Dental Hygienist

Degrees and Certificates

Upcoming  Dental Hygiene Information Sessions

Note: We will be holding the Information Sessions via Zoom online for the remainder of the spring.

Thursday, May 7 at 11:30 a.m..

Zoom link:

Why Choose This Program

With a dental hygiene degree from SCTCC, grads are licensed primary healthcare professionals. After learning skills in the classroom, students will take the National Dental Hygiene Board exam, the Central Regional Board exam, and then get a license in the state where they want to practice.

Hygienists work in clinical dental settings and provide preventative, educational, and therapeutic services to patients. By promoting public health, dental hygienists help people learn the importance of dental health.

Duties include patient assessment, teeth cleaning, taking radiographs and dental images, applying fluoride treatments, providing periodontal therapy, and administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation.

graduated from
Tech High School
St. Cloud
Dental Hygienist
I like the small class sizes. There’s a lot of opportunity for your instructor to work one on one with you. They really want the best for you and want you to succeed.
Dental Hygienist
I had a great hygienist as a child. I’ve always been really interested in dental and the atmosphere of the dentist’s office.

Skills Acquired

  • Patient communications
  • Patient assessment and management
  • Patient education and counseling
  • Radiology
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Instrumentation
  • Professional standards
  • Attention to detail
  • Use of technology
  • Ability to work independently or as a team
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

Career Choices

Types of Careers

  • Dental hygiene clinician
  • Consultant
  • Practice manager
  • Sales and marketing
  • Community health specialist
  • Researcher
  • Dental hygiene educator

Potential Employers

  • Private dental practices
  • Corporate dental practices
  • Specialty dental practices
  • Government
  • Corporations
  • Dental supply companies

Projected Job Growth

Where Grads Work

  • Cities Dental Group
  • Park Dental 
  • Clearwater Dental
  • Winegar Dental
  • Medical Arts Dental Office 
  • Falls Court Dentists, P.A.
  • Bicknell & Lehn Family Dentistry 
  • White Smiles Family Dentistry 

Accreditations & Credentials

The St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) Dental Hygienist program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dental video
360º Virtual Tour

Length: 3:19

Info Sessions

Contact Us

To learn more about the Dental Hygiene program, sign up for an Information Session. These sessions provide an opportunity to:

  • Talk face-to-face with program faculty.
  • Tour state-of-the-art labs, where hands on learning comes to life.
  • Get your questions answered.

SCTCC Admissions Team

Current Pre-Dental Hygiene Students at SCTCC:

Academic Advising Center
Phone: 320-308-5741
Office: Northway Building, 1-312

Related Links

Clubs & Organizations

SADHA (Student American Dental Hygiene Association)

SCTCC Student Clubs

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