Dental Hygiene

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Program Overview

Degrees & Certificates

Expand career opportunities and build on two-year technical degrees with BAS programs that emphasize hands-on learning, typically focused on a particular industry.
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  • Credits to complete: 195.0
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - 8 | Part Time - Part Time Option Not Available

About the Program

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health - Dental Hygiene at Seattle Central College combines classroom education in anatomy, chemistry and pharmacology from expert faculty with hands-on practical experience in our innovative Dental Education Clinic – preparing you for a rewarding career at the forefront of patients' oral health.

Dental Hygiene instructor and student with patient

Career Opportunities

As the population continues to grow, demand for skilled dental hygienists is booming, and the field is expected to grow by as much as 20% by 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  A dental hygienist provides oral care to prevent oral health diseases, screens for oral cancer, works in a high-demand job market with flexible scheduling opportunities. Dental Hygienists may also work in a variety of healthcare settings, including:

  • Private dental offices
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Public health clinics
  • Managed care organizations
  • Nursing homes
  • Correctional institutions

In addition to providing patient care, licensed dental hygienists work as educators, researchers, healthcare administrators and in business settings. Here is more information about the dental profession.

Dental Education Clinic

The partnership between Seattle Central College, Neighborcare, and Delta Dental built a state-of-the-art Dental Education Clinic in the iconic Pacific Tower. The Dental Education Clinic is home to Seattle Central College’s Dental Programs and partners with Neighborcare to provide affordable quality oral care in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. This learning model is the first of its kind in the nation allowing students to learn their profession while working with a Federally Qualified Health Center. The partnership enables dental hygiene students to practice treatment and care with guidance and supervision from experienced, licensed dental professionals.


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