Dental software boosts academic performance as health sector grows

December 3rd, 2013

University administrators can leverage dental hygiene school software to enhance the quality of programs as industry trends change and more students pursue careers in health care.

A recent report from Forbes highlighted the rapid growth in job creation among medical care providers. The publication cited 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that anticipated the health care and social assistance industries would account for 28 percent of all new jobs created in the entire U.S. economy through 2020. At the same time, the agency said it expected wages and salaries in the health care sector to increase 27 percent through 2014.

Dental hygiene continues to be an especially popular career option for today's students. In fact, Forbes said the job search website CareerCast recently compiled a list of the top health care jobs in the U.S. Dental hygienist was ranked No. 2 in a list of 12 other occupations, such as biomedical engineer and optometrist. CareerCast said the most current annual median salary information for dental hygiene work is $79,000 with a projected job growth rate of 38 percent through 2020. According to Forbes, many students are also attracted to the fact that landing a job in this field only requires a two-year associate degree. Individuals are less likely to have to pay off large amounts of student loan debt in the future when they pursue shorter degrees. 

Universities are in an unique position to facilitate and maintain growth in the oral health industry. By investing in dental hygiene academic software tools, educators and administrators can bring 21st century technology into their ongoing operations.

How else can schools leverage technology to enhance the academic management process?

Greater organization
As long as the oral health industry continues to offer attractive salaries with ample job opportunities, universities can expect increasing enrollment numbers for dental hygiene programs in the future. A growing student population can quickly become a challenge for administrators that don't have access to the right management technology. One of the principal benefits of advanced dental software is that it can be seamlessly integrated with both clinical and academic operations. In other words, faculty can use these tools to grade exams, create course syllabi and otherwise keep better track of student performance. An automated system will allow these schools to increase enrollment numbers without compromising efficiency.

Access to advanced educational tools
Universities have taken an increasingly collaborative approach to dental hygiene education. For example, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded a $1.3 million grant to the Michigan Department of Community Health's Oral Health Program to make it easier for local academic intuitions such as the University of Michigan and Ferris State University to train students with interdisciplinary tools. Dental software is a valuable complement to any educational partnership. The use of electronic health records allows for a simple method for compiling and sharing information between different parties. 

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