Offered at Main Campus
The Dental Hygiene program is a 24-month (eight term) program that prepares the student to be an oral health professional. The curriculum is comprised of Dental Hygiene and general education courses as required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Dental Hygiene program contains didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences.
The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). 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. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/prof/ed/programs/search_index.asp.
Graduates will become employed in private dentist’s offices, public health agencies, community health offices, hospitals and schools. Upon successful completion, students are awarded Associate of Applied Science degrees in Dental Hygiene. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene (NBDHE) and clinical board exam CRDTS.
To apply, complete an IHCC application and submit high school transcripts or High School Equivalency Diploma scores and take one of the following: ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER test. Testing may be scheduled by calling the IHCC Testing Center at (641) 683-5142 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5142. This program will begin in the Fall term of each year.
Criminal background, drug screening, and dependent adult and child abuse record checks are required prior to beginning the program.
Note: Indian Hills Community College would like to inform all students that may enter the dental hygiene program, that they will have exposure to infectious diseases. However, infection control procedures are mandated to prevent the contamination and spread of diseases.
Program Total: 86 Credits