Program Description

This associate degree program prepares individuals for a career as a Dental Hygienist. The Dental Hygienist is a member of the dental team and helps individuals maintain oral health and prevent oral diseases. Under the supervision of a dentist, the hygienist inspects the mouth, removes stains and deposits from teeth, applies preventative agents, prepares clinical and diagnostic tests, completes dental x-rays and performs many other services related to oral care. Dental Hygienists counsel patients about preventive measures such as nutrition, oral hygiene and dental care. After graduating from an accredited program, Dental Hygienist graduates are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and clinical examinations given under the direction of the State Dentistry Examining Board, the American Dental Associations Joint Commission. The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission On Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611; telephone 800.621.8099; www.ADA.org/CODA. Potential occupations include: Dental Sales Representative, Dental Treatment Coordinator and Dental Hygienist. Please note: General Anatomy & Physiology (10-806-177) must be passed with a grade of "C" or better prior to submitting a petition for admission into this program.

Approximate Cost

$16,598
Tuition: $13098 , Books: $3500

Starting Salary

$52,347
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Students Enjoy…

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
40-50 %
at Antigo
40-50 %
at Medford
40-50 %
at Phillips
40-50 %
at Spencer
40-50 %
at Wittenberg
10-20 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Prerequisites

  • Candidates must be 18 years of age at the start of the Dental Hygienist program.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented client/patient dental hygiene care plan
  • Provide preventative and therapeutic services that promote oral health according to the needs of the patient/client
  • Formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan in collaboration with the client and other health professionals
  • Assess data on all aspects of patient/client health using methods consistent with dental hygienist scope of practice and legal principles
  • Manage infection and hazard control
  • Provide community oral health services in a variety of settings
  • Counsel clients/patients to reduce health risks
  • Model dental hygiene professional code of ethics

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Treatment Coordinator
  • Dental Sales Representative

Courses

The Dental Hygienist Associate Degree is a 70 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

DENTAL HEALTH SAFETY 1.00
GEN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4.00

Second Term

ORAL ANATOMY, EMBRY, HISTOLOGY 4.00
DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY 2.00
DENTAL HYGIENE PROCESS I 4.00
INTRO TO BIOCHEMISTRY 4.00
MICROBIOLOGY 4.00

Third Term

DENTAL HYGIENE PROCESS II 4.00
DENTAL HYGIENE ETHICS & PROFES 1.00
PERIODONTOLOGY 3.00
CARIOLOGY 1.00
NUTRITION AND DENTAL HEALTH 2.00
GENERAL & ORAL PATHOLOGY 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
SPEECH 3.00

Fourth Term

DENTAL HYGIENE PROCESS III 5.00
DENTAL MATERIALS 2.00
DENTAL PHARMACOLOGY 2.00
COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH 2.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Fifth Term

DENTAL HYGIENE PROCESS IV 4.00
DENTAL ANXIETY AND PAIN MANAGEMENT 2.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
ELECTIVE 1.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission On Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611; telephone 800.621.8099; www.ADA.org/CODA.

Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

School Name Degree Name
Lakeland University Business Administration with Healthcare Management Emphasis
Metropolitan State University Dental Hygiene
Minnesota State University-Mankato Dental Hygienist
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
UW Green Bay Bachelor of Applied Studies-Integrative Leadership Studies
UW Oshkosh B.S. in Human Services Leadership
UW Stevens Point B.S. in Health Science - Health Care Administration
Minnesota State University - Mankato Dental Hygienist

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Current CPR certification is required prior to clinical placement. Accepted certifications include Professional Rescuer & Healthcare Provider (ARC) or Healthcare Provider (AHA).

After admission to the college, you will be considered a pre-dental student. Students are eligible to submit a financial aid application at this point and can work to complete general education courses as laid out in the program curriculum. Students interested in beginning the core clinical dental program courses will submit an online form during designated petition dates. This program only starts during the fall semester, therefore the petition dates will be each spring semester.

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to admissions@ntc.edu, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores of 47 or above in math, 74 or above in reading, and 79 or above in sentence skills. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.