Dental Hygienist

69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code 10-508-1

Dental hygienists educate patients on good oral hygiene, and they perform preventive dental care, such as teeth cleaning to remove tartar, stains and plaque; apply sealants and fluoride treatments; and develop x-rays. In this program, learn to provide therapeutic/preventive services with a dentist and become involved in dental health counseling.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in three years.

Start Date

  • This program is not currently accepting applications. We anticipate opening for new applications on October 1, 2021 (in-district residents only) for a fall 2022 start.
  • You will need to petition to the Dental Hygienist program and complete a background check in order to begin core courses.

How This Program Is Offered

This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting. Some hybrid/online classes are available.

 What Makes This Program Unique

  • Program graduates consistently achieve outstanding pass rates on exams - most recently 100 percent on both the National Board Dental Hygiene written exam and Central Regional Dental Testing Service practical exam
  • WCTC's Dental Hygiene Clinic provides comprehensive dental care to the community in an educational setting. Student dental hygienists complete procedures under supervision of a licensed dentist and registered hygienist.
  • Involvement with the Dental Hygiene Club (SADHA) reinforces the importance of the dental hygienist's role in community service efforts and continuing education.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page

This program requires valid BLS Provider certification.  If you are currently certified and need to maintain your status, WCTC also offers a BLS Provider Renewal course.

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

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How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2021 Start

  • This program is not currently accepting applications.

Spring 2021 Start

  • This program is not currently accepting applications.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$56,000 – $73,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you have a passion for dental care, are patient and possess good communication skills, dental hygiene may be the field for you. Dental hygienists are comfortable putting people at ease, have the dexterity to handle precision tools and possess physical stamina along with the ability to work in tight spaces.

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Registered Dental Hygienist

Information About Blood-borne Pathogens

All programs at WCTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout your clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Carroll UniversityBS Psychologyup to 64
Carroll UniversityBS Public Healthup to 64
Marian UniversityBS Dental Hygieneup to 70, 10% tuition discount
College Program Name Credit Awards
Colorado State University-Global CampusAny Bachelors Degreeup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Concordia University - WisconsinAny BachelorsUp to 84
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityAny Bachelors10% tuition discount
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBachelor of Business AdminJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
Purdue GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiescredits vary, 100% online
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


Other Educational Opportunities

Our certificates are a short-term educational option for growing your workplace skills and workforce marketability. Explore the following certificates if you’re involved in, and interested in learning more about, health careers.

Program Instructors

Lisa Bahr, M.Ed. | Program Director | 262.691.5561
Kimberly Johns, MS | 262.691.5182
Patricia Mathie, M.Ed. | 262.691.5272
Sara Taft, MSAH | 262.695.6209