Dental Hygienist

Associate Degree

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. 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 to enroll in this program.

program at a Glance

Dental Hygienist 70 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo General Studies Only
  • Medford General Studies Only
  • Phillips General Studies Only
  • Spencer General Studies Only
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$15,737 (Tuition: $10870, Books: $4867)

Average Starting Salary

$51,983 Annually, based on the 2014 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

  • Dental Sales Representative
  • Dental Treatment Coordinator
  • Dental Hygienist

Course List

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Course List

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Additional program Information

No Wait Lists

This program uses a competitive petitioning process for admission instead of a wait list. Once you meet eligibility requirements, you can petition to start program-specific courses.

CPR Requirement

Current CPR certification is required upon admission to this program. Accepted certifications include Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider.

Criminal Background Check

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.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit www.ntc.edu/transfer for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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