Printed on 10/21/2021

Dental Hygienist

10-508-1 Associate Degree (AAS)
Full Time
70 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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Be the one who helps people achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. As a dental hygienist, you’ll work as a member of a dental health team, focusing on prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation of oral disease. In this program, your training will include assessing patients for signs, symptoms and risk factors of oral disease. You’ll get the skills needed to expose x-rays for diagnoses of oral disease and will learn how to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation. You’ll also get training in counseling patients about nutrition, oral hygiene and dental care, and will gain skills in maintaining patient records. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the Central Regional Dental Testing Service Practical exam to become a licensed registered dental hygienist.

Career Opportunities

  • Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)


Estimated Program Cost

Dental Hygienist

This program will cost about $15,498.50*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $2,675.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $3,089.85*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


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Dental Hygienist

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022 Fall 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Dental TEAS

    A TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) composite score of 58.7 or above is required for admission to the Pre-Associate Degree Nursing and Dental Hygiene Programs

    High School Transcript

    Submit a final, official high school transcript or an official copy of GED/HSED certification scores.

    Dental Technical Standards

    Read, acknowledge, and submit the Technical Standards found at

  • Credit Transfer Options

    They're your credits. Take them with you!

    Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • Program Outcomes
    • Model dental hygiene professional code of ethics
    • Counsel clients/patients to reduce health risks
    • Provide community oral health services in a variety of settings
    • Manage infection and hazard control
    • Assess data on all aspects of patient/client health using methods consistent with dental hygienist scope of practice and legal principles
    • Formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan in collaboration with the client and other health professionals
    • Provide preventive and therapeutic services that promote oral health according to the needs of the patient/client
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented client/patient dental hygiene care plan
  • Program Accreditation/Certification
    The Dental Hygiene associate degree program at Fox Valley Technical College is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA), which means your program completion is recognized in all 50 U.S. states and you will be eligible for the Dental Hygiene National Board examination and the Central Regional Dental Testing Center (CRDTS) practical exam. The national pass rate in 2016 was 95%. In 2016, FVTC graduates had a pass rate of 100%.
  • Additional Information

    Please review [this guide]( for complete admissions and program information.

    Students entering an FVTC Dental Program should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. For more information, please review the [Bloodborne Pathogens document](

    Students must obtain a C grade in each required general education and core course. If a C grade is not obtained, you will be required to repeat the course.

    There is an estimated wait time of 4 years AFTER your admit term to enter occupational specific courses; while waiting to start occupational specific courses, you may choose to take general education and elective courses required for your degree or diploma program.

    E-Value Account – When entering into the second year of the three year Dental Hygiene program, students will be required to purchase an E-Value Account. This program document tracking account is where you will upload your program requirements (immunization records, program forms, CPR, etc.). All instructions and forms will be found within your E-Value account. When it is time to purchase this account an email will be sent to your FVTC email account. The E-Value requirements must be met and uploaded into the student’s account prior to the beginning of the fall semester of their second year.

    Students must purchase a dental instrument kit for the fall semester of their second year. The instrument kit fee will be attached to the Pre-Clinical course.

    Before entering the Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene Course- Dental Hygiene Process 1, evidence of CPR certification that includes 2-person Healthcare Provider CPR must be submitted to your E-Value account.

    Your program requires that you complete Anatomy & Physiology which has the following prerequisite: ACCPL Read >= 80 OR ACT Read >= 20 OR for programs requiring TEAS a Composite >= 50 OR Program Prep; ACCPL Sentence >= 83 OR ACT Engl >=18 OR for programs requiring TEAS a Composite >= 50 OR Program Prep; and 2 semesters of HS Chemistry OR Gen Chemistry (10-806-134) with C or better.

    This program may require professional licensure or certification; FVTC has determined that this program meets professional licensure requirements in the state of Wisconsin; however, FVTC has not determined if this program meets professional licensure requirements for other states.

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