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Area of Study: Health Sciences
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Health Sciences
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Dental Hygiene

Strengthen and protect your job outlook

As one of the only health professionals that we’re all supposed to see every six months, dental hygienists are always in demand. Austin Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program provides extensive classroom training and invaluable real-world experience. Hours spent in our state-of-the-art clinic will help you develop both the technical skills and comfort with patients that this rewarding career requires. Upon completion of this program you will be ready to take regional and national licensing exams.

Career Information

As a dental hygienist, you’ll work with a dentist to provide care, make observations, and offer preventive knowledge that supports the oral health of your patients. Because dental services are required by such a large percentage of the population, demand for dental hygiene skills will remain high, with excellent opportunities in a wide range of settings.

Dental hygienist, whether in a private practice dental setting or employed in a hospital, long-term care facility, corporate health clinic, school system, research, dental insurance, corporate sales, or as a teacher in a dental hygiene program.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Dental Hygienists
36.42 Hourly Wage 1227 Currently Employed
Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.
1227 Dental Hygienists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 13.69 % over the next four years.
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Dental Laboratory Technicians
16.98 Hourly Wage 119 Currently Employed
Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.
119 Dental Laboratory Technicians are employed. This number is expected to increase by 5.88 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

Program Resources

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Program Maps

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Program Accreditations

Accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA/Commission). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United State Department of Education and its scope encompasses dental programs, advanced dental programs, and allied dental education like dental hygiene. The American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678, 800-621-8099; www.ada.org/en/coda ).

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.

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