How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Mississippi - MS
Professionally trained and licensed Dental Hygienists in Mississippi are expected to be in high demand through the year 2016, and the profession is expected to grow by nearly 31%. In Mississippi opportunities for these professionals to find gainful employment should abound as the dental field is expected to maintain solid growth along with low levels of unemployment.
How to Become a Dental Hygienist in Mississippi
- Before you can become a dental hygienist you must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Immerse yourself in the dental hygienist profession by shadowing a practicing professional.
- Find a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) approved dental hygiene program. The coursework will typically be completed in two-years, though there are four year bachelor's and advanced programs in Dental Hygiene.
- Contact the Mississippi branch of the American Heart Association to learn how to get CPR certification or verify that your CPR training is up-to-date. You will need to maintain your CPR card as a practicing dental hygiene professional as well.
- Take the national board examination to become a registered dental hygienist in Mississippi.
- Passing the national board examination signifies to dental professionals in Mississippi that you have competency and ability to work as a registered dental hygienist in the state.