The combination of a rewarding career and good job prospects means that despite the program’s time commitment and reputation for challenging workload, it remains popular with career-minded students.
One thing that helps the Clark program stand out is the on-campus clinic, which the school remodeled in 2014.
“Students learn in a place that is at the top of industry standards,” Taylor said. “Students know they can step out into the workforce knowing about all of the newest tools. We’re constantly looking at what is new and what is expected in the industry.”
Challenging, but worth it
Now in his final term in the program, student David Leontyuk said he landed on dental hygiene after shadowing professionals in a variety of healthcare professions. He lives in Clackamas, Ore., but decided it was worth the travel to attend Clark due to the program’s positive reputation and his experiences talking with staffers and former students.
He said the professors work with students on becoming great clinicians in addition to learning all the ins and outs of dental hygiene. How? Each student has to work a set amount of clinical hours in the program, where they help treat the local community.