Considering a Return to Dental Hygiene?

As a professional educator and dental hygiene expert, I know that returning to the field after taking a break can be challenging. That’s why we developed a course to help address the challenges and ease the self-doubt and anxiety hygienists experience when they are pursuing re-entry.

Are you a dental hygienist who took a break to raise your children or for other reasons and now want to return to the profession?
maybe you’re considering a move to a new state that requires a lot of continuing education credits or need to re-license because your license has lapsed.
perhaps the doctor is retiring, and the new owner expects staff to be current in the latest technologies and you are questioning your ability to compete with newer grads.

Whatever your situation, you may find that the dental hygiene profession has changed quite a bit since you last worked in it.

But don’t worry – returning to dental hygiene is now better than ever before! There is excellent pay and greater career opportunities in alternative practice settings, public health, and corporate environments. And with the right guidance, you can find the right office that fits your needs and personality.

Professional Learning Services (PLS) has helped hygienists with a wide range of experience successfully return to work. From the hygienists that graduated, passed their boards but never practiced to those that have been out of practice for over 30 years. Since 1987, we’ve been providing dental hygiene refresher programs designed specifically for non-practicing dental hygienists seeking reinstatement or practicing hygienists looking to update their clinical skills.

Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs and learning styles of adult professionals who have been away from practice. We offer small group programs that feature one-on-one attention and instruction in state-of-the-art facilities. We also provide professional guidance on licensing, education, affiliation, state requirements, and employment.

The course itself covers a wide range of topics, including infection control and OSHA standards, medical history, vital signs, oral assessment, radiology techniques and interpretation, treatment planning, computerized documentation and record-keeping, recognition and control of periodontal diseases and caries through treatment and patient education, instrument selection and application, instrument care and maintenance, posture and positioning, preventive and adjunctive services and products, and professional resources. There are two days of hands-on live-patient practice, so you’ll gain valuable experience before returning to the field.

Many hygienists have successfully completed our refresher program and have gone on to secure great positions in the field. There are testimonials and comments from many of them on the home page.

So if you’re considering returning to dental hygiene after a break, consider enrolling in our refresher program. Here’s the link for more information:

We’re here to help you make a smooth transition back into the profession!

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