Dental Hygiene

We are guardians of grins and protectors of pearly whites

Dental hygienists are the first responders when it comes to recognizing, treating, and preventing oral disease. Job prospects for this licensed healthcare profession are growing and expected to keep smiles on graduates' faces. ACC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene that's fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. In addition to classroom training, students get hands-on patient care experiences in a state-of-the-art clinic. Both result in high rates of success on regional and national professional licensing exams.

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This program has specific program requirements and prerequisite courses. Acceptance to ACC does not guarantee admission to this program.

What skills can I gain?

Students develop expertise to assess and monitor medical and dental health histories, perform head and neck cancer screenings, carry out dental radiology procedures, identify oral and systemic health problems, treat oral diseases by removing deposits from teeth, apply therapeutic or preventive agents such as fluorides and dental sealants, and educate individuals and groups on oral health care and promotion.

How long will it take to get a degree?

It takes students at least two years to complete an associate degree in Dental Hygiene. Including prerequisite classes, most students require three years to complete the program.

Where can I work with this education?

The majority of graduates work in private dental practice settings. Dental hygienists can also work in hospital and institutional clinics, long-term care facilities, corporate health facilities, school systems, research facilities, dental insurance companies, corporate sales, and as teachers in dental hygiene programs.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.