Contact the Program Director

Kimberlee A. Zitek

Residential Faculty - Dental Hygiene


Office: RDM-S Saguaro - Room: 266

For complete admission information to enter the Dental Hygiene Program at Mesa Community College, please visit our program's website.

This program is part of the Allied Health Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Health Sciences

If you want a career that is both personally and professionally fulfilling and you enjoy interacting with people, consider a career as a dental assistant or hygienist. Both are in-demand positions that form a critical part of a dental team’s success.

Our Dental program offers paths for both careers — with instructors who have real-world experience and will teach you essential skills and safety guidelines. Dental assistants support the dental team during a variety of clinical and administrative procedures. In this program, you’ll learn how to work with, record, and interpret patient data, as well as how to document diagnoses, treatment plans, and performed procedures. We will also teach you how to manage referrals and lab cases.

Dental hygienists assess and diagnose the oral health of patients, assist the dentist, and take and develop x-rays. A dental hygienist requires good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and attention to detail. In the program, you’ll learn to perform a preliminary exam and teeth cleaning. As a licensed dental hygienist, you may be employed in a general or specialty dental practice in private or public healthcare settings.

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Associate Degree

MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Dental program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Dental Hygiene

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree within the Dental program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

Meet with an Advisor

Before signing up for classes, you will want to meet with an academic advisor.  Together you will lay out a program and career path that suits you best.  This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Dental Hygiene program is available through enrollment services at the Red Mountain Campus.  This may help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education your are looking for.