Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

A Dental Hygienist is a licensed preventive oral health care professional who provides educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to the public.

As part of clinical dental hygiene services, dental hygienists may:

  • Perform oral health care assessments
  • Expose, process, and interpret dental x-rays
  • Remove plaque and calculus from above and below the gumline
  • Apply cavity-preventive agents
  • Administer local anesthetic and/or nitrous oxide analgesia
  • Educate patients on proper oral hygiene techniques and proper nutrition for oral health

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Hygiene prepares students to practice entry-level dental hygiene. Dental Hygiene students will provide preventive and therapeutic services, and will develop a commitment to the community through extramural opportunities serving diverse populations. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline.

Career and Employment Outlook

Employment is found in a variety of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations, correctional institutions, nursing homes or in a corporate environment.

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Additional Info

Program Accreditation

Dental Hygiene AAS Degree
Dental Assisting AAS Degree and Certificate of Completion

The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation accredits the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs offered by Phoenix College.  

Eligibility for Licensure

Graduates from the Phoenix College Dental Hygiene Program are eligible for board examinations and licensure in all fifty states. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners.

Transfer Options

Transfer articulation to NAU for a Bachelor Science in Dental Hygiene is also available. Contact the Transfer Center for information.