Dental Hygienist

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

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

Dental 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. Students in this program are exposed to bloodborne pathogens and while in the program they learn to follow CDC guidelines.

SCTCC students can even work as researchers for the dental field and in sales and marketing for dental offices. There are various career options for our graduates, ensuring every student finds the path right for them.

Graduates from our dental hygienist program are equipped with skills to complete the necessary duties for the job. Graduates know how to complete patient assessment, clean teeth, take radiographs and dental images, apply fluoride treatments, provide periodontal therapy, and administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation.

Placement rate from self-reported data of employment in field of study up to one year post graduation.

2021 Placement
Central MN Median Wage

Wage data is from Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

From Degree to Career

When you choose the Dental Hygiene program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace. There are several employers in the St. Cloud area and beyond that are ready to hire dental hygienists.

Dental hygiene graduates of St. Cloud Technical & Community College have the knowledge, skills, clinical competency and ethical standards for entry into the dental hygiene profession.  Graduates are competent in providing dental hygiene care for the children, adolescents, adults, geriatric patients, and patients who are medically compromised or have special needs during dental care.

Dental hygiene graduates have utilized an evidence based approach when working with patients to assess the needs of the patient, formulate a dental hygiene care plan, implement the needed care, and to fully evaluate the outcomes of dental treatment.

Dental hygiene graduates realize the importance of the interdisciplinary role within the health care system to promote optimal oral health while facilitating access to dental care and services for all population groups.

Quick Glance

  • Patient communications
  • Patient assessment and care planning
  • Patient education and counseling
  • Digital imaging & radiology
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Instrumentation and periodontal therapy
  • Prevention procedures
  • Professional standards
  • Electronic records and documentation
  • HIPAA Compliance

Types of Careers

With a degree from our dental hygienist program, students have several career options. Our graduates have found careers working as dental hygiene clinicians, consultants, practice managers, and community health specialists.

Graduates have even worked in sales and marketing, research, and dental hygiene education. At SCTCC, we equip our students with the skills needed to succeed in whatever career path they choose.

Potential Employers

SCTCC dental hygiene graduates can find jobs with various employers in private dental practices, corporate dental practices, public health clinics, schools and government agencies. SCTCC dental hygiene graduates have sought employment with dental supply companies, becoming representatives for dental health organizations and pursued advanced degrees to be dental hygiene educators.

By utilizing their education, skills, and experience as a student at SCTCC, our graduates find successful career paths and networking opportunities. The dental hygiene program calls upon potential employers and companies to work with students on resume writing, interviewing skills and professional development opportunities. Graduates are ready to explore career options and seek job openings well before they actually graduate from the dental hygiene program.

Projected Job Growth

Quick Glance

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

Our graduates have worked with leading dental companies such as Cities Dental Group, Park Dental, Clearwater Dental, and Winegar Dental. With a degree from our dental hygienist program, students are equipped to excel with any company.

Students have even found job opportunities with Medical Arts Dental Office, Falls Court Dentists, P.A., Bicknell & Lehn Family Dentistry, and White Smiles Family Dentistry.

Quick Glance

  • 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 

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

The SCTCC dental hygiene program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. February 2022 was the last site visit to SCTCC.  The DH program has Full Accreditation Approval until the next onsite visit in 2029.   

There are specific accreditation standards that our program must follow directly related to the quality of the SCTCC Dental Hygiene Program. If for some reason, you believe that the program goals, institutional objectives and/or accreditation standards are not being met, you may contact the Commission of Dental Accreditation at the following address: 

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
The American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Il 60611

Dental Hygiene Students in clinic
Dental Hygiene student cleaning teeth
Dental Hygiene teeth molds
Dental Hygiene instructor with students in SCTCC clinic

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Dental Hygiene program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for an info session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Meet the Admissions Staff.

Dental Lab

Dental Lab Virtual Tour

Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

Current Students

Current Dental Hygiene students - this is your place for information.

Kami Burgess
Dental Hygiene Instructor


Anna Benner
Dental Hygiene Instructor


Current Pre-Dental Hygiene Students at SCTCC:

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

Students in our dental hygienist program have the opportunity to join the Student American Dental Hygiene Association (SADHA). SADHA allows students to gain professional experience and contacts.

SCTCC Student Clubs

The HESI exam is used to help evaluate students' academic readiness as part of the selection process.

Check out this document to learn more about what will be covered, how long it will take, and the requirements.

Study guides are available here.

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