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Dental Hygienists VS Phlebotomists. September 27, 2012. Advantages of choosing this career. A phlebotomist draws blood from patients, test the blood for records or for donating , they are always on hand for medical procedures such as emergency victims.

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advantages of choosing this career
Advantages of choosing this career
  • A phlebotomist draws blood from patients, test the blood for records or for donating, they are always on hand for medical procedures such as emergency victims.
  • Most of all, this career is in high demand.
  • Dental hygienists finish certain procedures for the dentist.
  • Most dental hygienists advance through increased pay and education. Some advance into management positions and supervise other hygienists.
suggested high school courses
Suggested high school courses

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:


Anatomy and Physiology

Computer Fundamentals



  • Anatomy and Physiology,
  • Computer Fundamentals,
  • Dental Assisting,
  • Health Education,
  • Keyboarding
  • Safety and First Aid.
cost of college
Cost of college



Basic Phlebotomy course rounds about 42-96 hours depending on the college.

Exam review is 8 hours, and Clinicals are 120 hours.

The total of 200 hours and a fee of $1,350 or more depending on the college.

  • Typically the two-year program averages $4,600 for in-state students.
  • Out of state averages from $10,000 -$21,600 for two years.
  • There are additional cost for books and equipment for clinicals which is about $1,400- $1,700.
  • There is also a $950 test to earn a license to practice in this profession.
school availability location
School availability/location
  • For dental hygiene as well as phlebotomy professions of medical field are found:
  • In Idaho there are five school with dental hygienist programs: Boise State University, Milan Institute, Idaho state university and College of Southern Idaho.
  • In Oregon there are five schools with dental hygienist programs: Pacific University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Apollo College Portland and Lane Community College
  • All schools are subject to availability if you fill out application and some school also require SAT/PSAT scores.
expected salary
Expected Salary
  • In Oregon, starting wages for phlebotomists average about $1,906 per month. Top wages average $2,532 per month.
  • The worker's level of experience, education, and responsibility also affect wages.
  • Dental Hygienists In Oregon wages for hygienist average about $4,852 per month. And in Idaho average monthly pay averages around $4,809
  • Wages increase with the higher degree you get and experience.
length of time to obtain degree training
Length of time to obtain degree/training
  • It takes approximately 4 months depending on whether you go full time or part time.
  • Courses are more of a hands on class.
  • Phlebotomist do not have formal education the courses they take teaches them proper use of lab equipment and drawing blood.
  • A career as a dental hygienist requires anywhere from 2-4 years of school, dental hygiene school curriculum involves laboratory and clinical practice.
  • In order to practice as a dental hygienist, one needs a degree from a dental hygiene school and a state license. To become licensed, dental hygienists need to pass a clinical and written exam.
disadvantages of choosing this career
Disadvantages of choosing this career
  • Follow instructions
  • Pay attention to detail.
  • Responsible for record-keeping
  • Which involves making computer entries.
  • Need to have healthy vision
  • Good hand-eye coordination.
  • Requires repetitive tasks.
  • Stay in the same building all day long.
  • Well…Hygienist clean teeth all day long.
  • They also educate patients, complete medical records, provide screenings, and sometimes administer shots.
which career occupation is best for me
Which career occupation is best for me
  • Either one of these medical field positions are vary interesting to me. Because I really want to get a profession within the medical field. So if it were for me I would go for either. Which ever fits into my schedule at the moment I decide to sign up for school. I would also be interested in perusing a career in nursing.
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