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Dental Hygiene

PINWhat is a dental hygienist?

The Dental Hygiene Program* prepares the students to function as dental hygienists on a dental auxiliary team under the supervision of a dentist.

*Credential granted by Henderson Community College but also taught at West Kentucky Community & Technical College.

CalculatorWhere could I work? What will it pay?

An example of workplaces in your local area:

  • Dental clinics

The range of wages for dental hygieists is as follows:

  • Visit to find out dental hygienist salaries in your area.

ClockHow long will this program take?

It will take a minimum of 4 semesters to get an associate degree in dental hygiene. The program begins in fall and is four consecutive semesters in length.

For length of time to get a diploma or certificate AND for a complete list of required courses:
click on "What credentials are available?" to access specific academic plans.

BookWhat credentials are available? (Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Associate Degree — Dental Hygiene | Download the academic plan

An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.


There are no diplomas available for this program.

Diploma programs are usually short-term and less comprehensive than associate's degree programs. WKCTC offers diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren't pursuing full-time degrees. Diploma programs usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area or skill and can lead you toward entry-level employment in a professional field.

G.E.D.I. (Gainful Employment Disclosure Information) refers to an employment situation where the employee receives consistent work and payment from the employer.


There are no certificates available for this program.

A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

ChartHow do I apply for this program?

The application deadline for the dental assisting program is March.

• Applications for dental assisting will be submitted to WKCTC and applications for dental hygiene will be submitted to Henderson Community College (HCC).

• Number of students accepted at each site:
WKCTC: 12 dental assisting | 6 dental hygiene
HCC: 4–6 dental assisting | 6 dental hygiene

• Verification of attendance at a pre-admission conference (either online or ITV) must be on file. Pre-admission conferences are offered the 3rd Wednesday of each month from September to January (excluding December). If you are unable to attend a pre-admission conference, you can view the online pre-admission conference presentation.

TelephoneWho can help me? What else do I need to know?

Henderson Community College
Kim Dean

Carrie Hopper

AcceptAccreditation / Program Success

American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

HeartPatient Information

Services Performed in the Dental Hygiene Clinic

The services will be performed by a dental hygiene student under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygiene faculty. Services performed are limited to preventive treatment and are not intended to take the place of regular dental visits. Preventive treatment provided includes:

  • Oral Examination
  • Oral Prophylaxis (Cleaning and Polishing the teeth)
  • Oral Health Instructions
  • Necessary Radiographs (x-rays) - (referred to your dentist upon request)
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Sealants
  • Teeth Whitening – at selected times of year – limited to a restricted number per year

Length of Appointments

Treatment in the clinic proceeds at a slower pace than a dental office since the services are performed by the students and carefully evaluated by instructors. Usually preventive patient visits to the clinic take two or more appointments for 1-4 hours each visit based on patient needs. We want to provide you with the best possible care, so please be patient. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

For patients new to the clinic an initial screening appointment is necessary prior to being scheduled for preventive services. At this time a medical and dental overview is made in order to determine length/number of appointments necessary to complete treatment based upon your individual needs.

Becoming a Patient

  • The clinic is open mid August to mid December and mid January to end of April (based upon school semester schedule). Clinic hours vary each semester – in the fall semester, clinic days are Wednesday and Friday from 8-5; in the spring semester clinic days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-5.
  • The clinic is open to interested adults and children in the community. Appointments must be made in advance.
  • Please contact the Dental Hygiene Division Assistant at 270-534-3437 to schedule an appointment.

Cancellation of Appointments

The dental hygiene student has numerous clinical requirements to fulfill. They depend on YOU to help them in fulfilling these clinical requirements. If for some reason you cannot keep your appointment, please call the clinic at least 24 hours prior to your appointment to reschedule an appropriate time. This courtesy allows the dental hygiene student to give your appointment to another patient. Because of our busy schedule missed appointments, excessive cancelations or tardiness cannot be tolerated. Patients may be dismissed if missed appointments, excessive cancelations or tardiness becomes habitual behavior. The student's learning process and completion of clinic requirements for graduation and board examinations are jeopardized when a patient does not follow through with appointments. Your cooperation will allow us to better serve you.

Required Forms for your Appointment

Please print the following forms and bring the completed forms to the dental hygiene clinic on the day of your appointment. If you are unable to print the forms, please contact the dental hygiene division assistant at 270-534-3437, and they will mail you the necessary forms for you to complete and bring with you on the day of your appointment.

For New Patients ONLY:

If you are taking any medications, please write on a paper the name of the medication and the dosage of the medication and why you are taking it OR bring the medications with you.

Fees for Services -- Note:  Payment is expected at initial visit.

 Procedure Fee 

Prophylaxis (Cleaning) with Fluoride Treatment 

      Adult  $45 
      Child (age 12 and under) $35 
      KCTCS Faculty/Staff/Student  $35 
      Senior Citizen (age 65 and older)  $35 
Radiographs -- Included in prophylaxis fee -- as prescribed by Faculty Dentist NC
Sealant (per tooth) $5 each
Supplemental Periodontal Therapy Medicaments (Arrestin $25
Mouth guard/Fluoride Tray $35
Bleaching Trays $65
Professional Strength Bleaching Strips $40

We Want You to Come Back

Although the Dental Hygiene Clinic is committed to providing you with preventive procedures, we are also committed to partnering with your general dentist for comprehensive dental care. Successful preventive dental health care must be maintained on a regular schedule. Due to the dental hygiene students’ required clinical experience with certain case difficulties, it may mean that it will not be possible to schedule your dental cleanings as frequently as you would like at our facility. We encourage you to seek services from your personal dentist when the dental hygiene students are unable to meet your preventive care needs.

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