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

  • Anatomy and Physiology I Assessment Testing Suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 Registration Only

    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 this testing period and the Fall testing period. Students will not need permission to register for BIOL 2401 for Summer '20 and Fall '20 registration periods ONLY.

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  • Note to applicants regarding “P/NP” grades due to COVID-19:

    A "P" grade will count for course completion of a prerequisite and co-requisite, but will not be calculated in determining the GPA for ranking purposes and could impact your total ranking score. For questions regarding choosing a "P" versus a performance grade (A,B, C), please contact Teri Frank at teri.frank@austincc.edu.

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  • COVID-19 update for Dental Hygiene program applicants

    Notice of admission to the Dental Hygiene program is delayed due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

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