Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

Degree Type

69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code


Time to Degree

More than 2 years

Start Date

August 2022

How You'll Learn

On Campus


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.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2022 Start

  • Submit application by October 29, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by February 7, 2022

Spring 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

Summer 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

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

Tuition Costs

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. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Dental Hygiene Kit: $2,600+
  • Scrubs/Shoes: $75
  • Drug Screen: $55
  • Immunizations: up to $850
  • BLS for the Healthcare Provider: $50-$85

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Admissions Advisor.


Apply and Become Admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program

  • Follow the "How to Apply" steps outlined above. Be sure to complete these steps by the date listed in the "Application Deadlines" tab.
  • During the month of October, applications are accepted from WCTC district residents only. Due to the high demand of this program, applications for out-of-district residents will not be accepted for the fall 2022 semester.
  • Admission to the Dental Hygiene program does not guarantee seats in our core or clinical courses.

Complete General Studies Courses


Petition to the Program

After successfully completing these steps and being awarded a seat through the petitioning process, you can begin your core courses. In order to begin core courses, you will need to successfully:


After the Program

Upon graduating, you will be prepared to take the National Board Dental Hygiene written exam and Central Regional Dental Testing Service practical exam.

Program Details

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Outreach team by filling out our online form or by email at

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

The students enrolled in the Dental Hygienist program should be able to meet the established technical standards identified below with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards for the Dental Hygienist program are representative of those found in the Dental Hygienist profession.

Review the Dental Hygienist Technical Standards.

Please note that some clinical sites require compliance with various COVID-19 safety protocols and measures as a condition to placement. Required protocols and measures may include, but are not limited to, receipt of COVID-19 vaccination and proof of same and testing or serial testing for COVID-19. Students may individually address clinical placement requirements with Jenny Clausen, Clinical Placement Specialist.

Reasonable accommodations may be available for students with documented disabilities and/or sincerely held religious beliefs. Students seeking accommodation due to documented disability should contact the Student Accessibility Office. Students seeking accommodation due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact Jonathan Pedraza in the Student Development Office.

$64,000 – $91,700 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.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

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.

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 hygiene care to the community in an educational setting. Student dental hygienists complete procedures under the 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.


WCTC’s Dental Hygienist program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

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