Dental Hygiene

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

FullyAccredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

“Real life” hands-on-training at public dental hygiene clinic on campus.

Employment numbers predicted to outpace other occupations through 2020.


Licensure: Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the necessary exams in order to apply for dental licensure in any state in the country. This includes the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE), and all regional clinical exams.

Advisory Board: Made up of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and industry partners, the board provides feedback and advice on skills and educational needs from an employer perspective, and helps keep the STLCC Dental Hygiene program current with industry trends.

Lecture, Lab and Practice: As a student you’ll start the program in August and by February you’ll be treating patients from the community, including your own friends and family. The STLCC Dental Hygiene program uses a three-pronged approach which includes classroom lectures, laboratory learning (where you’ll practice in a lab setting on typodont dental models), and then progresses to the clinic where you’ll practice on peer partners and patients from the community.

Faculty members include licensed registered dental hygienists and dentists licensed in Missouri as well as others with expertise in particular specialties.

Facilities: Fully equipped 20-chair dental hygiene clinic and four x-ray operator is equipped for digital radiography.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to questions. Click Here


The Bureau of Labor Statistics published January 2014: Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 33 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health to general health will continue to spur demand for preventative dental services, which are often provided by dental hygienists.

  • Speciality dental practices
  • General dental practices
  • The Military
  • Community health agencies
  • Private industry
  • The Peace Corps
  • Clinical practitioners
  • Educators
  • Researchers
  • Administrators
  • Managers
  • Program developers
  • Consultants
  • Dental product sales representative

Job Resources:


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divider-program-curriculumKim Polk, RDH, M.Ed.,
Program Director
Phone: 314-644-9334


Students must satisfy certain prerequisites before being accepted into the Dental Hygiene program at STLCC. The pre-requirements include 20 hours of observation time with practicing dental hygienists and a minimum grade point average of 2.8 in three prerequisite science courses. Prior to completing an application for the Dental Hygiene Program, candidates must first apply for general admission to STLCC and send all previous college transcripts to the Admissions Department. Students are also required to have proof of health insurance.

Dental Hygiene Program (AAS) - 74 Credits

Dental Hygiene Program Prerequisites:
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II
CHM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry
(These prerequisites must be satisfied prior to entry into the program.)
Program Total: 73 credits
I. Career General Education 19 credits
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100) 3
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100) 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100) 3
BIO 203 General Microbiology 4
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration 58 credits
DHY:150 Concepts in Clinical Dental Hygiene I: Pre-clinic 3
DHY 152 Clinical Dental Hygiene I: Pre-Clinic 3
DHY 154 Periodontics I 2
DHY 155 Dental Radiology 2
DHY 156 Dental Radiology Lab 1
DHY 157 Oral Anatomy 2
DHY 158 Biomedical Science for the Dental Hygienist 2
DHY 159 Dental Medical Emergencies 1
DHY 160 Concepts in Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
DHY 162 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 5
DHY 164 Periodontics II 2
DHY 167 Anatomy & Embryology of the Head & Neck 3
DHY 168 General & Oral Pathology 2
DHY 169 Ethics in Dental Hygiene 1
DHY 172 Clinical Dental Hygiene: Summer Clinic 2
DHY 273 Pain Control 2
DHY 250 Concepts in Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2
DHY 251 Concepts in Clinical Dental Hygiene III: Lab 1
DHY 252 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 5
DHY 257 Dental Materials 1
DHY 258 Dental Pharmacology 2
DHY 259 Dental Nutrition & Biochemistry 2
DHY 260 Concepts IV: Transitioning into Professional Dental Hygiene Practice 2
DHY 262 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 5
DHY 263 Dental Public Health 2

Please Note: Dental professionals may be at risk for exposure to numerous workplace hazards. These hazards include but are not limited to the spectrum of blood borne pathogens, pharmaceuticals and other chemical agents, human factors, ergonomic hazards, noise, vibration, and workplace violence. READ MORE

We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. Click Here

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Professional Affiliations

Graduates are Eligible for admission to:

adhaADHA – The American Dental Hygienists” Association
mdha-logoMDHA-The Missouri Dental Hygienists’ Association

gsdhaGreater St. Louis Dental Hygienists’ Association

We have active student chapters for each of these organizations.



The Dental Hygiene program is offered at our Forest Park campus. However, for added convenience, students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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