Have you ever considered becoming a dental hygienist? This important profession in the field of dentistry can provide you with a successful, fulfilling career where you will care for and interact with a wide segment of the population, including children and seniors.
See the links below for more information on the Dental Hygiene program:
- The Dental Hygiene Program at Maricopa Community Colleges
- Admission Requirements and Application
- Health and Safety
- Concurrent Enrollment Program
- Employment Statistics
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Hygiene prepares students to practice entry-level dental hygiene. Dental hygiene students will provide preventive and therapeutic oral health care services and will develop a commitment to the community through extramural opportunities serving diverse populations. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline.
The program is currently offered at three of our Maricopa Community Colleges, and each College offers unique benefits.
Mesa Community College's Dental Hygiene Program began in 2005. The program consists of four traditional semesters with a two week block course in the summer just prior to the beginning of second year. Students attend classes in the afternoon and have clinics and labs from 5:00-9:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Classes are held at the MCC Red Mountain campus and clinics and labs are held at Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Mesa.
MCC's Dental Hygiene Program offers a rigorous and intensive science oriented curriculum that is CODA accredited. The program promotes the evolution of dental hygiene by exploring and implementing evidence-based methods and ideas. The program balances the science with a mindfulness inspired approach. Mindfulness, awareness, and presence practices are integrated for the development of high levels of emotional intelligence and the cultivation of compassionate, empathetic and professional behavior. For more information on Mesa’s dental hygiene program, please visit their webpage.
MCC Red Mountain Program Advisor:
The Phoenix College Dental Hygiene Program, established in 1968, was the first dental hygiene program in Arizona, and has been a leader in educating dental hygienists for over 50 years. This four-semester dental hygiene program offers traditional face-to-face classes held Monday through Friday with a winter and summer break.
The Phoenix College Dental Hygiene Program prides itself on their state of the art, modernized dental clinic equipment with the most current technologies. Additionally, our experienced faculty team is student focused and dedicated to ensuring student success. Overall program outcomes and high pass rates on required exams demonstrate evidence of our student support. Successful completion of the curriculum prepares graduates for the National Dental Hygiene Board exam and clinical licensure exams, which are required to obtain a dental hygiene license in any of the fifty states. The Phoenix College Dental Hygiene Program’s reputation within the local dental community is long-standing and leads employers to seek out our graduates due to their excellent career preparation. The program maintains accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. For more information on Phoenix College’s dental hygiene program, please visit their webpage.
Phoenix College Program Advisor:
The Rio Salado College School of Dental Hygiene was developed in 1997 in partnership with the Arizona Dental Association. We continue to work closely with this partnership through educational offerings and community service events. The program is 15 months long and accepts 22 students each September. It is designed as a fast paced, accelerated program that provides accessible, innovative, high quality education. The curriculum, which is shared with Phoenix College and Mesa Community College dental hygiene programs, is delivered with a blend of formats including in-person, hybrid, and online instruction, giving students flexibility and a high-quality education.
Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Program has a long-standing tradition of being nationally recognized, delivering above the national average on board examination scores and completing a 100% pass rate on clinical examinations. For more information on Rio Salado’s dental hygiene program, please visit their webpage.
Rio Salado Program Advisor:
To review program and admission requirements across the Colleges, see the Dental Hygiene program application below.
All potential applicants are encouraged to take pre-requisite courses to prepare them for the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) with Northern Arizona University (NAU) or to transfer to a Baccalaureate Degree Program. For more information on NAU’s CEP or degree completion program please contact:
Madalyn Smolinski, Coordinator
Jill Cooney, Academic Advisor
If you are interested in the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) with Northern Arizona University (NAU) to complete your Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene as you complete your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in dental hygiene, or if you are interested in university transfer for advanced degree completion within Arizona, please note the prerequisite options that best fit your plan. Be sure you work with a college transfer specialist to complete the necessary application.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for dental hygienists is expected to grow at a much faster rate compared to other occupations, and demand for dental hygienists within the state of Arizona is estimated to grow by 33% through the year 2026. For additional information on median pay, associated job duties, work environment, and similar occupations, please visit the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics Dental Hygiene webpages.