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 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.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all curriculum courses in order to progress in the program.
In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include a laboratory fee, uniforms, shoes, instruments, physical and dental examinations, immunizations, health insurance, cost of licensure exams and miscellaneous other fees.
Employment: Almost all dental hygienists work in private or public dentists’ offices. A small number of hygienists worked in other settings, including offices of physicians, outpatient clinics, dental supply companies, and schools. Dental hygienists work closely with dentists.
Salary: Salaries for full-time employment range from $32,000 to $55,000 per year, depending upon geographic location, demand and experience.
Tuition for students taking fewer than 16 semester hours is $76.00 per semester hour for in-state students and $268.00 per semester hour for out-of-state students. Students enrolled for six or more semester hours credit will be charged a $30 student activity fee and a $16 technology fee; those enrolled for less than six semester hours will be charged a $15 student activity fee and an $8 technology fee. No student activity will be charged during the Summer Term