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Dental Hygiene

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Median Dental Hygienist salary in Indiana
Annual Dental Hygiene Salary Range
$61,905 - $83,350
Wage data taken from U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Indiana. (2021).

The Dental Hygiene program features a state-of-the-art dental clinic that serves as the primary clinical education facility for the program.  Our students treat a wide variety of patients from the community in the clinic.  The Dental Hygiene program at Ivy Tech features small class sizes, which allow for more one-on-one interaction with faculty in the clinic that uses the most current technology for providing dental hygiene care.

This program begins in the fall semester each year and lasts for two years.  It is a full-time, primarily daytime program, and students are in class, labs or clinic Monday – Friday for 16-26 hours per week.  In addition, the Dental Hygiene program is a selective admission program.  When you apply to the college, you would be accepted into the Healthcare Specialist program with a concentration in Dental Hygiene while you complete the prerequisite requirements. All applicants are required to take the TEAS exam.  The Dental Hygiene program accepts a limited number of students each year and there is a separate application process.  

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The dental hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

In addition to meeting the requirements outlined in the Essential Functions, students who are admitted to the program will be required to pay for and submit to a criminal background check, drug testing and physical exam.  The details and process will be provided at an orientation.  Please contact the program faculty for more detailed information.

Our Graduates

Students in the Dental Hygiene program will be eligible to take all licensing exams prior to graduation and apply for dental hygiene licensure upon graduation.  Successful completion of national, regional and state exams is required for licensure which is required for employment.  Once licensed, you will be able to begin working as a dental hygienist.  Our graduates are currently working as hygienists in private dental offices, corporate dental offices and public health facilities.

Application Information

Program Requirements - Dental Hygiene

Application Link

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Degrees & Certificates

Please select our degree below for class and location information. More information is available on this degree in the dropdown above.

Academic Catalog: Review the program degree requirements and course descriptions.


Associate of Applied Science
(76 credit hours = 7 semesters)

When applying to the college you should select “Healthcare Spec Dental Hygien” as your desired program of study and “Associate of Applied Science” as your intended program degree.  You will be accepted into Healthcare Specialist with a concentration in Dental Hygiene while you complete the prerequisite requirements.   

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Completion Guide

Completion guides provide the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week term. Courses are also numbered to show an overall number for students taking fewer classes at a time. Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take.

Associate of Applied Science - Dental Hygiene

Program Locations

The Dental Hygiene program is offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.