Dental Hygiene
Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Department
To apply to the Dental Hygiene Program, please create an account with Castle Branch (formerly Certified Profile) You will need to use code UL64im and upload your immunizations. Then when you are ready to upload your application documents, you will use code UL57im. Once all your documents and immunizations have been cleared (green checks), turn in your application by the February 1st deadline.

A dental hygienist is a licensed health care professional. Dental hygiene is the science and practice of the recognition, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program are eligible to work in any number of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, and nursing homes.

The Dental Hygiene Program (Program) at Austin Community College meets college, state and national requirements. At the national level, the accrediting body is the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA Commission). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and its scope encompasses dental programs, advanced dental programs, and allied dental education like dental hygiene. The Program in Dental Hygiene has been granted the accreditation status of approval (with reporting requirements) by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The CODA will accept comments and complaints about our Program. The Commission will consider only formal, written, signed complaints, unsigned complaints will be considered "anonymous complaints", oral complaints will not be considered. Anonymous comments/complaints may be received at any time and will be added to the respective program's file for evaluation during the program's next scheduled accreditation site visit. The next program site visit by the Commission is scheduled to occur in 2019. An appropriate complaint is one that directly addresses a program's compliance with the Commission's standards, policies and procedures.

You may contact the Commission at:

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Telephone: 1-800-621-8099 1-312-440-4653

www.ada.org/en/coda

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Department Announcements
Dental Hygiene Degree Plan Change: Effective November 11, 2016 to be implemented with the 2017-18 academic year In order to meet the educational requirements specified by our accrediting agency, the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, and stay within the legislated 68 semester hour degree cap, we are adding Introduction to Chemistry with lab (CHEM 1305 + 1105) and removing Introduction to Speech Communications (SPCH 1311).

For those applying for admission to the Program for the entering class of 2017, the ranking score formula will NOT award points for either the chemistry course or the speech course.
Posted: 11/21/2016 12:19 pm

Patient Information: If you would like to be a patient, please call our office at (512) 223-5710 to schedule a screening appointment. For related information, please click on the left-side menu item “Patient Information”.
Posted: 11/21/2016 12:14 pm

All students that have not been accepted into an ACC Health Sciences program should declare Associate of Science in Pre-Health Sciences for their major. Once accepted into a program, the students major will be updated.
Posted: 06/20/2016 5:21 pm