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Dental Hygiene instructor

Dental Hygiene


About the Program

Dental Hygiene is an Associate in Applied Science degree program accredited by the American Dental Association.  The program is designed to prepare you for career opportunities as a licensed dental hygienist, who working under the direction of a licensed dentist, assists in providing oral health assessment, disease prevention and health promotion. Dental Hygiene is a limited enrollment program.

Program Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene program has been granted accreditation status by the American Dental Association.


Career Opportunities

Dental hygienists generally work in a dentist’s office, assisting in providing oral care by cleaning teeth and examining patients for signs of gingivitis and other conditions and teaching patients about preventive care. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for dental hygienists in 2012 was $70,210.

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Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

Your degree requirements will include general education, dental hygiene and science courses. To graduate, you will need to maintain a grade of “C” or better in each dental hygiene course.

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Dental Hygiene Program

Tour the Dental Hygiene clinic and classrooms at the College of Lake County's Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan and see them in action, working with patients, students and faculty. Meet current and former students and hear about this high quality, accredited program.