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 in 2 years (full-time attendance)
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  • Program Overview

    Madison College is here to support your academic and professional goals. At this time, applications are not being accepted for the Dental Hygiene program due to the volume of students waiting to be admitted. The Madison College Career and Employment Services area is ready to assist you with exploring one of the College’s 140 exciting programs.

    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

    YOUR ADVANTAGES AT MADISON COLLEGE

    • 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.

    Careers

    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)

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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
    Choose from Microbiology or General Microbiology:
    Summer Semester
    The following must be taken prior to fall/first semester:
    First Semester
    Second Semester
    Third Semester
    Fourth Semester
  • Admission

    Madison College is here to support your academic and professional goals. At this time, applications are not being accepted for the Dental Hygiene program due to the volume of students waiting to be admitted. The Madison College Career and Employment Services area is ready to assist you with exploring one of the College’s 140 exciting programs.

    After Acceptance

    If you were previously 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 will be required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements must be amended any time accreditation requirements are updated or changed. Requirements may also be amended based on Madison College programmatic assessment data.

  • 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:

    • 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
    • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status

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

    Fall 2021 and Spring 2022                 

    Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

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

    Questions?

    Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    Wisconsin 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.
    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.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
    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.
    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.

    Non-Wisconsin 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.
    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.
    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.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
  • 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

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 36 36 32
      Number of Surveys Sent 36 36 32
      Number of Surveys Returned 25 28 19
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 23 27 18
      Percent Available for Employment 92.0% 96.4% 94.7%
      Not in Labor Market 2 0 1
      Percent Not in Labor Market 8.0% 0.0% 5.3%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 23 26 17
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 96.3% 94.4%
      Employed in Related Occupation 21 26 16
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 91.3% 100.0% 94.1%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 0 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 8.7% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 1
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 5.9%
      Seeking Employment 0 1 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 3.7% 5.6%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.5 3.4
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 25 27 18
      Very Satisfied (4) 11 13 7
      Percent Very Satisfied 44.0% 48.1% 38.9%
      Satisfied (3) 12 14 11
      Percent Satisfied 48.0% 51.9% 61.1%
      Unsatisfied (2) 1 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 4.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 4.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 25 27 19
      Preparation for Getting a Job 16 17 10
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 64.0% 63.0% 52.6%
      Career Change 7 8 7
      Percent Career Change 28.0% 29.6% 36.8%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 1 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 3.7% 0.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 0 1 2
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.0% 3.7% 10.5%
      Personal Interest 1 0 0
      Percent Personal Interest 4.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Other 1 0 0
      Percent Other 4.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 22 26 16
      Before Enrollment 1 3 1
      Percent Before Enrollment 4.5% 11.5% 6.3%
      While Attending the College 3 1 0
      Percent While Attending the College 13.6% 3.8% 0.0%
      After Training at the College 18 22 15
      Percent After Training at the College 81.8% 84.6% 93.8%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 23 27 17
      In College District 16 22 11
      Percent In College District 69.6% 81.5% 64.7%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 6 2 6
      Percent of In Wisconsin 26.1% 7.4% 35.3%
      Outside of Wisconsin 1 2 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 4.3% 7.4% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 1 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 3.7% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 14 16 8
      Average Monthly Wage $4,851 $4,865 $4,591
      Average Hourly Wage $28.21 $28.29 $26.69
      Average Work Hours per Week 38.1 37.0 36.9
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 5 10 7
      Average Hourly Wage $31.20 $33.98 $31.37
      Average Work Hours per Week 30.2 28.3 27.4
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Dental Express Staffing Dental Hygienist
      Dental Health Associates Dental Hygienist Fitchburg 2
      Dreier Family Dental Registered Dental Hygienist Janesville
      Excellence in Dentistry Dental Hygienist
      First Choice Dental Registered Dental Hygienist Waunakee
      First Choice Dental Group Dental Hygienist Verona
      Haye Dental Group Dental Hygienist Janesville
      Lancaster Dental Dental Hygienist Lancaster
      Madison Pediatric Dental Dental Hygienist Monona
      Midwest Dental Dental Hygienist Evansville
      Midwest Dental Registered Dental Hygienist Cross Plains
      Midwest Dental Registered Dental Hygienist Pardeeville
      Oak Park Dental Dental Hygienist Platteville

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

Contact the School of Health Sciences

Madison Truax Campus
Health Building, 103

1705 Hoffman Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

healthsciences@madisoncollege.edu
608.616.1250

Hours

Virtual Service Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 am - 3 pm
  • Friday: 9 am - 12 pm