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Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists work with dentists in the delivery of dental care to patients. The hygienist performs patient screening procedures, removes calculus and plaque from teeth, applies preventive materials to teeth, teaches patients appropriate oral hygiene techniques, and provides the patient other services or teaching about good oral health. Excellent career opportunities exist for dental hygienists in dental offices, dental specialist clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, public health clinics, schools, teaching, and research.

Career and Technical Education Option

This program is offered to Richland Community College students as a cooperative agreement with Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois. 

Students take all general education courses at Richland and make application to Lake Land College to take Dental Hygiene courses.

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

Entry Requirements

High school diploma or its equivalent is required. Please contact Lake Land College and refer to the requirements for admission and retention in the dental hygiene program. Students must complete an application for admission to the program.

Length of Study

The program is a two-year associate degree; however, the actual length may vary depending on the student. The student may choose to take general education support courses in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology, speech, nutrition, and English at Richland and then apply to take the five semester sequencing of Dental Hygiene courses at Lake Land.

For Further Information

For questions regarding the cooperative dental hygiene program, please contact the Health Professions office at (217) 875-7211, ext. 750.

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