Located on the Lowry Campus, the Community College of Denver offers one of the most respected and largest dental hygiene programs in the state.

It is also one of only three community colleges in Colorado offering an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. In this program, the instructional efforts are progressive and innovative, including a 22-chair dental hygiene clinic with individual operatories. The entire building at Lowry is solely dedicated to the instructional needs of the dental hygiene program and its students. As a student, you will begin learning dental hygiene skills in a laboratory setting and proceed to supervised clinical practice with patients, and all classroom work emphasizes dental sciences.

After you have completed the dental hygiene program at CCD (65 credits) along with the required prerequisites (28 credits), you will earn an associate’s degree, and will be ready to take the licensure exam to become a registered dental hygienist. In that role, you will be a preventive oral health professional, providing educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to dental patients. This opens the door for you to work in a private dental practice, community dental health clinic, public school, clinical or basic science research laboratory, state or federal health facility, or in a management position with an entry wage of $35 to $45 per hour.

Program Costs & Expenses

Students should begin planning early for financial aid to meet their educational goals and needs. The Program utilizes a variety of online resources in order to limit costs that are passed along to our students.
The following serves as an estimate of the expenses associated with the Dental Hygiene Program

Costs are subject to change without notice. The fees listed are estimates only. Variations may occur without being posted on this website. This information is meant for planning purposes only.

FULL-TIME TUITION Review tuition and basic fees.  
SUPPLIES Books $700
Magnifying Loupes (estimate only) $1,200 - $1,500
Student Kit* $3,500
OTHER Clinic Usage Fee, Malpractice Insurance (estimated fall/spring semester) $400
Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (SCADHA) $65
Background Check, Drug Testing $120
Uniforms (scrubs, lab coats, stethoscope, and other related items) $300

*The student kit, and scrubs will be ordered during Spring Orientation. Do not purchase these on your own as the Dental Hygiene Program has already made the necessary arrangements. The student kit and clinic scrubs should last throughout the course of study.

FULL-TIME TUITION Review tuition and basic fees.  
SUPPLIES Books $350
OTHER Clinic Usage Fee, Malpractice Insurance (estimated summer/fall/srping semester charge) $800
Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (SCADHA) $65
Cavitron (optional) $650
Board Fees: National and Regional $1,600