Dental Hygiene


Core Courses

  • Medical Terminology
  • Head and Neck Anatomy for the Dental Hygienist
  • Tooth Morphology
  • Oral Histology and Embryology
  • Oral Radiology
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene
  • General and Oral Pathology
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene II, III, and IV
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene II, III, and IV Seminars
  • Introduction To Periodontology
  • Biomaterials for the Dental Hygienist
  • Ethics and Jurisprudence
  • Special Needs Patient Education
  • Pharmacology
  • Periodontology
  • Community Oral Health I
  • Pain Control
  • Community Oral Health Service Learning Experience
  • Interdisciplinary Health Care
  • Independent Study Clinical Dental Hygiene

You will be required to complete background screenings, including a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry before participating in clinicals.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 86
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



Our graduates can be employed in many dental areas, including:

  • Private dental practices
  • Specialty practices
  • HMOs
  • Long-term care/geriatric centers
  • Community outreach organizations

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Dental Hygienists $61,100 $70,600 $75,300

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Delta Dental of Iowa Johnston, IA
Dental Associates of Manchester Manchester, IA
Henry Schein Dental Melville, NY
Iowa Department of Public Health Des Moines, IA
Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry Waterloo, IA
Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. Des Moines, IA
Peoples Community Health Clinic, Inc. Waterloo, IA

Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for the Dental Hygiene program, students must provide the Admissions office with the appropriate documentation showing completion of all requirements. Appropriate documentation consists of:

  • Updated assessment scores. -AND/OR-
  • A transcript or academic evaluation showing successful completion of course requirements (i.e. developmental coursework).

It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Monitor their progress towards meeting admissions requirements,
  • Notify the Admissions office when requirements have been met, and
  • Provide the Admissions office evidence of meeting the requirements.

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Dental Hygiene program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Step #2: Required Assessment / Success Courses

Students must meet the minimum assessment score or have completed the required success course in each math, English, and reading.

Math 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra  19 259 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics 2.80 MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
Reading 76 82 19 251 2.80 RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III
Writing 82 Sentence Skills 65 19 253 2.80 ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the ACCUPLACER assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

* Success course credits do not apply towards graduation requirements.

Step #3: Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite coursework may be completed at Hawkeye Community College or at any accredited transfer institution. See the suggested sequence of study for a list of prerequisite courses.

Once all prerequisite coursework is completed, contact the Admissions office immediately.

Step #4: Dental Hygiene Program Acceptance

Applicants who meet all admission requirements in steps 1–3 will be accepted into the next available seat to the program.

If the number of eligible students exceeds the number of available seats, students will be accepted in the following order, otherwise will be accepted into the next fall semester:

  1. Completion date of all required prerequisite coursework.
  2. Eligibility date — Determined by either :
    • The date the student registered for their final prerequisite course at Hawkeye OR
    • The date the Admissions office received transcripts showing completion of prerequisite courses at another accredited institution.
  3. Grade Point Average — Determined by grades in prerequisite courses.

Accepted Students

Prior to the first day of classes, accepted students must:

  1. Have a physical exam with immunization record on Hawkeye Community College form.
  2. Attend a Mandatory Compliance Training session. Students will be notified of the Mandatory Compliance Training at their orientation and registration session.

Changes are taking place within healthcare facilities nationally. These changes directly affect all health programs at Hawkeye Community College. The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO), which accredits healthcare facilities across the country, enforced background screening September 2004 and has set requirements mandating that students in a healthcare field must now complete the same background check as hospital employees. As a Health student of Hawkeye Community College, you will be required to complete a criminal background check, sex offender, child abuse and dependent adult registry. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Contact Us

Admissions Coordinator Stacy Fleshner Email Stacy Fleshner 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Dental Administrative Chair Emily Boge Email Emily Boge 319-296-4302 Grundy Hall 138
Academic/College Success Advisor Lisa Wright Email Lisa Wright
Schedule an appointment with Lisa Wright
319-296-4014 Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Program Advisor Katie Gisleson Email Katie Gisleson 319-296-2329 ext.1359 Grundy Hall 140
Program Advisor Alexis Rusnak Email Alexis Rusnak 319-296-2329 ext.1360 Grundy Hall 156
Administrative Assistant Brenda Bartz Email Brenda Bartz 319-296-4010 Tama Hall 110
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email Gene Leutzinger 319-296-4457 Grundy Hall 135

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