Dental Hygiene – Associate in Arts Degree

Mount Ida’s Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Department offers a two-year dental hygiene associate in arts degree program with one year of prerequisite courses, totaling three years of study. Dental Hygiene students train in our newly expanded, state-of-the-art Dental Education Center & Community Dental Clinic. Working directly with patients under the supervision of experienced dentists and dental hygienists, you’ll cultivate the steady hand, practiced eye and sharp mind that dental hygiene professionals need. Our supportive faculty offer personalized instruction and guidance, preparing you to step into a dental hygienist job—and excel in it—the day you complete your dental hygiene associate’s degree.

Students may have the option to enroll as a full-time student in the Pre-Dental Hygiene Program, enabling them to complete the prerequisites and general education courses prior to admission. Mount Ida’s Dental Hygiene Associate’s Degree Program feeds directly into our bachelor’s degree program in dental hygiene. Learn how a dental hygiene bachelor’s degree can broaden your career options in dental hygiene.

Our dental hygiene associate’s degree offers all the instruction you need to gain dental hygienist certification.

You’ll get many hours of hands-on, face-to-face dental hygiene instruction from experienced dental hygienists. And in our Community Dental Clinic, you’ll learn to use industry-standard technology (including x-rays and lab facilities) while practicing your dental hygiene technique on real patients. Our dental hygiene associate’s degree program emphasizes practical skills such as:

  • Clinical dental hygiene
  • Pain management
  • Preventive oral care
  • Public and community health
  • Dental radiology
  • Pharmacology and anesthesia

Small class sizes ensure that you’ll get plenty of face-to-face instruction in our dental hygiene associate’s degree. You’ll take a sequence of focused, intensive courses to prepare you for work as a dental hygienist, studying subjects that include:

  • Head and neck anatomy
  • Dental x-rays
  • Dental ethics
  • Periodontology
  • Oral pathology
  • Dental-care materials
  • Pharmacology

The dental hygiene bachelor’s degree requires 54 credits in dental hygiene courses, and 34 credits in general education pre-requisite courses. You may have the option to enroll as a full-time student in the Pre-Dental Hygiene Program, enabling you to complete the prerequisites and general education courses prior to admission.

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.

Graduates of our associate’s degree in dental hygiene enter the work force with outstanding job skills, developed through many hours of hands-on practice. While many dental hygienists work in private dental practices, a dental hygiene associate degree can lead to jobs with many other employers, including:

  • Public health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Health clinics
  • Schools
  • Prisons
  • Federal agencies such as the Veteran’s Administration, Indian health programs or military institutions
Dental hygiene professor contributes to recently published leading textbook

Dental Hygiene Professor Contributes to Recently Published Leading Textbook

Our faculty members are not only dedicated to teaching, but also actively work in their respective fields as scholars, consultants and writers. In 2012, Robin Matloff, Associate Professor, R.D.H., J.D., was invited by well-known textbook …

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