There are plenty of dental hygienist schools in America today, but your research should also inform you of the importance of the following two things, the admittance rate, and the graduation rate.
First, the admittance rate, this should give you a picture of not only the popularity or degree of demand for this program, but it will also give you a picture of just how picky the admissions process can be.
The more difficult the process, the more you will have to be able to walk on water so to speak in order to gain admission. For the best students, this can be effortless, but for the more marginal student, it may almost certainly mean they have a better chance at winning the lottery than gaining admission to such a program.
There is often an important reason for this. Many schools of this type have established a highly regarded reputation in the industry for turning out some of the finest examples of the professionals practicing in the field. They are focused on ensuring that the best students who have the best chance of completing the course work and graduating will receive the schools best effort at training them.
What the best schools do not want is, to allow easy entry and then experience high rates of dropout for people who don’t take the programs serious enough. This type of student wastes resources and time by instructors who could better deliver training to students who are focused on establishing “best effort” practices.
Second, the graduation rate is the ratio of number of students that start the program, versus the number who actually end up completing the program. A school with a very high attrition rate is not where you want to be.
Either the program is so difficult that a majority of students simply quit, or they accept far too many unqualified and unprepared candidates who pay their tuition up front, but are soon overwhelmed by the curriculum and give up. If they graduate the majority of each class, you too may have reason to expect a successful outcome.
In a sense, the two factors can provide a measure of security concerning the stability and effectiveness of the school and its protocol for admitting only the students that have the best opportunity to complete the program and graduate as a dental hygienist.
Your own learning experience will be greatly enhanced by training with the most motivated and ambitious students available. If you’re good enough to be accepted and disciplined enough to do your best and graduate, there’s every chance that you will become an excellent representative of the profession.