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Dental Hygiene

Two good jobs, both good money

We can put you on the fast track to two different high-paying jobs in dentistry. Assistants work with dentists and perform lab and X-ray work. Hygienists provide cleaning, exams, and X-rays under supervision of a dentist. Check to learn about salaries in the Henderson area for assistants and hygienists.

How do I know if I'm Interested in the Dental Hygiene Program?

If you are interested in finding out more about the Dental Hygiene program, go through the Pre-Admission Conference Presentation.

dental hygiene student examining patientWhere do dental assistants and hygienists work?

Assistants are employed by dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, pediatric dentists, and orthodontists. Hygienists work in dental offices, clinics, dental schools, and public health and government agencies.

What do I study?

In dental hygiene, you gain scientific knowledge through lectures, clinical work, and related courses. In both dental hygiene and dental assisting, you take courses in the following:

  • General studies
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Dental sciences
  • Clinical sciences
  • Radiography (X-rays)
  • Clinical experience

Check the Dental Assistant/Dental Hygiene Academic Plan for more information. The Dental Hygiene program is a Selective Admissions program.  The Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs are accredited by the American Dental Association's Council on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Academic Plans

  • Dental Hygiene (4114) 2013-14 (PDF  XLS)
  • Dental Assisting Diploma (4114) 2013-14 (PDF  XLS

What type of degrees/certificates will I receive?



  • Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

What do I get for my hard work?

With a degree in dental hygiene, you are ready to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination. Our dental assistance program prepares you to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination. Assistants may also earn certificates in:

  • Coronal Polishing
  • Expanded-Duty Dental Assisting
  • Dental Radiology

For more information contact:

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Kim Dean
Program Coordinator
Academic & Technical Building, Room 103