Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene careers offer good pay and job security. If you are interested in a health care job that’s in high demand and has opportunities for career growth, dental hygiene might be a good fit for you. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with people on a daily basis and enjoy the added benefit of a stable work atmosphere.

Dental Hygiene At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Dental Hygiene jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence


A Well-Rounded Education

Your training in El Centro College’s Dental Hygiene program will include courses such as Dental Radiology, Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist, Periodontology and General and Oral Pathology. Additional courses include: General and Dental Nutrition, Community Dentistry, Speech Communications, Composition and Social Psychology. You'll learn computer programs specific to your career and have access to the latest technology from digital radiographs to intra-oral cameras. You'll also learn how to communicate with patients, solve problems and work with other members of the health care team.

Our facility includes a clinical setting that mirrors a community dental practice, so you'll have a hands-on opportunity to practice skills taught in the classroom. Classes are taught by seasoned faculty who have both teaching and professional experience. Acceptance to the Dental Hygiene program is a competitive selection process based primarily on grade point average in prerequisite courses, as well as other factors.

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Degrees and Licensing in Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

  • 24 months to complete*
  • $4,012
View Prerequisites and Degree Plan Details in the Catalog

*Length of time is based on full-time student status, a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Cost is based on tuition rates for program hours and Dallas County residents. It does not include additional supplies, fees or books. Find out about financial aid.


Exams and Licensing

Graduates are prepared 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).  

Some courses may transfer to other institutions. Students should contact the transferring institution for details.

The El Centro College Dental Hygiene Program is granted the accreditation classification of “Approval (without reporting requirements)” by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit


Dental Hygiene Services for the Community

The El Centro College Dental Hygiene Program provides dental hygiene services for community members through a teaching clinic. Patients participating in the clinical setting are part of the teaching process.

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What Our Students Are Saying

Aracely Murillo
Dental Hygiene Student
“I’ve been learning so much since day one in this program — the more I read, the more it prepares me for my future career. The teachers here are helping me prepare for the real world.”

Read more of Aracely's story


Need to get your feet wet before jumping all-in?
Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Mountain View and Richland College offer a continuing education Dental Assisting program, which can provide entry-level dental assisting experience.