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Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Program

Achieve an Associate Degree in as few as 18 months*

Learn to Help Others Smile More

Our CODA-accredited Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene program offers you the foundation of science, professional knowledge and clinical skills you need to help others preserve their oral (and overall) health.


17 - 22

Months*

9%

National Employment Demand (2021-2031)**


As a Dental Hygienist, you’re an integral part of the dental team working directly with patients, helping them with their oral care. Hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases, take and develop x-rays, and provide other preventive dental care. Most Dental Hygienists work in dental offices, but some work in a physician’s office or with the government.


*Program length varies by campus location and state licensure requirements; individual program lengths may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.
**Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021-2031 projected job demand https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.
ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes. 

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Have an Associate Degree in Healthcare?
Currently Licensed Dental Hygienist?
Currently a Licensed Surgical Technologist?
Currently a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Currently a LDA or RDA?
Colorado
Missouri
Tennessee

Curriculum

Dental Hygiene Career Focused Education

Your search for dental hygiene programs that offer real-world career training ends at Concorde. We offer practical skills and knowledge that can transfer directly to the workplace.

Dental Hygiene Certification & Licensure Prep

The dental hygiene program strives to instill the importance of personal growth, professional commitment, community involvement, and continued research.

Graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. The exam fee and pre-exam prep costs are included in the cost of tuition. 

Dental Hygiene is a Hands-on Applied Skills Education Program

What you learn in the classroom and through online coursework is career relevant and you'll have opportunities to apply your knowledge in on-campus dental hygiene clinics.ᶛᶛ

You'll gain vital career skills:

  • Extraoral and Intraoral Exams
  • Periodontal and Dental Exams
  • Patient History Reviews
  • Vital Sign Checks
  • Risk Assessments

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.. 

Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment. Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment. Prep does not guarantee certification, employment or subsequent salary.

ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes. 

Career Outlook

Where Can a Dental Hygienist Work?

Dental hygienist job openings should grow as more people seek dental services.

  • Private & Group Practices
  • Specialty Practices
  • Public Health
  • Hospital Dental Clinics 

National Job Growth Projected 9%

**Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021-2031 projected job demand https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

 

Financial Aid

As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.


HEARTLAND DENTAL HYGIENE SCHOLARSHIP

Heartland Dental

The Heartland Dental Scholarship was founded to further its commitment to investing in the future of dental hygienists and are proud to provide scholarship opportunities to Concorde Dental Hygiene Programs.

Award Amount:  $2,500

Scholarship Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2023

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Currently Enrolled and Maintaining a Cumulative 3.2 or Higher GPA in a Concorde Associate Degree Dental Hygiene Program at Concorde's Kansas City, Dallas, Grand Prairie, Memphis, Aurora, Orlando, Tampa or San Antonio campus.***
  • Commit to completing a "job shadow" experience at a Heartland Dental support office during school break (Fall or Winter)
  • Submit an Essay
  • Complete Scholarship Application^

Scholarship Application

***Scholarship is not available to students enrolled at California campuses.

^Scholarship application and award is not controlled by Concorde. Concorde does not guarantee submission or award, nor does application or award guarantee graduation, employment or subsequent salary.

Accreditation

CODA: Approval without Reporting Requirements

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” CODA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Commission on Dental Accreditation: 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 440-4653; https://www.ada.org/en/coda.

CODA logo
  • Dallas, TX
  • Garden Grove, CA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Memphis, TN
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Bernardino, CA

CODA: Approval with Reporting Requirements

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval with reporting requirements.” CODA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Commission on Dental Accreditation: 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 440-4653; https://www.ada.org/en/coda.

  • Aurora, CO
  • San Diego, CA

CODA: Initial Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “initial accreditation”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: https://www.ada.org/en/coda.

  • Grand Prairie, TX
  • Tampa, FL
  • Orlando, FL

FAQ

Dental Hygiene Program FAQ

Frequently asked questions and answers.

15 Questions
Dental Assistantsprovide both clinical and administrative support in a dental office through tasks such as managing patient charts, scheduling appointments, taking X-rays, sterilizing equipment, and many other responsibilities. Dental hygienists perform cleanings and educate patients regarding general oral care and individualized dental health plans.
The Dental Hygiene program at Concorde can be completed in as little as 18 months. However, this varies by location. Please check with an admissions advisor for program length information.
Call us to find out when the Dental Hygiene program starts at a Concorde campus location near you. Program start dates can also be found in the campus catalog located at www.Concorde.edu.
According to BLS.gov, the dental hygienist job field is projected to grow 6 percent through 2029. Dental care is a necessity to have proper oral health and to keep healthy overall. Therefore, the demand for dental services is expected to rise as the population ages.
Becoming a Dental Hygenist comes with many perks as well as being able to promote oral health and overall body health. As a Dental Hygenist, you'll work in a dental office, educating patients about oral hygiene, interacting with a range of patients, providing routine preventive care and early gum disease management, and much more. Dental Hygenists can enjoy a flexible work schedule and have the opportunity for career advancements.
Concorde incorporates real-world training and off-site clinical experiences in our programs.
For program-specific tuition information, please see the campus catalog.
The Dental Hygiene (Associate Of Applied Science) program at Concorde can be completed in as little as 18 months. However, this varies by location. Please check with an admissions advisor for program length information.
Call us to find out when the Dental Hygiene (Associate of Applied Science) program starts at a Concorde campus location near you. Program start dates can also be found in the campus catalog located at www.Concorde.edu.
For program-specific tuition information, please see the campus catalog.

Students who enroll in the BSDH program are licensed hygienists and will transfer in block credit of 60 hours, earning another 60 hours with Concorde. There are two options for this program, Full-Time (70 weeks) and Part-Time (100 weeks).

Because this is a degree completion program, Concorde does require a candidate to hold a current hygienist license.
Our BSDH takes a typical 24 month degree and allows students to earn their bachelor degree in 70 weeks for Full-Time and 100 weeks for Part-Time.

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