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About the Pre-Dental Hygiene

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Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

Dental hygienists work in offices of general dentists and dental specialists, public health agencies, hospitals, community clinics, public school systems, dental schools, dental hygiene education programs, and dental equipment/product sales and research.

The Pre-Dental Hygiene program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare you for higher education in the field, and is designed to fulfill the requirements of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Dentistry.


Responsibilities of a dental hygienist:

  • Removes tartar, stains and plaque from teeth
  • Takes and develops dental X-rays
  • Keeps track of patient care and treatment plans
  • Applies preventative materials like sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth
  • Teaches patients oral hygiene, such as how to brush and floss correctly

Median Pay: $77,810 per year

9% Projected Employment Growth

from 2021 to 2031 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Data based on cumulative placement statistics for the last 3 years

86% Accepted


Brooke Butterfield

"I truly don’t know where I would be without this university and all it has to offer. I could not be happier. Also, I am so excited to move forward with dental hygiene school and my career.” “I am so thankful to attend UNK because everyone I meet has impacted me. I will never forget where I started – here at UNK."

Brooke Butterfield

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