Dental Hygienist

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

With a dental hygiene degree from SCTCC, students graduate as licensed primary healthcare professionals. After learning skills in the classroom, students take the National Dental Hygiene Board exam, the Central Regional Board exam, and upon completion, get a license in the state they want to practice in.

Dental hygienists work in clinical dental settings and provide preventative, educational, and therapeutic services to patients. By promoting public health, dental hygienists help people learn the importance of dental health.

SCTCC students can even work as researchers for the dental field and in sales and marketing for dental offices. There are various career options for our graduates, ensuring every student finds the path right for them.

Graduates from our dental hygienist program are equipped with skills to complete the necessary duties for the job. Graduates know how to complete patient assessment, clean teeth, take radiographs and dental images, apply fluoride treatments, provide periodontal therapy, and administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation.

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From Degree to Career

When you choose the Dental Hygiene program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace. There are several employers in the St. Cloud area and beyond that are ready to hire dental hygienists..

Students who graduate from our dental hygienist program learn patient communication, assessment, and management. We guarantee our students know all the necessary skills to succeed as a dental hygienist.

After graduation, our students can administer patient education and counseling, and utilize radiology, dental materials, and instrumentation. SCTCC graduates fully understand dental anatomy and the utmost professional standards to ensure every time they are working with patients they are using the best practices.

We even equip students with the ability to work independently or as a team, use technology, and pay close attention to details. With all the skills taught in SCTCC classrooms, every student graduates prepared for their future occupation.

Quick Glance

  • Patient communications
  • Patient assessment and management
  • Patient education and counseling
  • Radiology
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Instrumentation
  • Professional standards
  • Attention to detail
  • Use of technology
  • Ability to work independently or as a team

Types of Careers

With a degree from our dental hygienist program, students have several career options. Our graduates have found careers working as dental hygiene clinicians, consultants, practice managers, and community health specialists.

Graduates have even worked in sales and marketing, research, and dental hygiene education. At SCTCC, we equip our students with the skills needed to succeed in whatever career path they choose.

Potential Employers

From private, corporate, or specialty dental practices, SCTCC graduates can find jobs with various employers. Students have even worked with the government, corporations, and dental supply companies.

By utilizing skills taught at SCTCC like patient communication and education, our graduates have found success in their careers. A day in the life of graduates consists of working as a community health specialist for Medical Arts Dental Office.

Projected Job Growth

Quick Glance

Types of Careers

  • Dental hygiene clinician
  • Consultant
  • Practice manager
  • Sales and marketing
  • Community health specialist
  • Researcher
  • Dental hygiene educator

Potential Employers

  • Private dental practices
  • Corporate dental practices
  • Specialty dental practices
  • Government
  • Corporations
  • Dental supply companies

Our graduates have worked with leading dental companies such as Cities Dental Group, Park Dental, Clearwater Dental, and Winegar Dental. With a degree from our dental hygienist program, students are equipped to excel with any company.

Students have even found job opportunities with Medical Arts Dental Office, Falls Court Dentists, P.A., Bicknell & Lehn Family Dentistry, and White Smiles Family Dentistry.

Quick Glance

  • Cities Dental Group
  • Park Dental 
  • Clearwater Dental
  • Winegar Dental
  • Medical Arts Dental Office 
  • Falls Court Dentists, P.A.
  • Bicknell & Lehn Family Dentistry 
  • White Smiles Family Dentistry 

The St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) Dental Hygienist program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dental Hygiene Students in clinic
Dental Hygiene student cleaning teeth
Dental Hygiene teeth molds
Dental Hygiene instructor with students in SCTCC clinic

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Dental Hygiene program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for an info session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Meet the Admissions Staff.

Dental Lab

Dental Lab Virtual Tour

Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

Current Students

Current Dental Hygiene students - this is your place for information.

Barb Henkemeyer
Dental Hygiene Instructor

Current Pre-Dental Hygiene Students at SCTCC:

Academic Advising Center
Phone: 320-308-5741
Office: Northway Building, 1-312

Students in our dental hygienist program have the opportunity to join the Student American Dental Hygiene Association (SADHA). SADHA allows students to gain professional experience and contacts.

SCTCC Student Clubs

The HESI exam is used to help evaluate students' academic reasdiness as part of the selection process.

Check out this document to learn more about what will be covered, how long it will take, and the requirements.

Study guides are available here.

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