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Dental Hygienist

Associate of Applied Science - 70 Credits


The dental hygienist is a member of the dental team and helps individuals maintain oral health and prevent oral diseases. Under the supervision of a dentist, the hygienist inspects the mouth, removes stains and deposits from teeth, applies preventative agents, prepares clinical and diagnostic tests, completes dental x-rays, and performs many other services related to oral care. Dental hygienists counsel patients about preventive measures such as nutrition, oral hygiene, and dental care.

Financial Aid Eligible

This program is eligible for financial aid after August 9, 2013. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.

Program Outcomes

  1. Model dental hygiene professional code of ethics.
  2. Counsel clients/patients to reduce health risks.
  3. Provide community oral health services in a variety of settings.
  4. Manage infection and hazard control.
  5. Assess data on all aspects of patient/client health using methods consistent with dental hygienist scope of practice and legal principles.
  6. Formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan in collaboration with the client and other health professionals.
  7. Provide preventive and therapeutic services that promote oral health according to the needs of the patient/client.
  8. Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented client/patient dental hygiene care plan.

Potential Careers

A registered Dental Hygienist may practice dental hygiene in a health department, private practice, long term care facility, or school. Graduates may find employment on a part-time or full-time basis.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

  • Dental Hygiene Instructor
  • Public Health Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Dental Sales
  • Dental Insurance Review Analyst


  • Third-Party Policy Posting (PDF)
  • The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "initial accreditation". The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611. The Commission's web address is:
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