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Dental Hygienist

Associate of Applied Science


Program Description

Dental Hygienists are licensed preventive oral health specialists who support total health and well-being through the promotion of optimal oral health by providing services through educational, clinical, research, administrative and therapeutic settings.

Dental Hygienists may work as a member of an oral health or medical team focusing on the prevention of oral disease including assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation. As a student in this program, you will be providing direct care and education to a variety of patients across the lifespan who have varying degrees of special health care needs.

Students graduating from an accredited Dental Hygiene program are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and clinical exams administered under the direction of the State Dentistry Examining Board, the American Dental Associations Joint Commission.

Financial Aid Eligible

This program is financial aid eligible. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.

Bachelors Degree Completion

Bachelor's degree completion options are available in a wide variety of educational and institutional settings. Wisconsin dental hygiene students interested in a degree completion option are eligible to apply to the Minnesota State University, Mankato online Bachelor of Science degree completion program. To learn more visit

Potential Careers

In addition to clinical practice, a dental hygienist may be employed in a variety of career pathways including: education, sales, community programs, local, state, federal or tribal health programs, health care related project management, marketing and research. Entrepreneurial opportunities also exist.

A career in Dental Hygiene offers flexible full or part-time employment in a variety of practice settings including private dental practice, community health settings, nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, schools, higher education, and state, federal and tribal government or work as an independent contractor.

Learn more about Dental Hygiene by visiting the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) website at


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