Dental Hygienist

The Dental Hygiene Program provides the students with academic and clinical opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to become a dental hygiene professional. A dental hygienist is a member of the dental team who provides direct care to patients under the supervision of a licensed dentist. The duties of a dental hygienist include patient assessments, taking radiographs, teeth cleaning and polishing, applying preventive agents, nonsurgical periodontal therapies (scaling & root planning), administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, taking impressions, pouring up study models and making bleaching trays.

The education program is a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on lab and clinical activities, along with numerous service learning opportunities. The program is demanding and quite rigorous in the scope and depth of study. Individuals who are strong in the biological sciences and human anatomy, have good dexterity, attention to detail and possess critical thinking skills are excellent candidates for a career in Dental Hygiene. Upon graduation, students must successfully complete the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam, the Central Regional Board Exam and then obtain a license in the state they wish to practice. Dental Hygiene is a very competitive program.


Additional Program Information is available from this webpage on the right-hand side including the Admissions Process for the programs, Program Faculty Information, and other important program related information.  Please review all of the program information on the Program Admissions link.  This is a professional education program and you will be expected to display personal responsibility and understanding of the requirements of the program and profession.  If you still have additional questions, please attend a program information session and learn more about applying to the program and what types of jobs this education can lead towards.

Program Information Session

To learn more about the Dental Hygienist program, sign up for an Information Session. These sessions provide an opportunity to:

  • Talk face-to-face with program faculty.
  • Tour state-of-the-art labs, where hands on learning comes to life.
  • Get your questions answered.

Watch the program video and review program web pages for more information.

Mission Statement

The SCTCC Dental Hygiene Program will provide evidence-based education and clinical experiences to acquire the knowledge, skills, and ethical standards to become an entry level dental hygiene professional.

Dental Hygiene Program Goals:

  1. Possess the skills and knowledge needed to provide optimal dental hygiene patient care while valuing and adhering to the American Dental Hygienists Association Code of Ethics.
  2. Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate treatment in the promotion of oral and systemic health using an evidence based approach.
  3. Embrace an interdisciplinary role within the health care system and assess, plan, implement, and evaluate oral health care programs and activities for diverse population groups while facilitating access to care and services.
  4. Promote the values of optimal oral health as related to general health and overall wellness to patients.
  5. Value the dental hygiene profession through career growth, development and a commitment to lifelong learning.

SCTCC Dental Hygiene Program definition of critical thinking:

Dental Hygiene students at SCTCC will make decisions and reasonable judgments by thinking clearly, creatively and critically.
Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by:

  • Analyzing systems, processes and situations when making decisions about patient care
  • Applying scientific research and evidence based decision making.
  • Incorporating evidence to make decisions about immerging technology and treatment planning.
  • Synthesize information from a variety of scientific research and reliable sources when planning treatment.
  • Performing self assessment for learning and professional growth.

Dental Hygiene Program Competencies

Dental Hygiene Patient Care Standards


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303