Dental Hygiene Degrees

The mission of the Dental Hygiene Program at Normandale Community College is to prepare dental hygiene students in the provision of comprehensive dental hygiene care, while emphasizing ethics, social responsibility, and lifelong learning.Program goals include the intent to: prepare graduates who will be competent to provide quality comprehensive dental hygiene care, manage policies to ensure admission of a qualified and diverse student population, participate in collaborative community health promotion, engage in professional activities and lifelong learning, maintain a program that reflects relevant and current dental hygiene practice and incorporate emerging technologies to enhance quality dental hygiene services.

Following graduation and licensure requirements of the State Board of Dentistry, the dental hygienist becomes a primary healthcare professional, oral health educator and clinician who may choose to work in a variety of settings.

The Associate in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene


General Information

In addition to general fees and books, admitted dental hygiene students purchase uniforms, instruments, clinic supplies, software, and testbooks. Each student is required to purchase dental professional liability insurance which is included in course fees each fall. Students will be required to pay additional fees to take the National Board Exam, Central Regional Clinical Board Exam and State Jurisprudence examination during the spring semester of the second year of study.

Due to the nature of the dental hygiene profession, students will be participating in a learning environment that has the potential of exposure to blood borne pathogens. Students accepted into the program are provided with written policies and instruction on infection control protocol to reduce the risk of disease transmission. The program complies with all institutional, local, state and federal policies. Policies and procedures on the dental hygiene program's infection control protocol are available to applicants upon request.

All students must complete the following prior to entry in fall semester of the first year of study and must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program.

  • Physical examination
  • Immunizations
  • Optical examination
  •  Successful Background Study
  • HIPAA Training
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the health care provider

Students entering the Dental Hygiene program are expected to meet the Technical Standards for Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Programs. These technical standards are required abilities for effective performance in this MnSCU Dental Hygiene education program. The standards are compatible with the scope of practice as defined by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.