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  • Dental Hygiene

    Delivery: A mix of daytime and evening classes.
    Start: Fall Semester only; Full-Time only.

    Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time.
     

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 decisions will be emailed to all on Tuesday, April 26th between 1pm and 4pm.

Application Deadline

Application decisions will be emailed to all on Tuesday, April 26th between 1pm and 4pm for the Fall 2022 semester. Applicants who have completed all requirements prior to the deadline will be given first consideration. Any applications submitted after the March 27 deadline will be denied.

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Application Requirements

  1. Dental Assistant
    • Graduate of an accredited Dental Assistant program – provide official transcripts from the school where you received the award. (Submitting Transcripts)
    • Current Minnesota Licensed/Registered Dental Assistant, (L/RDA) Please upload a copy (front and back) of your Minnesota Dental Assistant License showing both original issue date and expiration date. Upload this as an attachment in the online Dental Hygiene application.
    • If admitted to the program, students must maintain their credential as a Registered Dental Assistant with the State of Minnesota (i.e., pay annual fees, maintain CPR certification and continuing education documentation) while they are enrolled in the program. NOTE: the MN Board of Dentistry accepts all DENH program courses for RDA continuing education credit.
  2. LDA Work Hours
    • Applicants will have at least 1040 hours (approximately equal to six onths full-time work) as a Licensed Dental Assistant (LDA) in the past three years by the application deadline.
    • Applicants with fewer than 1040 hours of work experience will be considered if there are not enough applicants with the minimum 1040 hours.
    • Complete this Work Experience Verification form prior to submitting your Dental Hygiene application. You will need to upload this Work Experience Verification form 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* (MATH 0030 or MATH 60 is a prerequisite to CHEM 1020 or college level math placement)
      • *CHEM 1041 can substitute for CHEM 1020
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I – Century BIOL 2031*   (BIOL 1020 & CHEM 1020 are prerequisites to BIOL 2031)
      • *BIOL 2040 can substitute for BIOL 2031  
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology II – Century BIOL 2032*   (BIOL 2031 is a prerequisite to BIOL 2032)
      • *BIOL 2045 can substitute for BIOL 2032
    • Microbiology – Century BIOL 2035 (BIOL 2032 is a prerequisite to BIOL 2035 but may be taken concurrently with faculty permission)
  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.
    • 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* (MATH 0030 or MATH 60 is a prerequisite to CHEM 1020 or college level math placement)
      • *CHEM 1041 can substitute for CHEM 1020
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I - Century BIOL 2031*   (BIOL 1020 & CHEM 1020 are prerequisites to BIOL 2031)
      • *BIOL 2040 can substitute for BIOL 2031  
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology II - Century BIOL 2032*   (BIOL 2031 is a prerequisite to BIOL 2032)
      • *BIOL 2045 can substitute for BIOL 2032
    • Microbiology - Century BIOL 2035 (BIOL 2032 is a prerequisite to BIOL 2035 but may be taken concurrently with faculty permission)
    • 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 Advising 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
    • All Dental Hygiene applicants are required to comply with the Century College policy regarding course placement 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 their space in the program. It is strongly recommended students complete these courses prior to the application deadline.
  6. High School/GED Transcripts Submit an official high school transcript or an official GED transcript. All applicants must provide official proof of graduation from an accredited high school or GED center prior to the application deadline. The transcript can be emailed directly from the high school to admissions@century.edu or through Parchment to admissions@century.edu We do not recommend having it sent by US Mail.
    • High school graduates from another country must use a translation/evaluation service such as WES or ECE to provide Century College with an  international evaluation of their high school transcript completed and submitted to Century College by the application deadline. This can take 6 weeks or more so plan ahead.
    • Please do not assume Century already has a high school transcript for you if you are a current student. You can check at admissions@century.edu to see if you have an official on file.  All transcripts are due by the application deadline.
  7. College Transcripts - Submit official transcripts by the application deadline from ALL schools previously attended such as vocational, college and university institutions. To be considered Official, the transcript must come directly to Century College.  For more information on how to send transcripts review here.
    • The exception is other Minnesota State System transcripts (such as Minnesota state vocational or Community colleges or the seven state universities NOT U of M). We will have access to those once you apply to the college.
    • If you attended a college/university outside the United States you must use a translation/evaluation service such as WES or ECE to have an international evaluation of your transcript completed and submitted to Century College by the application deadline.  This can take 6 weeks or more so plan ahead.
  8. Application Deadline
    • Applications will be accepted December 15, 2021 - March 27, 2022 for 12 openings starting Fall 2022. Applicants who have completed all requirements prior to the deadline will be given first consideration.

 

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 Hygiene 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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Accreditation

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

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Transfer

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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