Dental Hygiene

Contact the Program Director

Debbie Holexa

Residential Faculty - Dental Hygiene Program Director


Office: RDM-S Saguaro - Room: S255

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.

Mesa Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program offers a rigorous and intensive science orientated program. We promote the evolution of dental hygiene by exploring and implementing new methods and ideas. The program is balanced with a mindfulness-based approach. Mindfulness, awareness and presence practices are integrated for the development of high levels of emotional intelligence and the cultivation of compassionate, empathetic and professional behavior.

Graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. They are eligible to take the written and clinical exams necessary to obtain licensure in any state in the US. Completion of the Program does not guarantee licensure as a dental hygienist.

The mission of MCC's dental hygiene program is to develop the next generation of competent health-oriented dental hygienists who are empowered to:

  1. Provide comprehensive patient centered care
  2. Educate and inspire the community
  3. Participate in a whole person approach to lifelong learning

Clinical patient care is held during the evenings, at A.T. Still University (Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health), located south of US 60 near Power Road and Baseline Road in Mesa.  Lecture courses are held at Mesa Community College’s Red Mountain Campus.


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.

Career Profile

Quick Stats

Example Titles
Dental Hygienist
Types of Employers
Dental Offices
Dental Clinics

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.

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