Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental, as well as dental education for patients. They also often earn higher than average salaries and work in professional environments.
If you aspire to a career as a dental hygienist, TCC’s accredited Dental Hygiene Program can help make your career plans a reality. Our program is nationally accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation, Chicago, Illinois.
Graduates of TCC’s Dental Hygiene program receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science and are eligible to take the national and state licensing and certifying examinations in Oklahoma or any other state. After passing these examinations, you may practice dental hygiene under the supervision of a licensed dentist.
New class every year
Our Dental Hygiene Program admits a new class of 14 students each year. Dental Hygiene courses are offered primarily in the daytime and some evenings with an occasional weekend obligation. To learn more about the program, review the prerequisites required for the program and the dental hygiene degree plan listed under Degrees and Certificates in the TCC catalog.
There are certain legal requirements for admittance into the program. If any of the following circumstances are true in your situation you may not be eligible for dental hygiene licensure in the state of Oklahoma.
- been addicted to narcotics or alcohol;
- received treatment for the habitual use of narcotics or alcohol;
- been convicted for a narcotics-related offense;
- been reprimanded, disciplined, disqualified or suspended from the practice of dentistry or another health-related field;
- been a patient in a sanitarium or institution for the treatment of mental illness;
- been arrested/convicted of any felony offense, including a deferred sentence, may not be eligible for dental hygiene licensure in the state of Oklahoma.
If any of these circumstances exist, we recommend that you discuss the situation with the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry (405) 524-3592, prior to making application to the program.
Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.
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My Career: Dental Hygienist
Learn how Allen trained at Tulsa Community College to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. He now works at a dental office where he uses his skills to help people every day.