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Dental Hygiene Program, Michigan's Largest, Earns Tribute from NursingProcess.Org

PhotoThe Dental Hygiene program in Ferris State University's College of Health Professions ranks among the state's best, according to Champaign, Illinois-based, an online clearinghouse for information and research on nursing and health care education.

An online guide for nursing and healthcare education lists Ferris State University's Dental Hygiene program among Michigan's best. The website with provides its assessment to more than 100,000 students monthly.

Ferris' Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene grants third-year curriculum students the ability to take the professional licensing exam of Michigan and other states. Theresa Raglin, the associate dean for operations, assessment and compliance in the College of Health Professions, is a program alumna. She said AAS graduates and Dental Hygiene students from other schools favor Ferris' online Bachelor of Science degree.

"It has proven to be a valuable option for those intending to establish themselves professionally or for those seeking to become leaders at their workplace," Raglin said. "Ours is the largest Dental Hygiene program in the state, with great facilities for learning and more than 50 years of experience in providing this career opportunity."

Ferris' Dental Hygiene graduates earn high marks from their employers, according to Raglin.

"Graduates are employed at dental practices and clinics throughout the state," Raglin said. "We are proud to receive these reports, as employers are impressed by our graduates' skills and abilities when they take their place at these offices."

The report publisher,, boasts a 10-year history of researching and presenting reports on nursing and health care programs in each state to provide an independent assessment of more than 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions, nationally. Raglin said Ferris is pleased to trail only the University of Michigan's program in this report.

"Our ability to provide a full-fledged university experience for our students in a rural setting is one of our key attributes," Raglin said. "We believe the training and campus community available to our students is perhaps the chief reason we enjoy an offering of this size and stature."