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Dental Hygiene

Available at the Hastings Campus

    Dental hygiene is one of the nation’s fastest growing occupations, according to the U. S. Department of Labor, which projects a 33 percent increase in employment over a 10-year period ending in 2022.

    Dental hygienists are employed in a variety of settings. While the private practice dental office is the most common, the changing health care needs of the public are providing opportunities in extended health care facilities such as dental clinics and nursing homes. 

    Nebraska’s only Dental Hygiene associate of applied science program is located at CCC-Hastings.  

    The associate of applied science degree provides a well-rounded education in the areas of general education, basic sciences, dental sciences and dental hygiene sciences. A traditional approach to the classroom, laboratory and clinical portions of the program allows for practical application of theory throughout the curriculum.

    Dental Hygiene students attend regularly scheduled group lecture and laboratory classes. They also gain practical experience in our 15-chair dental hygiene clinic by providing services to the public, including scaling, polishing, exposing and processing X-rays, applying topical fluoride and sealants and providing dental health education and nutrition counseling. Clinical practice is supervised by licensed dentists and registered dental hygienists.

    A 1:5 faculty-student ratio in clinical practice and 1:15 ratio in lecture and laboratory classes assure plenty of personal attention for each student.

    Students provide services to the public in the campus dental hygiene clinic as well as in a variety of office settings off-campus. Participation in dental health education programs in schools and community dental health projects is a continuing part of the curriculum as well.

    Graduates are eligible to take national and regional examinations which are required to become a Registered Dental Hygienist (R.D.H.).

    Accreditation - The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

    Dental Hygiene Forms


    Following are printer-friendly forms needed to complete the application process for the Dental Hygiene program. If you don't have  Adobe Acrobat Reader, please install it on your computer before trying to open any of these documents.

    Dental Hygiene Admissions Criteria

    Dental Hygiene Application

    Criteria for Dental Observation

    Dentist Acknowledgement of Observation 

    Estimated Additional Program Cost 

    Dental Hygiene Student Handbook

    For more information about the profession, go to the Web page for the  American Dental Hygienist's Association  and the  Nebraska Dental Hygienist's Association 

    • At 2017-18 tuition and fee rates, completing prerequisite courses and requirements for a total of 81 credits, the Dental Hygiene degree costs:

      Nebraska residents - $8,100
      Non-residents - $11,664

      These costs are for tuition and fees only for the program of study as listed in the CCC online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses, retaking courses or taking courses in addition to those required for the degree. It does not include the cost of books, supplies, tools, computers or other items that may be required.

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    • Finish in 3 years by completing 12-14 credits a semester for 6 semesters and 1 summer session

      The Dental Hygiene associate of applied science degree requires a maximum of 81 credits of course work, including prerequisite courses that must be completed prior to admission to the program. The program can be completed in three years, including six semesters and one summer session.

      The length of time to complete a program is based on a student taking only the courses required for the program as listed in our online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses that may be required based on COMPASS, ASSET or ACT scores, retaking courses or taking courses that are not required by your program of study.

      Your adviser will develop a plan of study to meet your personal needs.

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