hope you would go on to earn a master’s degree that requires a thesis. With a master’s degree, you should have additional research skills. Considering earning an Master of Public Health degree. If you ultimately hope to be the primary investigator on studies, you likely will need a PhD. Good luck!