Allied Health Schools in Colorado

Allied health providers work as assistants, technologists, therapists, consultants, technicians, and trainers in a number of diverse healthcare professions and fields of expertise. In Colorado, accredited allied health programs can be found at trade schools, community colleges and four-year universities. Several schools have dental hygiene programs which prepare students to work as dental hygienists, through classroom instruction and laboratory training.  A pre-dental hygiene track, which gives students a chance to complete prerequisite courses and a better chance at being accepted into a two or four year program, is offered at some colleges and universities in the state.

In order to earn an Associate or Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree students are required to gain field experience, and successfully complete a number of specialized clinical practice training courses in addition to several basic courses in biology, chemistry, sociology, psychology, philosophy (ethics), kinesiology (CPR) and health administration (nutrition).

Dental hygienists work under the supervision of a dentist, as direct-care allied health workers work under doctors and registered nurses, to provide patients with routine dental care, preventative care, and treatment to restore oral health.

The Board of Dental Examiners mandated that all dental hygienists in Colorado have a license in order to practice. For dental hygienists remain in good standing and continue practicing, the license must be renewed on even-numbered years. To receive a license, one must show proof of having passed a state clinical examination and completed a two year dental hygiene program which has been accredited by the American Dental Association

The demand for dental hygienists depends is tied to the condition of the economy. During economic downturns, patients consume fewer dental health services, and when the economy is booming, people spend more money on preventative services such as teeth cleanings, and to maintain or improve their oral health. Nationwide, dental hygienists earn $68,250 per year, while in Colorado the average annual wage of dental hygienists is $40,000 (indeed.com). In Colorado, like in other states, dental hygienists are most likely to find employment at dental schools, clinics, hospitals, and private dental offices.

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