Dental Hygienist

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing healthcare occupations. They educate patients on how to practice good oral hygiene, and they perform other preventive dental care such as teeth cleaning to remove tartar, stains and plaque; apply sealants and fluoride treatments; and take and develop x-rays. In the Dental Hygiene program, learn to provide therapeutic and preventive services with a dentist and become involved in dental health counseling.

  • Prepare for jobs such as dental hygienist or registered dental hygienist.
  • The Dental Hygienist program is accredited by the American Dental Association Committee on Dental Accreditation.
  • Involvement with the Dental Hygiene Club (SADHA) reinforces the importance of the dental hygienist's role in community service efforts and continuing education.
  • Program-to-program transfer opportunities are available at Carroll University and Minnesota State University-Mankato; select credits may also transfer to other institutions.
  • Graduates of WCTC's Dental Hygienist program consistently achieve outstanding pass rates on required exams -- most recently 100 percent on the National Board Dental Hygiene written exam and 100 percent on the Central Regional Dental Testing Service practical exam.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school health courses.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $46,000-$52,000
    • Average Salary: $48,288
    • Median Salary: $46,764
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $46,452
    • Average Hourly Wage: $24.67
    • Three-year Average Salary: $53,044

Required Courses

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Required General Education Coursework

Technical Core/Clinical Courses

+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class. Click on course title for specific information.)

Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

801-196 3
809-172 3
809-196 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities


Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 70
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Organizational LeadershipJunior Standing
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Public HealthJunior Standing
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Health ScienceJunior Standing
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in PsychologyJunior Standing
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Herzing UniversityBachelor of Science in Health Care Managementup to 58
Minnesota State University, MankatoBachelor of Science Degree, Dental Hygiene72
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies64
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 69
UW-StoutBachelor of Science Career, Technical Education & Trainingvaries
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science: Allied Healthcare ManagementJunior Standing

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your instructors

Program instructor, Kimberly M. Johns

Kimberly M. Johns

Phone: 262.691.5182


  • AAS – Dental Hygiene, Madison Area Technical College
  • BSDH, Marquette University
  • MS -- Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Education, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
  • Certificate for Post-Secondary Instruction, Marquette University
  • Public Dental Health Certificate, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College


  • Registered Dental Hygienist – Wisconsin
  • CPR certified for the Healthcare Provider

Teaching Philosophy

"To provide high quality instruction and promote the attainment of educational goals in a respectful and supportive environment while fulfilling individual needs of each student."

Program instructor, Patricia D. Mathie

Patricia D. Mathie

Phone: 262.691.5272


  • BSDH, Marquette University
  • M. Ed., Carroll University


  • Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Licensed to administer local anesthetic
  • Certified-American Heart Association CPR: Healthcare provider

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy is to create a learning environment in which the adult learner can reach educational potential and personal goals."

Program instructor, Heidi A. Schlei

Heidi Schlei

Phone: 262.691.5272


  • BSDH, Marquette University
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Stout


  • Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Local Anesthesia Certification

Teaching Philosophy

"I strive to serve as a facilitator and mentor for students as they work to achieve their educational goals."