Dental Hygiene Program

RCTC’s Dental Hygiene program is designed to provide academic and clinical educational opportunities for capable individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the professional practice of dental hygiene.  Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases both to protect teeth and gums, and also to protect patients’ total health. They must take a written national board examination and a clinical examination before they are licensed to practice. In addition to treating patients directly, dental hygienists may also work as educators, researchers, and administrators.  Members of the dental hygiene profession act as allied personnel to the dentist and make it possible for more complete preventative dental services to be provided to the public.

Graduates are eligible to take the 3 licensure exams which are required in all 50 states for the practice of dental hygiene.

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Dental Hygiene AAS

RCTC’s Dental Hygiene program is designed to provide academic and clinical educational opportunities for capable individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the professional practice of dental hygiene. Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases both to protect teeth and gums, and also to protect patients’ total health. They must take a written national board examination and a clinical examination before they are licensed to practice. In addition to treating patients directly, dental hygienists may also work as educators, researchers, and administrators. Members of the dental hygiene profession act as allied personnel to the dentist and make it possible for more complete preventative dental services to be provided to the public.
Graduates are eligible to take the 3 licensure exams which are required in all 50 states for the practice of dental hygiene.

 

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Courtney ThoresonCourtney Thoreson, Program Advisor

SS 135 | courtney.thoreson@rctc.edu | 507-280-3534

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