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Dental Hygiene

Carl Sandburg College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Our hands-on program prepares students to become a dental hygienist in two years (including one summer). This limited enrollment program successfully prepares students to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination, the respective clinical dental hygiene board examination, and the examination for registration as a dental hygienist in the respective state.


Application Dates

Students can apply online to the Dental Hygiene Program from October 1 - February 15. The application deadline date is February 15 for Fall enrollment. Applications submitted before or after this timeframe will not be accepted. 

Anyone interested in this program must first complete the steps to enroll to become Carl Sandburg College student. Apply here!

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Dental Hygiene academic advisor prior to applying to the program.

Admission Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Although it is not required, it is recommended that applicants complete some of the required Dental Hygiene Program general education courses prior to the start of the program due to the rigorous quality of the program. General education courses do not have to be taken at Sandburg, although course equivalences should be verified prior to enrolling in courses at other institutions. All courses, including all program courses and pre-requisites courses, must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

All applicants must meet the following Dental Hygiene program admission criteria to be eligible for selection review.

  1. Have a minimum of 18 admission points as calculated on the Admission Points Worksheet. 
  2. Completed and signed Program Application Checklist on file by the application deadline.
  3. The following courses from sections a) or b) must be completed with a grade of (C) or higher.
    a) BIO 101 – General Biology or equivalent
                           AND
        CHM 100- Concepts of Chemistry or equivalent*

                                OR
         b) BIO 211 – Anatomy and Physiology 1*
                                AND 
             BIO 212- Anatomy and Physiology 2*
                                AND
             BIO 200 – General Microbiology *

All classes in this section are part of the Dental Hygiene program requirements.

* All science courses must be less than seven (7) years old at the time of application.

There are 30 seats in the program annually. Of the 30 seats available each year, spaces are reserved for Carl Sandburg College, Spoon River Community College, Black Hawk College, Southeastern Community College and Eastern Iowa Community College residents; any remaining spaces are available to include other districts. 

Carl Sandburg College reserves the right to postpone the start of a program or cancel the program based on enrollment numbers, clinical site availability, and/or instructor availability.

Special Note:
If an applicant has been convicted of a felony, he/she should consult the laws concerning licensure in the state or states in which he/she wishes to practice. This program requires CPR certification and Hepatitis B vaccination prior to entering dental hygiene classes. Details for this requirement are presented at the mandatory meeting.

If a student is unable to participate in and/or complete clinical/practicum/internship courses required for the program due to a positive drug test which includes marijuana, they are not eligible for a refund of any tuition, fees, or other expenses incurred while preparing for admission into the program and while enrolled in the program.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:      
The Welcome Center
309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

Careers

Dental hygienists may work in various capacities, including clinical practice, education, sales and marketing, research, public health, administration or as an entrepreneur. Clinical settings require dental hygienists to follow strict infection control procedures to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases. Flexible hours are common.

Dental Hygienist


Employment

Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2028. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly salary of dental hygienists was $35.97 in May 2018. Earnings vary by geographic location, employment setting and years of experience.Flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of this job. Full-time, part-time, evening and weekend schedules are widely available. Hygienists are frequently hired to work only two or three days a week, so hygienists may hold jobs in more than one dental office. Dental hygienists work in offices that are clean and well lit, and they must follow important health safeguards, including wearing safety glasses, masks and gloves to protect themselves from bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases. 

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Sample Schedule

Sample schedule for Dental Hygiene

 

PROGRAM FORMAT

Courses in this degree are offered face-to-face in the classroom and through clinical experiences in our dental hygiene lab.

CLASS FORMATS

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, it is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable computer with broadband internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

Click here for a list of the class formats.

Estimated Cost

Dental Hygiene cost sheet

Estimated Cost For Supplies


FINANCIAL AID

To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

 

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

  • Hancock County 550 N. Madison St., Carthage, IL 217.357.6749      
  • Warren/Henderson County 1025 S. 2nd St, Monmouth, IL 309.734.4745
  • Knox County Bondi Building, 311 E. Main, Suite 612, Galesburg, IL 309.343.9832               
  • McDonough County 440 N. Lafayette, Macomb, IL 309.837.1280


SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am not admitted to the program or placed on an alternative list and no spaces are available do I have to apply again?

Yes, applicants who are denied admission to a program and wish to apply for a subsequent academic year must repeat the application process in its entirety. As a result, no application files are carried over from prior years, which allows the evaluation process to begin anew Oct. 1 of each year.

 

How do you evaluate applications?

Admission to limited enrollment programs is competitive and selection is based on candidates’ overall academic performance. All prospective students for the dental hygiene program must submit all admission materials and meet admission requirements before their applications will be considered for review. The most qualified applicants who are residents of the Carl Sandburg College district or who are residents of a community college district participating in a cooperative agreement with Carl Sandburg College will be given preference for admission to the programs.  Please refer to the Admission Selection Points Worksheet for ranking criteria.

 

When will I know if I am accepted to the program?

Applicants will be notified in writing within two weeks of the admission meeting of admission status.  After the review of applications, each student will be offered admission, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission. Alternates will be offered conditional admission as positions on the conditional admission list become available. All students, including those on alternate lists, are required to attend a mandatory meeting to receive program-specific information and hear the discussions that take place.

 

How do I hold my seat if I am accepted? 

Applicants who are admitted (including alternates) to Dental Hygiene program must pay a $100 acceptance fee when notified of initial program admission status to guarantee a place in the program to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office. 

 

Will I receive credit for the $100 to hold my seat?

For the student fully admitted to the program, the $100 will be applied towards the first-semester tuition. Students who accept their seat and drop for any reason will forfeit their money. Alternates who are not admitted will receive a refund.

 

 

Accreditation

The dental hygiene program has been approved by the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, or at 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611


Licensure

Graduates from the dental hygiene program will be eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination, the respective clinical dental hygiene board examination, and the examination for registration as a dental hygienist in the respective state.

 SANDBURG DENTAL HYGIENE BOARD SCORES
  • 2019 Written 85% Clinical 96%
  • 2018 Written 94% Clinical 89%  
  • 2017 Written 73% Clinical 86%
  • 2016 Written 93% Clinical 74%

 

 

Meet our Instructors

Carla J. Eagen
Instructor, Dental Hygiene

Stacy J. Kosier
Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene
Coordinator, Dental Hygiene Program

Kristina Gray
Dean of Health Professions


Department of Health Professions                                                                                                
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401                                                                                                                    
Phone: 309.341.5299  

Student Organizations

Student American Dental Hygiene Association (SADHA) 

The Student American Dental Hygiene Association's purpose is to cultivate, promote and sustain the art and science of dental hygiene, to represent and safeguard the common interest of the members of the dental hygiene profession, and contribute toward the improvement of the oral health of the public. Students eligible are those students currently enrolled in the Carl Sandburg College Dental Hygiene program.

Advisor: Stacy Kosier 309.344.2595 or skosier@sandburg.edu