Dental Hygienist Overview
A person’s smile is an important feature. Those who help protect it are equally important. Earn your dental hygienist degree at CVTC. This program allows you to gain hands-on experience in the CVTC Dental Clinic as well as classroom instruction. As a dental hygienist, you will work as a member of a dental health team, focusing on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation of dental disease as well as prevention of dental disease.
You will learn how to:
- Maintain patient records in a professional and confidential manner.
- Assess patients for signs, symptoms, and risk factors for oral disease.
- Diagnose dental hygiene problems.
- Provide direct dental hygiene patient care.
- Educate the patients on their oral health.
- Expose x-rays for diagnoses of oral disease and collaborate with other dental professionals.
- Utilize dental office management software.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, and prepares you to take the national, regional, and state practical exams required for your dental hygienist license.
Dental Program Accreditation
The Dental Hygienist program at Chippewa Valley Technical College is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.
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Associated Dentists & Orthodontics
Menomonie Street Dental
Oakwood Hills Family Dental
Red Cedar Dentistry
Tomah Family Dentistry
CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.// Program Scorecard
Our recent Dental Hygienist graduates reported an average starting salary of $62,694.
89% of our recent Dental Hygienist graduates got a job in the industry.
There are 26 job openings in the CVTC district for the Dental Hygienist industry.
Credits to Other Institutions
Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.
These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.
You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.
Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Dental Hygienist program.
Prepares dental auxiliary students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extral oral, and occlusal radiographs.
Prepares student dental hygienists to select safe and effective patient premedication, local anesthetic, chemo therapeutic, and antimicrobial agents within the scope of dental hygiene practice.
Students learn the current diagnoses and classification of periodontal diseases and the epidemiology and risk factors as well as the oral systemic link between oral health and the body. Students will learn how to plan treatment and provide non-surgical therapy to clinical patients.
Best dental hygiene program and instructors in the state!
Dental Hygienist Graduate
Related Programs & Certificates
Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.
Degrees & Diplomas
Dental Assistant, Technical Diploma
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CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.// Explore Continuing Ed Opportunities
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