Dental Hygiene

Keep Central Texas smiling by becoming a dental hygienist. Austin Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program trains in a state-of-the-art facility where you learn to identify, treat, prevent, and educate patients on oral diseases to improve their health. This program offers an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree that provides job-ready skills and real-world experience so you can find a position as a dental hygienist in a variety of settings.

The Dental Hygiene Program at Austin Community College is a special admissions program with limited availability. Students preparing for the program should select "General Studies in Pre-Health Sciences" as their major on the application. Because requirements may change, consult the program website to confirm current requirements. Admission to the college does not guarantee entrance into a particular course or program of study.

Pride Points

100% license pass rate

Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation 

Faculty with an average of 26 years field experience

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA/Commission). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United State Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation (211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611, 800-621-8099;

Career & Salary Information

Dental hygiene graduates find careers in a fast-paced, growing field –– with full- and part-time options in dental offices, schools, and nursing homes. Here are just a few of the many career possibilities you might consider. 

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  • Dental Hygienists

    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.

    Hourly Wage: $

    Currently Employed:


    # people are employed as Dental Hygienists. This number is expected to # over the next four years.

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Awards & Program Maps


Choose the Award Path That’s Right for You

ACC offers stackable credentials. Certificates prepare you for a career change or career advancement and often include credits that count toward associate degrees. Associate degrees further increase your employability and help you build a strong foundation for university transfer. Learn more.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Dental Hygiene