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About the Dental Hygiene Program

How to Get Started 

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College. 

Application and Admission 

The two-year Dental Hygiene program begins each fall semester in August with a maximum capacity of 20 students. The application filing period is from Jan. 1–May 31 each year before the upcoming fall semester and is by a competitive application process.

Download the Dental Hygiene information packet

Program Location

All Dental Hygiene classes are taught at El Centro College’s Mockingbird campus at 1250 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 500, Dallas, Texas 75247. See the map 

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in Health Occupation programs are required to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program. 

Tuition

Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours. 

Compare that to what you'd pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency. 

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need. 

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses required for: 

The program prepares graduates to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) and a regional clinical board in order to apply for licensure by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to become a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). 

Developing Skills for Success

Our facility includes a work-practice setting that is an actual community clinic. Students have access to the most current technology, including:

  • Digital radiographs (X-rays)
  • Intra-oral cameras
  • Dental management software programs

The community clinic offers free teeth cleanings and expects to provide more than $600,000 worth of free dental hygiene services a year to more than 3,000 people. That not only offers a valuable service to the community, but gives you immediate hands-on practice. 

Licensure 

The program prepares graduates to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) and a regional clinical board in order to apply for licensure by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to become a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). 

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page. 

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

The El Centro College Dental Hygiene program holds the accreditation classification of "approval without reporting requirements" through the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA): 211 East Chicago Ave., Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60611; 800-621-8099.

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Faculty Profiles 

Dental Hygiene faculty members have advanced degrees as well as field experience in the profession, so they can relate to the challenges you face at work. Instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job.  

See profiles of some of our Dental Hygiene faculty.

Transfer Information

Dental Hygiene courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process. 

Contact Us 

If you have questions about the Dental Hygiene program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.