Dental Hygienist
A Dental Hygienist is a preventive oral health professional licensed in dental hygiene that provides educational, clinical, and therapeutic services supporting total health through the promotion of optimal oral health.

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.

Interested in Becoming a Patient?
Patients are assigned to students according to pre-set criteria.  For appointment information, please call (432) 264-5065 or email Peggy Lee: plee@howardcollege.edu