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A key member of the professional dental team, the licensed dental hygienist is on the ”front line” of patient care, responsible for providing educational, clinical and therapeutic services that promote total health through good oral health. The growing public awareness of the benefits of oral health, combined with the growth of corporate dental plans, has significantly increased the demand for dental care and has made dental hygiene one of the country’s fastest growing careers. The demand for dental hygienists is expected to grow 48 percent by the year 2006. Competitive salaries and flexible work schedules are added benefits.
Students in MDCC’s dental hygiene program prepare for careers as preventive dental professionals who have a choice of working in a variety of settings. Graduates get jobs in school systems, nursing homes, and dental supply firms, as well as private dental offices.
The program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association‘s Commission on Dental Accreditation. Successful completion leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree. All dental hygiene students gain important practical experience working in MDCC’s state-of-the-art clinical facility under supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists.
Enrollment is limited to one class per year, starting in the fall semester. The deadline for fall semester applications is March 1.
Job market in the surrounding area: Very good. Average starting salary is about $20-$25 per hour for full-time employment. (Based on survey responses of dental hygiene graduates).