The professional track program is two years in length with a limited number of openings available each year. Prior to acceptance into the professional track, required prerequisite college courses must be completed. The program begins each fall semester with a cohort of students and upon successful completion of the 79 credit hour program, an Associate of Applied Science Dental Hygiene degree is granted from the college. The curriculum is taught using small group instruction with experienced and dedicated faculty providing hands-on training with state of the art equipment, including dental hygiene clinical experience in our on-campus patient care clinic.
Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association
The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
Originally accredited on: December 11, 1970; Last site visit: July 27-28, 2017. An accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements means: an accreditation classification granted to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.
National and Regional Board Examinations
Graduates from this program are eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board (NDHBE) examination and the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) examination. These exams are required by states for licensing to practice as a dental hygienist. Additionally, students may sit for two optional regional exams on local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation.
Selective Admission Information
May 1st Annual Application Deadline
The Dental Hygiene program is Selective Admissions, which means admission is competitive and does have program-specific entrance requirements. The deadline to apply each year is May 1st. The best information regarding the Dental Hygiene program is in the Advising guide. Guides are released each year and include detailed information on the program layout, application process, admission requirements, cost, and more. With only 24 seats available each year, admission into the program is determined using a point system. Applicants earn points based on course grades, degrees, and work experience. The 24 candidates with the highest scores are admitted. The complete point system is found in the Dental Hygiene Advising guide. Admission into the program is very competitive typically receiving triple the amount of applications as seats available.
To get started, follow the application process found on page 2 of the Dental Hygiene Advising Guide. To ensure you meet the admission requirements, schedule an appointment with a Health Careers Advisor by calling (517) 483-1957 option 4. For questions on the application process, contact Selective Admissions at email@example.com.
Dental Hygiene Program
Health and Human Services Division Office
HHS Building, 108