Dental Hygiene

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.

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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.

The program accepts 18 students each fall. The application deadline is extended to May 15, 2017.

Students who can complete prerequisites during summer are eligible to apply. Contact Tracy Gift with any questions at 928.704.7793.

 

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 Unites 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?

No. A student may complete prerequisites during the Spring semester. Final transcripts must be submitted following the completion of Spring semester.

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

Contact MCC Dental Hygiene Office at 928.704.7797 or email Tracy Gift at tgift@mohave.edu to find out more.

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

Students interested in pursing 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 or 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?

The application period runs from December to March of each year. The deadline is March 1.

When will students be notified if they have been accepted?

Program acceptance letters will be sent out by June 15th. Following receipt of the letter, a $500 deposit coupled with a written letter of acceptance must be received by the program to ensure eligibility.

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. Some may also be offered via distance education, online and via ITV (Interactive Television). 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 transfer of courses and will only evaluate official transcripts. The Dental Hygiene department may be able to offer guidance.

 

Dental Hygiene Clinic

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
Sealants
Deep Cleaning
Full Mouth X-ray Series
Panoramic X-rays

$25 (in absence of disease)
$15
$8/per tooth
$25/per quadrant
$30
$25

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

 

Class of: 2012 2013 2014 2015
NBDHE 100% 100% 100%  90%
WREB Anesthesia 100% 100% 100% 100%
WREB Dental Hygiene 100% 100% 100% 100%
Job Placement 100% 100%  100%  84%
Completion Rate 83% 78% 72% 100%