Dental Hygiene


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Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Program

A dental hygienist is a licensed health care professional. Dental hygiene is the science and practice of the recognition, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program are eligible to work in any number of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, and nursing homes. Learn more by following the links below, or check out the Dental Hygiene FAQ.

The Dental Hygiene Program at Austin Community College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda.

The CODA will accept comments and complaints about our Program. The Commission will consider only formal, written, signed complaints, unsigned complaints will be considered “anonymous complaints”, oral complaints will not be considered. Anonymous comments/complaints may be received at any time and will be added to the respective program’s file for evaluation during the program’s next scheduled accreditation site visit. The next program site visit by the Commission is scheduled to occur in 2026. An appropriate complaint is one that directly addresses a program’s compliance with the Commission’s standards, policies and procedures.

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Dental Hygiene Updates

  • Admissions selection criteria has changed.

    The ranking formula for the Dental Hygiene Program has changed. To view the new Admissions Ranking Worksheet, click here. A minimum score of 58.7 is required on both the Reading and English Language Usage sections of the TEAS exam. Please review the Application Process page for more details.

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  • The ACC Early Alert Referral System

    The ACC Early Alert Referral System (EARS) is a new resource hub for ACC students seeking assistance with Academics, Health Care, Child and Family Care, Mental Health, Transportation, Civil Rights, Food Assistance, and more. Click here to visit the website.

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  • Dental Hygiene Patient Information

    If you would like to be a patient, please call our office at (512) 223-5710 to schedule a screening appointment. For related information, click here.

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