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Dental Hygienist

  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-508-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Sales and Marketing
  • Dental Assistant
  • Hygiene Assistant
  • Dental Receptionist


​This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.


Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

The Dental Hygienist Program is a good option if you are seeking a career in the health field, have good organizational skills, enjoy working with people, and are detail-oriented.

During your educational program, you will work as a member of a dental health team and learning in CVTC's very own operational dental clinic, focusing on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation of dental disease as well as prevention of dental disease. You will:

  • perform oral inspections
  • remove deposits and stains from teeth
  • learn radiographic (xray) techniques using digital sensors as well as analog or traditional film-based xrays.
  • counsel patients in preventative dental care

There is also a service-learning requirement, allowing you to receive a broad base of dental experience in general dentistry as well as specialty areas, giving you a better understanding of the array of dental options available to patients.

The program prepares you to take the national, regional, and state practical exams that are required for you to be licensed. Graduates of the program are held to high standards. They must

  • meet the dental health needs of diverse populations.
  • customize and proceed with emergency care protocol based on recognizing symptoms of medical/dental emergencies.
  • use the most current infection control guidelines and safety precautions in all laboratory and clinical settings.
  • apply principles of dental practice management as a member of a dental health team.
  • demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in all roles as a dental hygienist.

Graduates are working in public and private dental practices, hospitals, community dental health facilities, and in research. Job prospects are expected to remain excellent. You have opportunities!

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 70
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or a Bachelor's Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 85 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Algebra: 35 (required for admission)
ACT Reading: 23 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (only used for course placement)
ACT Math: 19 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Submit proof through a transcript that you have received a grade of C or better in the course(s) below: Two semesters at high school level with a "C" grade or better each semester (high school transcript) OR One semester at postsecondary level with "C" grade or better (college transcript).

  • Algebra
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

Students must attend a required orientation session prior to entering the core courses. An invitation will be mailed to you.

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

Obtain and maintain current CPR certification by the American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider level) or the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer level). Proof must be verified with a current CPR card. Class rosters, letters from instructors or employers, and on-line course certification are not acceptable. Your instructor will ask for a copy of your card on the first day of your clinical courses.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.