School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

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Dental Hygienist

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105081


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

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Dental Hygienist


  • 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‚Äôs 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.

To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you have been admitted in a pre-petition status, your next step is to complete the Dental Hygienist Petition Requirements.

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019               Fall 2019 and Spring 2020


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Pre-Dental Hygienist Courses

The following courses must be completed prior to acceptance into dental 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

3 credits



1 credit


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

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

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Program Costs:
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 35 34 34
    Number of Surveys Sent 35 34 34
    Number of Surveys Returned 33 26 28
    Percent of Surveys Returned 94.30% 76.50% 82.40%
    Available for Employment 33 26 26
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 92.90%
    Not in Labor Market 0 0 2
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 7.10%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 31 25 25
    Percent of Graduates Employed 93.90% 96.20% 96.20%
    Employed in Related Occupation 30 24 22
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 96.80% 96.00% 88.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 1 3
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3.20% 4.00% 12.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 2 1 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 6.10% 3.80% 3.80%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.5 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 33 26 28
    Very Satisfied 22 14 17
    Percent Very Satisfied 66.70% 53.80% 60.70%
    Satisfied 11 12 10
    Percent Satisfied 33.30% 46.20% 35.70%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 3.60%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 33 26 28
    Preparation for Getting a Job 19 17 17
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 57.60% 65.40% 60.70%
    Career Change 9 8 8
    Percent Career Change 27.30% 30.80% 28.60%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 2 1 2
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 6.10% 3.80% 7.10%
    Personal Interest 2 0 1
    Percent Personal Interest 6.10% 0.00% 3.60%
    Other 1 0 0
    Percent Other 3.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 31 25 25
    Before Enrollment 1 1 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 3.20% 4.00% 4.00%
    While Attending the College 3 4 4
    Percent While Attending the College 9.70% 16.00% 16.00%
    After Training at the College 27 20 20
    Percent After Training at the College 87.10% 80.00% 80.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 31 25 25
    In College District 19 13 17
    Percent In College District 61.30% 52.00% 68.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 10 10 7
    Percent of In Wisconsin 32.30% 40.00% 28.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 3.20% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 2 1
    Percent Location Unknown 3.20% 8.00% 4.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 17 15 11
    Average Monthly Wage $4,298 $4,495 $4,511
    Average Hourly Wage $24.99 $26.13 $26.23
    Average Work Hours per Week 36.5 37.2 37.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 13 7 10
    Average Hourly Wage $27.15 $26.78 $28.10
    Average Work Hours per Week 27.1 27.6 26.8
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 21 202
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 27 192
    Total Jobs 48 394
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Adams Family Dentistry Dental Hygienist Adams
    Associated Dentists Registered Dental Hygienist
    Children's Dental Center Of Madison Dental Hygienist Waunakee
    First Choice Dental Group Dental Hygienist Verona
    Forward Dental Group Dental Hygienist 3
    Forward Dental Group Dental Hygienist Sun Prairie
    Great Day Dental Dental Hygienist
    Mac Dental Dental Hygienist Green Bay
    Midwest Dental Dental Hygienist
    Midwest Dental Registered Dental Hygienist
    Midwest Dental Registered Dental Hygienist Pardeeville
    More Smiles Wisconsin Dental Hygienist
    O'Leary Dental Dental Hygienist Janesville
    Palmer Dental Dental Hygienist Janesville
    Park Dental Dental Hygienist Somerset
    Parkview Dental Associates Dental Hygienist Sun Prairie
    Robinson & Prijic Family Dental Dental Hygienist Janesville
    Self-Employed Dental Hygienist
    West Prairie Dental Dental Hygienist Sun Prairie

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