Students in the Dental Hygiene program learn in a modern dental clinic that serves as the program's main clinical education facility. There, students treat a variety of patients from the community.
Through clinical experience and coursework, Dental Hygiene students learn about topics such as:
Clinical dental hygiene
Public health dental hygiene
Supportive dental hygiene
Patient assessment, oral tissues and overall health
Clinical therapeutic services
Students of the Ivy Tech Dental Hygiene program are eligible to take all licensing exams prior to graduation and then apply for dental hygiene licensure upon graduation. Upon passing all national, state, and regional exams, graduates begin their career as a Licensed Dental Hygienist.
Day-to-day dental hygienists will work with patients to provide periodontal treatment and assess their overall dental health. They may also provide additional support to dentists on more complex procedures.
Within the profession, dental hygienists can work in private dental offices, corporate dental offices, or public health facilities.
The Dental Hygiene program at Ivy Tech has a selective admissions process, which means not all students who apply to the program will be accepted. Students start by applying to Ivy Tech and enrolling in the Healthcare Specialist with a Dental Hygiene interest. During their first semester, students will complete prerequisite course requirements needed to then apply to the Dental Hygiene program.
A completion guide provides the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week terms. For students taking fewer classes at a time, the courses are numbered to show the overall number that will be taken.
“The Ivy Tech Anderson Dental Hygiene program set me on the path for professional success. My drive to succeed was met with dedicated and supportive staff members who want you to thrive. I am extremely proud of my education and am so thankful for this program.”
–Megan S., RDH | 2011 Grad, Associate of Dental Hygiene
“The professors with the Dental Hygiene program went above and beyond to help me reach my goals. I am forever grateful and honored to have learned from them and for the impact they made in my professional journey.”
–Nancy S., RDH | 2017 Grad, Associate of Dental Hygiene
“The Ivy Tech Dental Hygiene program in Anderson is the place to be if you are interested in making life-long friends, having professors who support you, and getting thorough knowledge and practice to become a dental hygienist.”
–Patricia Flores, RDH | 2018 Grad, Associate of Dental Hygiene
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