Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program in Dental Hygiene is designed to prepare knowledgeable, competent, entry-level dental hygienists. Students who successfully complete program requirements and attain licensure as dental hygienists are prepared to enter the workforce as members of the dental healthcare team. While designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into the workforce, the program is articulated with select four-year institutions to benefit those seeking baccalaureate-level study in the field.
Admission Requirements: The Dental Hygiene program requires an application process beyond admission to the College. See the Dental Hygiene program admissions section of our webpage for admissions requirements and processes.
Financial Requirements: In addition to college tuition, fees, and course textbooks, the Dental Hygiene program has additional costs for which students will be responsible. Costs may include but are not limited to admissions testing, criminal background check, medical examination, immunizations/titers, CPR certification, uniforms, dental care instrumentation and supplies, transportation to and from clinical sites, and certification and licensure fees. Contact the Health Professions division office for additional information.
Accreditation: The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized body recognized by the U.S. 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 http://www.ada.org.
Articulation Agreement: Students who are interested in transferring to Old Dominion University to continue the Dental Hygiene , Dental Hygiene Health Sciences , or Dental Hygiene Post-Licensure plan should meet with Academic Advising early to determine and discuss requirements.