Dental Hygiene

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

This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.

Dental Hygiene

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:

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

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.

Accreditation

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.

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 Hygiene program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Dental Hygiene

Career Opportunities

The Dental Hygiene program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Dental Hygienists $89,370
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $111,720
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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.