U.S. News 2020 100 Best Jobs in America
The article says that the educational requirement for becoming an RDH requires an Associate’s degree while the educational requirements for becoming an RN requires a Bachelor's. This is not true!
There are 3 avenues of education to become an RN; a diploma, (according to the National League for Nursing, there are about 100 hospital-based Nursing Diploma Programs still available today),
an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelors. RN’s have huge diversity in employment choices and practice autonomy. They also have a VERY STRONG PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION and are a SELF-REGULATED PROFESSION!
There are 2 avenues of education to become an RDH; an Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s. In comparing the educational requirements of an Associate's level RN and Associates RDH, the amount of education for an RDH is equal to or greater than that of an RN.
Dental hygienists typically graduate from an AA program with just under 13 contact hours from that of a Bachelor’s degree requirement. It is unfortunate that US News didn’t do their homework!
POSITIVE CHANGE DOES NOT OCCUR IN A VACUUM, it takes hard work by national and state leaders!
If dental hygienists are interested in expanding their “perception” to the public of who they are as educated oral health professionals and the role they play, that they join their National Association (ADHA) and become involved in at the state level.