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Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Aurora, CO

Learn to Help Others Smile More

Train for a career that gets smiles with Concorde in Aurora. 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.


Help Others Keep Their Smiles Healthy

  • Complete your associate degree in as few as 17-months. 
  • Learn to provide cleanings, take x-rays, and promote oral health.
  • Program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Dental Hygiene Program Overview

The dental hygiene program is an Associate of Applied Science degree program. The curriculum is designed to blend theory with hands-on application in both lab and clinical settings. You will learn to work within dental practices to provide cleanings, perform screenings and take x-rays. Your training will also prepare you to provide education on at-home care to patients, as well as act as an important source of information for the dentist, alerting them to problems or changes in a patients’ dental health.

Students pursuing the dental hygiene associate degree program may be able to earn their degree in as few as 17-months. 

Graduates of the program may also be eligible to further their education and pursue a Dental Hygiene bachelor's degree through Concorde's online degree completion program. The online bachelor's degree program requires that applicants have earned an associate degree in dental hygiene from an accredited institution and are a licensed dental hygienist. 


Now Enrolling, Take the Next Step Now

Think you’d love to become a dental hygienist? Contact Concorde Aurora today to learn if our dental hygiene degree program is right for you!

  1. **Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022-2032 projected job demand https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

17

Months

7%

National Employment Demand (2022-2032)

88.5

Credit Hours

210

Lab Hours

550

Clinical Hours

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Curriculum

Dental Hygiene Program Coursework

The dental hygiene associate degree program at Concorde's Aurora campus covers general education, dental science and practical skills. Thanks to our on-site dental clinic, you can also gain supervised clinical experience treating patients and serving the local community while you learn. You can complete this program in as few as 17-months of study,  including board certification exam review. 

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Office Management
  • Dental Radiography
  • Periodontology
  • Dental Public Health
  • Dental Law and Ethics

 

On-Campus Dental Hygiene Clinics

Open to the public, Concorde offers low-cost dental hygiene treatments through its on-campus dental hygiene clinic. Concorde dental hygiene students, as part of their program work under the supervision of the program director and a licensed dentist to deliver affordable oral care to visiting patients. 

The clinical experience provides Concorde graduates with a variety of cases and medical professional interactions - helping you better prepare for a career as a dental hygienist. 

210

Lab Hours

Practice On-Campus

Students will complete on-campus labs including simulations and patient care settings. 

550

Clinical Hours

Real-World Application

Taking what you've learned in the classroom and practiced in a lab will culminate with real-world application through on-campus public clinical rotation(s).

 

Dental Hygiene Licensure & Certification

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. 

Licensure Requirements:

  • Graduate from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited Dental Hygiene program.
  • Undergo a criminal history investigation.
  • Pass a written Dental Law & Ethics Examination.
  • Pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
  • Pass the state clinical board or an authorized regional clinical board.

The cost for your certification exam as well as pre-certification exam prep coursework is covered by Concorde.

Tuition fee for the program of study includes the cost for an eligible graduate's first attempt to sit for professional certification.

Concorde expects all students to complete pre-certification exam prep training through the campus resources at no additional cost to the student. 


Continuing Education

Looking to further your education beyond an associate degree, then consider Concorde's online  Dental Hygiene bachelor's degree completion program. Available to licensed dental hygienists with an associate degree. The fully online post-licensure program can be completed in as few as 18-months. 

  1. Prep does not guarantee certification, employment or subsequent salary.

Career Outlook

Demand for Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who work directly with patients, in collaboration with a dentist. Hygienists will with patients through cleanings, procedures and education that includes repeat visits; developing a long-term trusting relationship. 

Whether in a private practice or through community healthy providers, dental hygienists are important part of a patient's oral care experience.

Dental Hygienist Responsibilities

Licensed dental hygienists play an active role in many dental clinics providing both a significant service for patients and revenue source to the practice. Examples of what a dental hygienist may do: 

  • Perform cleanings to remove plaque, tartar, and stains from teeth
  • Assess patients' oral and gum health
  • Provide patients with advice and education about maintaining good oral hygiene
  • Take detailed patient records
  • Alert dentists to patient oral health issues that need further treatment
  • Perform x-rays and interpret findings

7%

Projected national job demand for dental hygienists from 2022-2032 

Where do Dental Hygienists Work

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

Address and Hours

Aurora Campus

111 N. Havana Street
Aurora, Colorado 80010

PH: (720) 808-0455
FX: (303) 839-5478

Campus Hours of Operation

Monday7 am - 7 pm
Tuesday7 am - 7 pm
Wednesday7 am - 7 pm
Thursday7 am - 7 pm
Friday7 am - 6 pm
SaturdayBy Appointment
SundayClosed

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 Aurora, CO 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

Accreditation and licensure are an important part of an academic institution’s operation. Visit our Accreditations and Licensure page for more details about our accreditations and licensure.

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://coda.ada.org/.

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  1. 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.

  2. Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.

  3. Financial aid is available to those who qualify but may not be available for all programs. Concorde does not guarantee financial aid or scholarship awards or amounts.

  4. Clinical 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.

  5. 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.