Dental Hygiene

Available on Northeast Campus Only

Career Coach buttonThe Dental Hygiene Program 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 GoalsListen (PDF will open in a new window).

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.


The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s Web address is:

Note About Program Policies

Each applicant may view The Dental Hygiene Program Policies on Blood-borne and Infectious Diseases upon request. These policies are available in the Program Coordinator's office and in the TCC Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual. Dental Hygiene faculty will discuss or answer any questions an applicant may have concerning these policies.



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

Debra Krebs, Career and Technical Education Advisor
NFAC, Room 1109


Updated March 08, 2016


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