- Certificate or Associate's degree
An in-depth interview that may help you decide whether you'd like to become a dental hygienist.
Josie Collins has been fascinated by dental care from a very young age. Unlike most children, she anticipated family trips to the dentist with excitement rather than terror. And unlike most childhood fascinations, this one stuck. When the time finally came for her to start thinking about her future, Collins’ decision was obvious; she enrolled in dental school and started working toward her dream career as a dental hygienist.
Today, at age 46, that dream has become a reality—although Collins still speaks about her work with the excitement of a fascinated child. “I love dealing with people, I love helping people, and that’s what dental hygiene is all about,” she explains when I ask her why she’s so happy in her career. “I know it’s kind of odd,” she laughs, “but it’s true! I just love what I do.”