Dental Hygiene Program - Big Spring
The application will open again in September
Special Note Regarding Science Course Completion:
– Courses must be completed by December prior to the year Dental Hygiene application is submitted
– Courses cannot be over five years old when Dental Hygiene application is submitted
This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
The education of the dental hygienist emphasizes the basic sciences which include microbiology, chemistry, pathology, anatomy, and physiology. Other components of the curriculum develop the clinical skills of the dental hygienist which ultimately prepares the hygienist to provide preventive dental health services to the public. A Dental Hygienist is eligible for licensure after graduation from an educational program accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and upon successful completion of both a written National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and a clinical examination. The licensed dental hygienist practice in accordance with the requirements of individual state dental practice acts. The purpose of licensure is to protect the public. In many states, a dental hygienist must take continuing education courses to renew his/her license.
Note: Due to the heavy academic and clinical time requirements of the Dental Hygiene courses, it is recommended that support courses be completed before entry into this program. Scheduling problems may arise and could delay a student’s graduation. Students using financial aid may choose to delay one or two of the support courses to use during a semester with less than 12 Dental Hygiene course hours.
The Howard College Dental Hygiene Application is available. This application will include a physical exam, dental exam, a copy of required immunizations/vaccinations, and demonstrated knowledge of dental hygiene with documented observation hours. Prior to admission into the Dental Hygiene Program applicants must first gain Admission to Howard College, which can be completed simultaneously as your Dental Hygiene Application: apply to Howard College.
You can begin your observation hours prior to applying to the program. The form can be found clicking on the “Observation Form” link to the left.