Pima is a for-profit school, and the tuition will reflect that. Look at their employment placement rates, plus how many students are still in the program after one year. If you toured their facility and clinics, would you know what determines a great program? Ask where you get hands-on patient treatment hours--at the school or in a dentist's office? Ask to talk to graduates who have been in the field for several years and have them tell you about their experience. Have you looked at any community colleges that have dental hygiene programs?
Make sure you really want to be a hygienist before you commit to the field. Visit several dental offices and observe what hygienists do during a typical day. Ask them where they received their training.
Your chances? Possibly better than you think, once applicants find out the cost.
Before you pursue dental hygiene, visit your dentist and observe the hygienists. Check into hygiene programs in your area and see what requirements exist before you can even apply to the hygiene program. In my area, admission is very competitive. Schools ask that all general ed requirements be finished, usually in a year, then you apply and currently there is another year on the waiting list. You can also look into universities that offer a BS in dental hygiene, a 4 year program. To become a hygienist, you must graduate with an associate's degree (or BS), pass written and clinical boards, and be licensed.
If you are looking at technical programs, you might check out respiratory therapy, physical therapy assistant, radiology technician, occupational therapy assistant, pharmacy assistant.
I have a small office of 9 employees, 4 are FT. I offer PTO to FT employees only based on years of employment, plus 6 paid holidays. PTO accrues on an annual basis that starts after your 90 probation ends. After one year, a FT employee is entitled to one week PTO and is based on the number of hours she works per week. 32 hrs/week equals 32 hours PTO. You can quit the day after your anniversary hire date and I pay it all out. If you don't use it all, I pay the remainder out at your anniversary date.
I stopped the sick pay as everyone used it up first, sick or often not sick.
The type of retainer an orthodontist uses is usually practitioner-specific. The most common are the removable Essix, the cemented on lingual wire (usually front 6 teeth, usually lower only), and the removable wire with pink acrylic.
Retainers are for life. I find that most kids do best with the cemented on wire for the lowers and a removable Essix for the uppers. Minimal shifting as long as the kid wears it. Flossing with braces can be accomplished more easily with the Platypus flosser or the FlossFish.
We make retainers for kids who hate the wire/acrylic ones, who have some shifting but don't want to go back into braces, and others whose originals don't fit. Best compliance comes from upper and lower clear plastic essix retainers.
You are a lawyer, your husband is a physician, your daughter is a high school junior. And you tell me you are thinking you need to sell some "things" so your daughter will qualify for financial aid from FAFSA because you aren't sure you daughter's test scores will be high enough for need-based aid and you need to decrease your net worth.
Seriously. Your gross income is well over $300K per year; how can you be this ignorant about money and the college process?