This program trains you to be a valuable asset in a high-tech modern dental office! You will learn practical skills such as taking patient medical and dental histories, teaching oral hygiene, scaling and polishing teeth, taking x-rays, and applying preventative agents. The program prepares you through courses, labs and clinical experiences on campus and in the community. Graduates may find employment with private dental offices, public health clinics, local state and federal agencies, educational institutions and dental supply companies.
Salaries for full-time employment range from $32,000 to $55,000 per year, depending upon geographic location, demand and experience.
Credentials available: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene
Average Class Size: 30
Things to Consider: Graduates must pass the written National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and the clinical Council of Interstate Testing (CITA) Regional Exam in order to be licensed to practice Dental Hygiene in North Carolina. Background checks will be conducted before licensure by the N.C. Board of Dental Examiners.
Additional Admission Requirements: Admission into this program is limited. For details on the process and criteria, visit the Allied Health Admissions Requirements page.
Dental Hygiene (A45260)