Dental Hygiene

As of fall 2015 any student not currently on the Dental Hygiene wait list will be required to complete BI 121, BI 122, BI 127, and CHM 210 with a C or better within two attempts. A withdraw equals one attempt. 02/13/15

Effective fall semester 2015
: a three-credit humanities course is required for ALL graduates. Any three-credit humanities course will fill the requirement.

(Students should initially enroll in Code 324)
Associate in Applied Arts and Science: Academic Department: Dental

The dental hygienist-the preventive specialist-fills a key position on the dental health team. Graduates of the associate degree curriculum may assume a variety of major roles in the prevention of dental disease.

Dental hygiene practice includes: obtaining clients' medical and dental histories, conducting extraoral and intraoral examinations, performing diagnostic procedures, providing complete oral prophylaxis (scaling and polishing teeth) and polishing restorations and placing pit and fissure sealants. The Michigan Dental Law has expanded dental hygiene care to include periodontal treatment.

Graduates will be eligible to take national and regional board examinations to qualify for licensure as Registered Dental Hygienists. Requirements for licensure as an RDH in the State of Michigan are stated in the Michigan Public Health Code, Public Act 368 of 1978. The new applicant for licensure will be asked about felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions resulting in imprisonment, and convictions for possession of controlled substances (including those involving alcohol related to motor vehicle violations). Previous convictions may prevent the applicant from receiving a license.

Dental hygienists work in private and group dental practices, departments of public health, hospitals, schools, clinics, veterans' facilities and the armed forces. Job opportunities for trained dental hygienists are expected to be good in the years ahead.

The programs in dental assisting and dental hygiene are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements"]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted by phone (312) 440-4653, by mail 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 or online.

The average time it takes to start the dental hygiene program AFTER making it on the ready/wait list is approximately two years.

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GRCC Curriculum

Dental Hygiene Curriculum

Check out our college catalog for pre-program requirements and additional information. 

Estimated Program Costs

Dental Hygiene Estimated Cost Sheet

Additional Program Information

Posting Form for Policy on Third Party Comments (Commission on Dental Accreditation)

Administrative Rules

Public Health Code


How does a student find out what courses transfer to four year colleges?

The following links will take you to online equivalency guides provided by the transfer institution. This will allow you to check how your GRCC courses will transfer. The college catalogs will allow you learn more about your transfer school. If your transfer institution does not provide an online transfer equivalency guide, you should contact the Counseling and Career Center for additional information and assistance in transferring.

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