Dental Hygiene

Program updates are in progress, please refer to the 2016-2017 course catalog (PDF) for program information.

Associate of Applied Science

A dental hygienist is a preventive oral care professional licensed to provide educational, clinical and therapeutic dental hygiene services to the public.

Flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of this job. Full-time, part-time, evening, and weekend work is widely available. Earnings vary by geographic location, employment settings and years of experience. 

About the Program

This unique 16-month program combines academic study with supervised clinical experience. Graduates of the program receive the Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the appropriate national, regional and/or state examinations. Applicants are encouraged to contact the state boards of dentistry in the states in which they wish to practice for individual licensing requirements and circumstances for licensure denial.

The LCCC dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without reporting requirements." 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, Illinois 60611-2678. The program is currently accredited until 2017.

The dental hygiene program is a vigorous study of advanced science classes offered in an accelerated format. General education and basic science courses are essential to prepare students to succeed. Therefore, applicants are required to complete predental hygiene course requirements. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Completion of the prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into the dental hygiene program. Additionally, LCCC's academic skills assessment and placement policy apply.

Students in the 2015-2016 Dental Hygiene class will follow the 2014-2015 catalog curriculum.

Program Goals

  1. Prepare dental hygiene graduates to be well-qualified, entry-level practitioners who possess the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based dental hygiene care, practice informed decision making based on current research and function as integral members of the dental health team through demonstrated competence as defined by Program Competencies.
  2. Promote the health and well being of the public by providing quality, clinical dental hygiene care assured through a comprehensive, quality-assurance program.
  3. Support and promote the personal and professional development of faculty, staff and students by fostering professional behaviors consistent with legal and ethical expectations through professional activities, continuing education programs and community and college service.
    a. Participate in and support service activities and affiliations with organizations that advance the mission of the college, department and profession.
  4. Practice teaching excellence reflective of current dental hygiene and educational theories and practices.
    a. Use faculty expertise and current educational methodologies to provide quality and contemporary didactic and clinical dental hygiene education through a competency-based curriculum.

Program Articulation

This program is articulated with the following institution. Any deviations from the prescribed course list will not articulate.

Cost of Attendance

Students can visit the Cost of Attendance page specific for this program to learn more about additional costs.