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La Sierra University (College of Arts & Sciences)

La Sierra University is a Christian coeducational institution located in inland Southern California and is part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education.

The University offers graduate and undergraduate curricula in applied and liberal arts and sciences, business and management, religion, and programs for professional education in fulfillment of requirements for teaching credentials.

Intellectual pursuits are facilitated by the University Library, museums, Observatory, Arboretum, Brandstater Gallery, MICOL computing laboratory, Learning Support and Testing Center, Hancock and Stahl Centers, and other campus resources. Physical fitness is encouraged on campus by such activities as intramural and varsity sports, physical education courses, and by three swimming pools, a fitness center, and tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts.

The University buildings are on a gentle slope looking eastward over the Riverside valley, with its world-famous citrus and walnut groves and its palm-lined boulevards. The approximately 100 acres owned by the University allow, during the winter months, the snow-clad peaks of the surrounding ranges to be seen rising above the rolling open fields--a view of rare beauty from the campus, truly a scenic part of the Inland Empire.

The convenient access to Southern California’s wide range of both participatory and spectator activities enables the University to offer a multitude of unique cultural and educational experiences appropriate for the responsible student.

Pre-Dental Hygiene

Career Opportunities and Related Occupations: Dental Hygienists may work in dental offices, in the school system, health-related or governmental agencies, or may teach in schools of dental hygiene. The dental hygienist cleans teeth and provide other preventive dental care as well as teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene. Hygienists examine patients’ teeth and gums, recording the presence of disease or abnormalities. They remove stains and plaque from teeth; take and develop dental x-rays; place temporary fillings and periodontal dressings; and smooth and polish metal restorations.

Educational Qualifications: To be licensed, one must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program and pass both a written and clinical exam. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is usually required to do research, teach, or work in public or school health programs.

Job Outlook: Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2014, ranking among the fastest growing occupations, in response to increasing demand for dental care and the greater utilization of hygienists to perform services previously performed by dentists. Job prospects are

expected to remain excellent.

Salary: According to the American Dental Association, experienced dental hygienists who worked 32 hours a week or more in a private practice average about $2,000 a week or about $40.00 an hour.

School name:La Sierra UniversityCollege of Arts & Sciences
Address:4500 Riverwalk Pkwy.
Zip & city:92515 California
Phone:(951) 785-2000

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