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What will I learn?

Be on the front line of patient care. After just two years of rigorous education, you can be a licensed dental hygienist responsible for providing educational, clinical and therapeutic oral healthcare services.

This selective admission program curriculum is strategically designed to build on your knowledge and skills from the first semester to the last.

You’ll be able to:

  • perform a complete oral assessment
  • detect oral disease
  • educate patients on prevention and treatment options
  • provide comprehensive oral healthcare to your patients

Here’s what you can expect from lecture, lab, clinic and coursework:

First semester – Learn foundational skills and practice your technique on classmates.

Second semester – Treat patients from the community in JCCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Third semester – Refine skills and incorporate more science-related coursework into each clinical situation. Treat patients in affiliate site locations such as veterans hospitals, Truman Medical Center locations, Vibrant Health Wyandotte's Children’s Clinic and JCCC’s Oral Health on Wheels mobile dental unit.

Fourth semester – The skills and information you’ve learned will help you prepare for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE) and other licensure exams.

This 79-credit-hour program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.


We are proud to be the only accredited dental hygiene program in Johnson County. Excellence is our No. 1 goal. Here’s proof:

  • Our students are prepared – We boast a 96.4 percent first-time pass rate on the NBDHE and clinical licensure exams. You’ll receive a quality education with a wide range of varied experiences to prepare you for clinical practice.
  • You’ll participate in service-learning – As part of JCCC’s commitment to community, you’ll participate in 20 hours of volunteer service to further the student experience with professional community service.
  • You’ll get expanded learning – As a member of JCCC’s Student American Dental Hygienists Association you’ll be up to date on industry hot topics and new technology.

In lectures and clinical settings, licensed dentists and hygienists are ready to assist as you experience:

  1. Hands-on training with patients in our campus Dental Hygiene Clinic – practice providing comprehensive oral healthcare service in JCCC’s state-of-the-art clinic using the latest technology.
  2. A rotation in JCCC’s Oral Health on Wheels – team up with classmates to deliver oral healthcare to underserved communities.
  3. One-on-one attention from your instructors – personalized education with a 4 to 1 student/professor ratio in clinical teaching.
  4. Professors with extensive practice experience – all full-time faculty have at least a master’s degree and are excited to instruct students about the latest developments in dentistry.
This is a selective admission program. See admission requirements

According to the United States Department of Labor, dental hygienists make an average of $72,000 each year. The field is ranked as one of the fastest growing healthcare occupations. This means job security and demand for qualified professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth rate of 19 percent — more than double the national average.

With a license, you can work directly with the patient as a key team member of a professional dental team. If you choose to continue your education, your credits will transfer to bachelor degree-completion programs at University of Missouri-Kansas City and Wichita State University. 

Perks to being a dental hygienist include:

  • Flexible schedule — full-time, part-time and weekend work are all in demand
  • Competitive salary — reliable staff are paid well
  • Job stability — this career path is ranked as one of the fastest growing occupations
  • People-oriented atmosphere — help people and work in a comfortable, friendly environment
  • Advancement opportunities — go on to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree and specialize in higher level care, research or teaching

Multiple career options are obtainable. With an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree, you could qualify for positions at different levels in:

  • Clinic settings — private practices, community centers, hospitals, prison facilities
  • Corporate offices — sales representatives, product researchers, corporate educators
  • Public health agencies and education — government or nonprofit organizations, local health departments, teaching

Download the Dental Hygiene Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.