While Kansas currently has no dental schools, six colleges offer dental hygienist schools. The field is dynamic and currently expanding, not only into a promising career, but also into a well-connected and supportive state-wide professional community.
Five community and technical colleges offer associate’s degrees in dental hygiene. These two-year programs require a high school diploma and, most often, a course or two of prerequisites in biology and chemistry. Students learn about all aspects of oral hygiene, as well as technical skills concerning radiology and treatment procedures. All graduates of dental assisting schools will have completed clinical requirements, as well. State certification includes both a written and clinical exam upon graduation.
Wichita State University is the only one of all the dental hygienist schools in Kansas that offers a four-year bachelor’s degree. The degree is research-based, with several partnership programs within the community and professional mentoring. Scholarship information is readily available to potential applicants. Certification is the same for all dental hygienists, but bachelor’s level coursework is more extensive and offers greater potential for higher salaries.