Successfully completing the Dental Hygiene program at Mesa Community College will prepare individuals for the necessary licensure requirements to begin a rewarding career in the Dental Hygiene profession.
The Dental Hygiene program offers a rigorous, intensive, science-based curriculum, balanced with personal development, creating a whole person educational approach. Graduates are awarded an Associate’s in Applied Science degree and become eligible to take the written and clinical exams necessary to obtain a license in Dental Hygiene.
The mission of MCC's dental hygiene program is to develop the next generation of competent health-oriented dental hygienists who are empowered to:
We will promote the evolution of dental hygiene by exploring and implementing new methods and ideas. Mindfulness, awareness and presence practices are integrated for the development of emotional intelligence and the cultivation of compassionate, empathetic and professional behavior.
Lecture courses are held at the Red Mountain Campus. Clinical experiences take place at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, located just south of the U.S. 60 and west of Power Road in Mesa.
The Mesa Community College program is accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
Dental hygienists traditionally provide preventive and therapeutic oral health care to patients in a dentist supervised work setting. Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through year 2018.
Growth is in response to an increasing demand for dental care and greater utilization of dental hygienists to perform some services previously performed by dentists. Job prospects are expected to remain constant. Career opportunities are available in private dental offices and clinics, nursing homes, schools, post-secondary institutions, public health, research, and in private business.
For information about a future career in dental hygiene, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed Dental Hygienist job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.
For Arizona employment outlook visit http://www.azstats.gov/pubs/labor/FastGroOccs.pdf.