About Our Program

Located on the Lowry Campus, CCD offers the largest and one of the most well-respected 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.

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