Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Degree & Pathway




Applications for the Class of 2026 are now being accepted.

Dental Hygiene Application

UPDATES for the Class of 2026:

  • CIS 110 – Introduction to Computer Information Systems is no longer required.
  • The number of RDH observation hours has been reduced to eight (8) hours.  

Effective January 1, 2023 remote proctored TEAS exams will not be accepted.  

Application due dates:

Early decision — April 1

Regular decision — June 1

Applicants who have earned 200 points are eligible for early decision.  Use the Dental Hygiene Application Worksheet to calculate your points.  The application committee will begin reviewing early decision applications on April 2. 

To setup a virtual advising session with dental hygiene staff please email

You can earn an associate’s degree in dental hygiene or a certificate in dental assisting at MCC for a rewarding career. Located in Mohave County Arizona, MCC’s accredited dental hygiene degree program welcomes students from nearby New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Southern California. As a dental hygienist graduate, you will earn an income well above average for graduates of technical college degree programs.

INFORMATION SESSIONS – Meeting ID: 819-8218-2995

Feb. 8, 2024 5-6PM General Information
Mar. 14, 2024 12-1PM How to apply
Apr. 11, 2024 12-1PM General Information
May 9, 2024 5-6PM How to apply

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The Dental Hygiene program is designed to prepare the student to take the national and regional licensing examinations for Dental Hygiene. Students must adhere to the prescribed program if they are to complete the program and become eligible to take the exams.

All General Education coursework must be completed with a grade point average of 2.8 or above and a grade of “C” or higher in all courses, prior to beginning Dental Hygiene classes. Science courses must have been taken within the last 10 years.

Students must complete an application specific to the Dental Hygiene program and have their acceptance into the program confirmed prior to enrolling in any dental hygiene coursework.

Dental student with patient

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I transfer my MCC Associate of Applied Science, Dental Hygiene Emphasis, to a four-year program at a university?

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. This Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science Degree, Dental Hygiene Emphasis, will be eligible to transfer their credits to universities.

Do all prerequisites have to be completed at the time the application is submitted?

A student may complete prerequisites during the semester in which they apply. 

How can I find out more about the Dental Hygiene program?

Attendance at a Zoom Information Session will answer many questions about the program.  Contact Tabitha Gray at 928.704.4183 or Tracy Gift at 928.704.7793 to find out more.

How can I prepare now for enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program?

Students interested in pursuing a career as a dental hygienist must take all of the Dental Hygiene general education prerequisites prior to final admission to the Dental Hygiene program. Many of the general education requirements are offered each semester at MCC.

How long will the Dental Hygiene program take to complete?

The Dental Hygiene program will take 20 months – consisting of four full semesters and a summer semester – with 63 program credit hours required (not including general education requirements) for successful completion of the Dental Hygiene program requirements.

How many students are accepted into the program each year?

Eighteen students will be accepted each Fall semester.

What are the residency requirements for MCC?

Please refer to the MCC college catalog online.

What financial aid options do I have for the Dental Hygiene program?

Financial aid in the form of grants and loans may be available to assist students with the costs of this program. Students who are interested should apply for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if they qualify. This form is available online or at your local MCC campuses.

What is a Dental Hygienist?

A Dental Hygienist is a licensed member of the dental health team who provides dental health education, promotes and encourages preventive aspects of dental care, administers local anesthesia and more.

When are applications due for the Dental Hygiene program?

Early acceptance applications are due on April 1. Regular acceptance applications are due on June 1.

Where will the Dental Hygiene program be offered?

All of the prerequisite courses for the Dental Hygiene AAS degree will be offered at all of MCC’s campuses and some are offered through distance education.  All of the Dental Hygiene program classes, labs, and clinic sessions will be offered at the Legacy Foundation Allied Health Building I on the Bullhead City campus.

Who determines if coursework transfers to MCC?

The MCC registrar makes all decisions regarding the transfer of courses and will only evaluate official transcripts. The Dental Hygiene department may be able to offer guidance.

Can I observe a dentist for the Registered Dental Hygienist Observation?

No, you must observe a Registered Dental Hygienist.

Do most accepted students have dental experience?

About half of the students accepted into our program have previous dental experience.

Do I have to take the TEAS exam?

Yes, the most recent version of the Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS 7) exam with in-person proctoring is required as part of the application. It cannot be waived. The minimum accepted score is a 62%. Test results are valid for two years. Candidates may take the exam three times in a 12-month period with at least 30 days between attempts.  Failure to cancel a testing appointment will count as an attempt.  A study guide and other online resources can help you prepare for the test. Refer to Testing Services for more information at

Can I use remote proctoring for the TEAS exam?

No, only in-person proctoring will be accepted for TEAS results.

How do I apply to MCC?

You can apply online at: an MCC student identification number is needed to have official transcripts evaluated by the Registrar. A student identification number is generated with the MCC application.

Do you accept students from outside of Mohave County?

Yes, we have had students from all areas of Arizona as well as other states including Nevada, California, Oregon, Illinois, Washington, Alaska, Utah, South Dakota, Montana, Missouri, and Alaska. 

Does MCC have campus housing?

No, MCC does not have dormitories available. However, there are many rental opportunities and a projected completion of campus housing is anticipated for Fall 2024.

How do I find out more about applying to the DH program?

Check out the Application Info & Requirements

Dental Hygiene Clinic

Treatment at the dental hygiene clinic is by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 928-704-7788.

You may have an opportunity to be a patient of the Dental Hygiene Program at MCC. We offer the following services based on the student/faculty assessment of your dental hygiene needs:

  1. Health history assessment
  2. Extra-oral and Intra-oral exam, including oral cancer screening
  3. Oral hygiene evaluation and preventive measures
  4. Oral prophylaxis (cleaning)
  5. Non-surgical periodontal therapy
  6. Additional indicated periodontal (gum) therapy, including local antimicrobials(medications) and laser disinfection
  7. Mechanical curettage (gum therapy)
  8. Patient education
  9. Fluoride treatment
  10. Radiographs (x-rays)
  11. Pit and fissure sealants
  12. Nutrition Counseling
  13. Impressions and study models
  14. Smoothing and polishing restorations (fillings)

This program does not: Take the place of a periodic examination and diagnosis by your dentist, or services provided by a dentist such as fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions, partials, or dentures.

Cost: The cost of dental hygiene services at MCC for adults is determined by oral health classifications.

Routine Adult Cleaning
Routine Child Cleaning
Deep Cleaning
Full Mouth X-ray Series
Panoramic X-rays

$25 (in absence of disease)
$8/per tooth
$25/per quadrant

Some treatments may require additional charges. Please consult with your hygienist on the fees charged.

Medical History Form

Class of: 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
NBDHE 100% 100% 100% 100% 94%
WREB Anesthesia 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Clinical Board 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Job Placement 100% 100% 100% 94% 94%
Completion Rate 87.5% 75% 72% 94% 89%


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