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Dental Hygiene

Learn how to provide preventative dental care

Moreno Valley College's Dental Hygiene Program is the only community college based dental hygiene program in the Inland Empire. We're responsible for educating future registered dental hygienists who will graduate prepared to address the oral health needs of our diverse community.

School of Business, Health and Human Services About the Dental Hygiene Program

Programs of Study

  • A
    Associate Degree
  • T
    Transfer Degree
  • C
    Credit Certificate
  • N
    Non-Credit
  • Limited Enrollment
    Limited Enrollment
  • Online Options Available
    Online Options

Dental Hygiene

Associate of Science

  • A
  • Limited Enrollment

This program prepares individuals to clean teeth and apply preventive materials; provide oral health education and treatment counseling to patients; identify oral pathologies and injuries; and manage dental hygiene practices. This includes instruction in dental anatomy, microbiology, and pathology; dental hygiene theory and techniques; cleaning equipment operation and maintenance; dental materials; radiology; patient education and counseling; office management; supervised clinical training; and professional standards.

This program has limited enrollment and requires interested students to fulfill course prerequisites and a program application before being admitted.

Program Code

MAS724

Units

61.5 Units

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Why study dental hygiene?

Dental hygienists aim to provide excellent patient oral care and spend as much time with their patients, if not more, than dentists. Focused on preventative services, dental hygienists conduct regular and deep cleanings, perform routine check-ups, take x-rays, administer sealants and flouride treatments, and provide patients with the tools to care for their oral health. Becoming a dental hygienist is a stable, rewarding career where you can work directly with your community and increase the quality of life of your patients. 

What You'll Learn

  • Be competent in complying with the Dental Practice Act of California.
  • Practice as a competent practitioner.
  • Successfully complete the National and State Licensing examinations.
  • Demonstrate behavior that is based on the ethical and moral values as outlined by the American Dental Hygienists Association.
  • Perform dental hygiene services as a level that promotes patient satisfaction.

Career Options

  • Dental or Oral Hygienist
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Community Dental Health Coordinator
  • Dental Consultant
  • Dental Product Developer
  • Health Educator
  • Dental Treatment Coordinator