Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Available at: West Campus

Program Overview

The Dental Hygiene Program prepares the student for the dental hygiene field. A dental hygienist's primary duties include:

  • providing patients with regular oral prophylaxis
  • advanced periodontal therapy
  • dental x-rays
  • dental sealants
  • dental health care instruction for the control of oral diseases and the promotion of oral health.

Graduates will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. They are eligible to take written examinations including the jurisprudence exam and the national, clinical regional, and state board licensing examinations. After passing these examinations, graduates apply for licensure to practice dental hygiene under the general supervision of a licensed dentist.

The Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year program and runs from August to May each year. Along with classroom lectures, first-year dental hygiene students learn instrument manipulation by practicing on each other and x-ray skills by practicing on dental mannequins in the first semester. First-year dental hygiene students begin patient treatment in the second semester of the Dental Hygiene Program. Students continue to treat patients during the remainder of the program.

The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. A Dental Advisory Committee assists College officials in the implementation of the curriculum under the standards established by the Commission.

Students, patients, and other interested parties of the Dental Hygiene Program may provide comments to the Commission office. These comments must pertain only to the accreditation standards of the program or policies and procedures used in the Commission's accreditation process. A copy of the accreditation standards, the Commission's policy on third-party comments, and/or the Commission's Evaluation Policies and Procedures may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653.



Have questions, please call (361) 698-2858 to schedule an appointment with a Dental Hygiene Advisor.  Appointments are normally scheduled for in-office but can be requested to be by email or phone.



    The Mission of the Del Mar College Dental Hygiene Program is to produce a quality dental hygienist in terms of education, technical expertise, communication skills, and competency in interpersonal relationships.  The program provides instructional support with a low student-faculty ratio at a reasonable cost to the student and experiences a high licensure and employability rate.  The Dental Hygiene Program renders dental hygiene services to the community.

    Following are the goals of the Dental Hygiene Program.  In order to advance the mission of Del Mar College and to demonstrate the unique characteristics of occupational education and technology, the dental hygiene program will:

    • Educate students to be quality dental hygienists using skilled faculty in a state-of-the art environment with current scientific technologies and resources.
    • Provide comprehensive laboratory and clinical experiences to advance the students' technical expertise to a level demanded for successful licensure and employability.
    • Develop oral and written communication skills through interactive patient management experience and exposure to collaborative learning needs.
    • Render community service to fulfill the dental health and occupational needs of the South Texas area.
    • Provide opportunities for faculty to model for students the process of valuing continuing education and participation in professional organizations.
    • Preserve the accessibility of dental hygiene education for a diverse population with a variety of educational goals.

Page last updated July 25, 2019.