So many teeth, so little time. Sure, a hygienist cleans them – but there’s so much more. Play a vital role in patient health.
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Dental Hygienist
Program Number: 105081
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
70 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    The two-year Dental Hygienist associate degree program at Madison College prepares you to work side by side with dentists.

    The dental hygienist inspects the mouth, administers local anesthesia and chemotherapeutic agents, removes stains and deposits from teeth, applies preventive agents, prepares clinical and diagnostic tests, completes dental x-rays and performs many other services related to mouth care. Dental hygienists also counsel patients about preventive measures such as nutrition, oral hygiene, and dental care.

    Top Career Training

    The Dental Hygienist Program is widely respected by leading dentists throughout Madison, Wisconsin. Students develop top skills from their hands-on experience at our on-campus dental clinic, which serves real patients from the area. Dental hygiene graduates work for many top dental organizations.

    Strong Job Opportunities

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 38 percent employment growth for dental hygienists by 2020. In addition to dental technician positions, Madison College graduates work as dental hygienist instructors, dental lab technicians, public school hygienists and more.

    Dental Hygienist graduates are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and clinical examinations given under the direction of the State of Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board, the American Dental Association's Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, and Central Regional Dental Testing Services, Inc.

    Please note: Upon admission to the Dental Hygienist program, you will be required to complete a background check and multiple immunization requirements, and provide documentation of current Health Care Provider CPR certification.

    Program Details

    Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Sciences programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Sciences Forms and Policies.

    Students in the Dental Hygienist program must attend full time. 

    Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. 

    Dental Hygienist classes are offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax


    • Study with award-winning Madison College faculty and receive personalized attention and real-world training.
    • Get vital hands-on experience, working with patients in our on-campus dental clinic located in Madison College’s state-of-the-art Health Education Center at the Truax campus. 
    • Our graduates have an exceptionally high first-time pass rate on the required Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS), a state requirement to practice dental hygiene.


    Graduates of the Dental Hygienist program are able to find employment as the following:

    • Dental Hygienist

    With additional education and/or work experience, dental hygiene graduates also may find employment as:

    • Dental Hygiene Instructor
    • Public Health Hygienist
    • Dental Laboratory Technician
    • Dental Sales Representative
    • Member of Dental Examining Board
    • Public School Hygienist
    • Dental Hygiene Administrator in hospital setting

    MATC's Dental Hygienist program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

    High Demand Program

    The current trend is 3 years between acceptance and the start of core program classes. The application for pre-program re-opened on September 15, 2023. 

    Hoping to start college sooner?

    Check out our other health programs or get in touch with recruitment for individualized help. 

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Pre-Dental Hygienist Courses
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    Summer Semester
    The following must be taken prior to fall/first semester:
    1 credit
    First Semester
    4 credits
    2 credits
    4 credits
    Second Semester
    4 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    5 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    2 credits
    1 credit
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

    • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
    • The application re-opened on September 15, 2023. The current trend is 3 years between acceptance into pre-program status and the start of core classes. It is unknown what the estimated wait time will be for Fall 2024 and forward. The estimated time to enter the core program is subject to change based on the variable number of students ready to petition each semester.
    • Learn more about the Madison College experience and get help with the admissions process

    After Acceptance

    Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.

    Additional Notes

    Students are required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements are subject to change based on updates to accreditation requirements or Madison College program assessment data.

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  • Petition

    After Acceptance

    After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.

    Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:

    • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status
    • Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
    • Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
    • Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program

    You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the links below.

    Fall 2023 and Spring 2024      

    Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

    After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core-program courses through the Petition Process.


    Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    WTCS wide articulation. Dental Hygiene Applied Associate Degree transfers to the Bachelor's in Dental Hygiene Completion.
    Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.

    Out-of-State Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Dental Hygienist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Model dental hygiene professional code of ethics
    • Counsel clients/patients to reduce health risks
    • Provide community oral health services in a variety of settings
    • Manage infection and hazard control
    • Assess data on all aspects of patient/client health using methods consistent with dental hygienist scope of practice and legal principles
    • Formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan in collaboration with the client and other health professionals
    • Provide preventive and therapeutic services that promote oral health according to the needs of the patient/client
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented client/patient dental hygiene care plan
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates323335
      Number of Surveys Sent323335
      Number of Surveys Returned192324
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment182322
      Percent Available for Employment94.70%100.00%91.70%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market5.30%0.00%4.20%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed172322
      Percent of Graduates Employed94.40%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation162022
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation94.10%87.00%100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation020
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%8.70%0.00%
      Employed - No Response110
      Percent Employed - No Response5.90%4.30%0.00%
      Seeking Employment100
      Percent Seeking Employment5.60%0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses182323
      Very Satisfied (4)71214
      Percent Very Satisfied38.90%52.20%60.90%
      Satisfied (3)11119
      Percent Satisfied61.10%47.80%39.10%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses192323
      Preparation for Getting a Job10910
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job52.60%39.10%43.50%
      Career Change7116
      Percent Career Change36.80%47.80%26.10%
      Improvement of Existing Skills011
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%4.30%4.30%
      Preparation for Further Education214
      Percent Preparation for Further Education10.50%4.30%17.40%
      Personal Interest012
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%4.30%8.70%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses162222
      Before Enrollment141
      Percent Before Enrollment6.30%18.20%4.50%
      While Attending the College029
      Percent While Attending the College0.00%9.10%40.90%
      After Training at the College151612
      Percent After Training at the College93.80%72.70%54.50%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses112219
      In College District112117
      Percent In College District100.00%95.50%89.50%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin011
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%4.50%5.30%
      Employer Location Unknown001
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%5.30%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count81314
      Average Monthly Wage$4,591$5,478$6,205
      Average Hourly Wage$26.69$31.85$36.07
      Average Work Hours per Week36.936.436.7
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count747
      Average Hourly Wage$31.37$38.12$36.43
      Average Work Hours per Week27.429.627.4
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Artisan DentalDental Hygienist2
      Bender, Kind, Stafford DentalDental HygienistFort Atkinson
      Dental Health AssociatesDental Hygienist
      Dental Health AssociatesRegistered Dental Hygienist
      Dental Implant and Periodontal Specialists LLCRegistered Dental Hygienist
      Dlight DentalDental HygienistWashingtonDC
      Dr. Karl'sDental HygienistWaunakee
      First Choice Dental GroupRegistered Dental Hygienist
      First Choice Dental GroupDental Hygienist
      Fisher Family DentalRegistered Dental HygienistDeForest
      Forward Dental GroupDental Hygienist2
      Haye Dental GroupDental HygienistJanesville
      Heartland DentalDental Hygienist
      Madison Pediatric DentalDental HygienistMonona
      Mineral Point Family DentistryDental HygienistMineral Point
      Neighborhood SmileDental HygienistBelleville
      RiverTown DentalDental HygienistLa Crosse
      Robinson and Projic Family DentalDental HygienistBeloit
      Scinico Family DentalDental Hygienist

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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Madison Truax Campus
Health Building, 103

1705 Hoffman Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704


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