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Dental Hygiene

Health Care Professions career cluster

Available on Northeast Campus Only

Dental Hygiene is a 2-year Associate of Applied Science Degree program that includes classroom instruction and clinical rotations.

The program provides quality entry-level dental hygiene education in an advanced technological, humanistic, cost-effective atmosphere.

Please review the Dental Hygiene Program Mission Statement and Goals.

Dental Hygienist Responsibilities

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases to protect teeth and gums and on protecting patients' total health. Duties are physically demanding.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Assessing and monitoring medical histories
  • Performing head and neck cancer screenings
  • Obtaining and assessing dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • Treating oral diseases
  • Removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from above and below gumlines using dental instruments
  • Applying cavity-preventive agents, such as fluorides and sealants, to the teeth
  • Educating patients on proper oral hygiene techniques to maintain healthy teeth and gums
  • Counseling patients about smoking cessation and the importance of good nutrition for maintaining optimal oral health.


Our Dental Hygiene Program has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA), based on the 2010 Program review. The next Program site visit by the Commission is scheduled for 2017.

The ADA CODA will accept comments from students and patients about our Program. All comments submitted must pertain to the standards relative to the Program or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process.

A copy of the Dental Hygiene Educational Standards, the Commission's policies and procedures used in the accreditation process, and the policy on third party comments are available for review. You may contact the Commission:

American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678
1-800-621-8099 ext. 4653 or 1-312-440-2500

Note About Program Policies

Individuals who provide dental hygiene services may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens that may result in human disease.

If you are a student or faculty member who experiences an exposure to potentially infectious materials (needle stick, mucous membrane or non-intact skin) or airborne inhalation, you will require specific follow-up.

As a student in the dental hygiene program, you are required to have health insurance to cover the costs of tests and treatment should you have an exposure incident.

For more information on the policies on blood-borne and infectious diseases: Policy on Blood-borne Infectious Diseases.



Northeast Campus
Health Sciences Department
Building NHSC, Room 1131
828 W. Harwood Road
Hurst, TX 76054

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Updated March 23, 2017