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 2027. 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

  • TEAS Testing Requirements for Health Sciences Applicants

    A TEAS Exam score is required to apply to the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiology, Sonography, and Vocational Nursing.

    If you are not applying to one of the programs above, then you are not required to take the TEAS Exam at this time. Please refer to the Application Process page for your program to see all application requirements.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology I Assessment Testing Suspended for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Registration

    Due to COVID-19 and in response to ACC campuses limiting access to essential personnel only, the A&P I Assessment Test has been suspended for the remainder of the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 registration periods.

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  • Dental Hygiene Application Requirements Update

    The Dental Hygiene Observation Form will not be required for the entering Fall 2021 application period. For more information, email Teri Frank at teri.frank@austincc.edu.

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