About the Program

Admission into this program requires a special application and is highly competitive. The college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum admission standards.

The Dental Hygiene Program provides knowledge and skills necessary to gain licensure and to practice as a dental hygienist. Skills include direct patient care, patient assessment, dental hygiene care planning, scaling, root planing, radiographs, preventive measures, sealants, local anesthetic administration, nitrous oxide sedation, and customized oral health education for individuals and groups. The program prepares you to take written and clinical licensing exams. The Dental Hygiene curriculum requires two consecutive academic years including one summer. Students will: 

  • Work on a professional dental team to provide high-quality patient care in a variety of settings including an onsite dental clinic
  • Perform a wide range of patient procedures including patient assessment, x-rays, cleaning, and administering local anesthetic
  • Make a difference by promoting oral health for adults and children

The Dental Hygiene program begins once per year, in the Fall semester. Courses are scheduled Monday – Friday and may begin as early as 8:00 am some days and go as late as 8:00 pm other days.

Interested in earning your Bachelor of Science while earning your dental hygiene degree?

Partnering with Metropolitan State, we offer the AAS/BSDH dual admission program with simultaneous admission to Century College’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene and Metropolitan State University’s Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) program. Through this unique partnership, students have the opportunity to take specific bachelor’s level degree completion courses along with associate program courses on Century’s campus. For those who desire to obtain a BSDH degree, this opportunity provides flexibility for educational and career planning, and an avenue for completing a BSDH degree within one or two semesters after completing the Century College AAS dental hygiene degree.

Click the following hyperlink to explore this opportunity on the Metropolitan State MetroConnect page: https://www.metrostate.edu/apply/path/metroconnect/dental-hygiene

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Special Application Required

This program requires special admission. You must apply for general admission first before submitting the special application.

Application Deadline

Apply click HERE. Applications will be accepted until March 26, 2021 for 12 openings starting in the Fall 2021 semester. Applicants who have completed all requirements prior to the deadline will be given first consideration. See special application booklet in Admissions; Counseling, Career, and Advising Center; or online for more information. Any applications submitted after the March 26 deadline will be denied.

Click here to view optional video instructions on how to apply for the program.

Application Requirements

  1. Dental Assistant: graduate of an accredited Dental Assistant program and Current Minnesota Licensed/ Registered Dental Assistant, (L/RDA).
  2. Applicants will have at least 1040 hours (equal to approximately six months full-time work) experience in the past three years by the application deadline will receive priority consideration during the selection process. Applicants with fewer than 1040 hours of work experience will be considered. Complete this Work Experience Verification form prior to submitting your Dental Hygiene application. You will need to upload it into the online Dental Hygiene application before you complete and submit.
  3. Science Lab Courses: Completion of the following science lab courses with a grade of C or higher and   a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in these courses:
    • Introductory Chemistry (Century CHEM 1020 or 1041; Math 0030 is a prerequisite to CHEM 1020)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology (Century BIOL 2031 & 2032 or BIOL 2040 & 2045. BIOL 1020 & CHEM 1020 are prerequisites to BIOL 2031)
    • Microbiology (Century BIOL 2035. BIOL 2031 is a prerequisite to BIOL 2035)
  4. Credit & GPA: Completion of a minimum of 12 college level, Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) semester credits with a MnTC GPA of 2.5. Grade point average will be calculated on all  college level MnTC credits completed at the time of application to the Dental Hygiene program. Technical credits, Pass/Fail, CLEP, Career Development, Learning Lab, Study Skills, Physical Education or ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) courses will not  be calculated in the GPA or counted in the 12 minimum credits required for admission.
    • Students whose MnTC  grade point average is less than 2.5 may petition to use only “recent” college level credits to meet the required 2.5 GPA. Students must complete the “recent” credits and submit the petition to the Admissions Office prior to the Dental Hygiene Program application deadline. See counselor or advisor for assistance.
    • If a student has earned a baccalaureate degree or higher, the minimum 2.5 may be calculated on the final (30) semester credits. The science requirement must also be met.
  5. Course Placement Testing: All  Dental Hygiene applicants are required to comply with the Century College policy regarding course placement testing in reading comprehension, writing, and mathematics prior to the application deadline. All required remedial/developmental coursework must be completed by the end of the summer session that precedes the beginning of the Dental Hygiene program, or the student will lose her/his space in the program. It is strongly recommended students complete these courses prior to the application deadline.
  6. Have a high school diploma or GED.
  7. Applications will be accepted until March 26 for 12 openings starting the next Fall. Applicants who have completed all requirements prior to the deadline will be given first consideration. See special application booklet in Admissions; Advising, Counseling and Career Center for more information.

Additional Requirements

  1. Minnesota Law requires any individual having contact with patients to complete a MN Human Services background study prior to starting the clinical experience. An individual may be disqualified from having patient contact and would not be permitted to participate in the clinical experience. Contact the Minnesota Board of Dentistry and the Minnesota Department of Human Services with any questions.
  2. Current certification in CPR is required by the end of the first semester of Dental Assistant program courses. Certification must cover adults, children and infants. The American Heart Association Health Care Provider, Level C, CPR certification meets this requirement as does EMS 1010 at Century. The Red Cross also offers an equivalent certification.

Policy information

A copy of the program’s policy on hazardous materials, bloodborne pathogens, and infectious diseases is available upon request or by visiting http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens/index.html

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Image of a bar graph explaining Century's Dental and Prosthetic Tuition Cost Per Credit.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

    Financial Aid

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs quality for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College's Federal School Code is 010546.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

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The Dental Hygiene major is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Dental Hygienists

Salary Data

Dental Hygienists
Average Wage: $35.26/hour
Top Earners: $43.62/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu