Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene program provides students with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community. Students will learn to prepare the operatory, take patient histories, note abnormalities, plan care, teach oral hygiene, clean teeth, take x-rays, apply preventive agents, complete necessary chart entries, and perform other procedures related to dental hygiene care. Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene. Employment opportunities include dental offices, clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education. 

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The following steps are required to be classified as a Pre-Dental Hygiene student (working toward entrance into the Dental Hygiene program.

PHASE I: Apply to Wake Tech.

PHASE II: Apply to the clinical Dental Hygiene (DEN) classes, following the steps below. Note that entry is a competitive process; submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. 

  • Demonstrate chemistry proficiency. The chemistry proficiency requirement may be satisfied by completing ONE of the following: a college-level basic chemistry course from a U.S. regionally-accredited institution with a grade of “C” or better; or one unit of a high school chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better; or CHM 090 (Chemistry Concepts) or an equivalent CHM 090 with a grade of “C” or better; or completion of Wake Tech’s chemistry tutorial (CheMOOC); 

  • Complete 40 hours of job shadowing with a registered dental hygienist.

  • Submit separate application (Form 1544) for the Associate Degree Dental Hygiene program (clinical)  All requirements listed above must have been met or the application will not be reviewed for the pool. Note: A new Dental Hygiene application must be submitted for every deadline

  • Dental Hygiene students will be required to undergo a Criminal Background Check in order to attend select clinical rotations.

  • Once admitted into the Dental Hygiene classes, students are required to attend a mandatory departmental orientation and complete all clinical site requirements.

Note: Wake Tech Community College is continuously evaluating admissions procedures and reserves the right to make changes as necessary.