Dental Hygiene Program

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As a Dental hygienist, you are essential in monitoring and ensuring the oral health of patients. Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients and provide basic dental care.

The TMCC Dental Hygiene Program is a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) approved, two-year (four semester), full-time Bachelor of Science degree program of classroom instruction and clinical experience, which prepares students to perform the educational, clinical and laboratory responsibilities of a dental hygienist.

Program of Study

This is a limited entry program; 14 students are accepted annually. Applications are available in January and the deadline for submission is in February. Classes begin in the Fall Semester each year on a traditional semester schedule, with completion in May of the second year.

Our two-year (four-semester) program does not include the general education, college or program core requirements for the bachelor of science degree.

Upon completion of the curriculum, the Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene is awarded, and students are eligible to apply for and take the written Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and sit for the Nevada State Clinical Board or Western Regional Examination Board (WREB).

In order to become licensed to practice, graduates of TMCC's Dental Hygiene Program must complete the written Dental Hygiene National Board Examination, and a clinical examination conducted by a state or regional board.