Dental Hygiene Program

Dental hygiene courses at JCCC

Dental hygiene students at JCCC learn more than the basics of oral health and disease prevention. They also learn the value of community service and education as part of the dental hygiene program.

Students studying to become dental hygienists visit underserved area elementary schools to talk about the importance of good oral health habits. By requesting that each student visit three classrooms, the dental hygiene program assures that nearly 3,000 elementary school children each year hear the message of good oral health choices and healthy lifestyle habits.

The department also makes use of Oral Health on Wheels, a 40-foot mobile dental clinic. On Oral Health on Wheels, students work with special needs populations to offer professional dental cleaning and other maintenance services.

The demand for dental hygienists is expected to increase dramatically, especially in light of recent studies linking oral health to overall health.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the employment of dental hygienists to grow by 36 percent through 2018 and ranks it as one of its fastest-growing occupations.

Competitive salaries and flexible work schedules are added benefits of the field.

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.

Students in JCCC’s dental hygiene program prepare for careers as preventive dental professionals who have a choice of working in a variety of settings.

Fully accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation, this 83-credit-hour program has six prerequisite courses and requires four semesters and one summer session of full-time study. Successful completion leads to an associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene.

All dental hygiene students gain important practical experience working in JCCC’s state-of-the-art clinical facility under the supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists. In the final semester of study, students learn to work in a paperless environment, one trend in dental offices.

For more information, contact Margaret LoGiudice, director, dental hygiene department, at 913-469-2582.