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    Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


    Fully Accredited 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.

  • The STLCC Advantage

    divider-stlcc-advantageLicensure: 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 operatories 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 

  • Career Opportunities


    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
    • Health maintenance organizations
    • Community health agencies
    • Private industry
    • The Peace Corps
    • The World Health Organization
    • Clinical practitioners
    • Educators
    • Researchers
    • Administrators
    • Managers
    • Program developers
    • Consultants
    • Dental product sales representative
    Job Resources:

  • Estimated Expenses and Financial Aid


      • St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
      • STLCC provides a Net Price Calculator to help students estimate costs. READ MORE
      • For information on STLCC Scholarships READ MORE
      • For more information on expenses incurred as part of the Dental Hygiene program, please contact the program coordinator.
  • Students and Faculty

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

  • Program Curriculum and Related Programs


    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: 74 credits
    I. Career General Education 19 credits
    COM:101 Oral Communication I 3
    ENG:101 College Composition I 3
    SOC:101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    PSY:200 General Psychology I 3
    BIO:203 General Microbiology 4
    XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
    II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
    III. Area of Concentration 53 credits
    DHY:120 Concepts of Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene I 3
    DHY:121 Clinical Applications Lab I 1
    DHY:125 Periodontics I 2
    DHY:126 Dental Radiology I 2
    DHY:127 Oral Anatomy 3
    DHY:128 Biomedical Sciences for the Dental Hygienist 2
    DHY:129 Dental Medical Emergencies 2
    DHY:130 Concepts of Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
    DHY:131 Clinical Applications Lab II 1
    DHY:132 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 4
    DHY:136 Dental Nutrition and Biochemistry 3
    DHY:137 Anatomy and Embryology of the Head and Neck 2
    DHY:138 General and Oral Pathology 2
    DHY:142 Clinical Dental Hygiene Summer 2
    DHY:215 Pain Control 2
    DHY:220 Concepts of Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2
    DHY:221 Clinical Applications Lab III 1
    DHY:222 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4
    DHY:223 Community Public Health 2
    DHY:225 Periodontics II 2
    DHY:226 Dental Radiology II 1
    DHY:228 Dental Pharmacology 2
    DHY:230 Transition into Professional Dental Hygiene Practice 2
    DHY:232 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 4
    Recommended Academic Plan Check the Recommended Academic Plan, or RAP, for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. This map is designed to help keep you on track for a timely graduation.

    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


    Related Programs
    Dental Assisting

  • Additional Information


    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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