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.
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!
**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.
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
- 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.
Students will complete on-campus labs including simulations and patient care settings.
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
- 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.
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.
Prep does not guarantee certification, employment or subsequent salary.
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
Address and Hours
111 N. Havana Street
Aurora, Colorado 80010
FX: (303) 839-5478
Campus Hours of Operation
|7 am - 7 pm
|7 am - 7 pm
|7 am - 7 pm
|7 am - 7 pm
|7 am - 6 pm
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
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 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.
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/.