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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 professionalism, communication, social responsibility, and lifelong learning. 

Program goals:

  • Prepare graduates who will be competent to provide quality comprehensive dental hygiene care
  • Promote admission of a qualified and diverse student population
  • Participate in interprofessional community health promotion
  • Engage in professional activities and lifelong learning
  • Maintain a program that reflects relevant, current and advancing dental hygiene practice
  • Incorporate emerging technologies to enhance quality dental hygiene care.

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 Normandale Dental Hygiene curriculum prepares students to take the written National Dental Hygiene board exam and the Central Regional Dental Services practice exam, which are the licensing exams to become a licensed Dental Hygienist in Minnesota. Students are eligible for licensure in Minnesota as well as other states. Please click HERE to view other states where Normandale Dental Hygiene graduates are eligible for initial licensure via taking these two examinations.

The Associate of 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 textbooks. 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.

The following should be provided to the Health Sciences Enrollment Manager after acceptance to the program:

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

More details will be provided during the Dental Hygiene program orientation.

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 Minnesota State Dental Hygiene education program. The standards are compatible with the scope of practice as defined by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.