Dental Hygiene

Make Teeth and Your Future Shine Bright with Dental Hygiene

As a dental hygienist, you can help people smile with confidence. Dental hygienists are key members of a dental care team and you will get to work with people and help them feel better. With the Dental Hygiene degree (DHY), you will grow the skills and knowledge to not only clean teeth, but improve your patients’ oral and overall health. Join one of the largest growing healthcare fields and start your dental hygiene education at MWCC.

Please note that the Dental Hygiene degree is a selective program and requires additional application components.

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Polish your Skills with Hands-On Training

Many of your courses include hands-on training to put your theoretical knowledge into practice. In your curriculum, you will be challenged and encouraged by your dental advisor, with whom you will meet with on a regular basis. By working hands-on with your dental advisor, you will learn the skills necessary to become a registered dental hygienist (RDH).

In your second year, you will get the opportunity to work hands-on with real patients in a clinical setting. You will complete service learning for the community by providing real dental care for local patients under the supervision of a dental advisor.

Learn to Give the Best Dental Care

You will take classes in:

  • Dental radiology
  • Periodontology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Pain Control
  • Dental Ethics
  • Community Oral Health
  • Pharmacology

Be in Demand as a Dental Hygienist

You can expect to find a job fast as a registered dental hygienist! The field is expected to grow 20%* over the next ten years, which is a much faster rate than the national average. This is due to the aging population and the demand for quality dental services to improve overall health. You can make an average of $74,000* annually as a dental hygienist!

Improve Patient Lives Every Day

A registered dental hygienist is the member of the dental health care team who provides preventive oral health care services. Some of your daily tasks as an RDH will include:

  • Administer anesthetics
  • Clean teeth and gums
  • Perform preliminary dental exams
  • Develop x-ray films
  • Provide nutrition counseling and health education to patients
  • Apply fluorides and dental sealants
  • Use dental instruments to detect patient conditions

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.”  The Commission is a specialized accreditation body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, at the commission’s web address, or at 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60611.