Dental Hygiene

Careers

Positions

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 $56,300 $68,700 $74,900

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Employers

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 minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACCUPLACER:
Next Generation
Success Course *
19 Math 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra 259 QAS MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
19 English 82 Sentence Skills -OR-
06 Essay
65 English 253 Writing ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II
19 Reading 76 Reading 82 Reading 251 Reading RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III

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.

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