Dental Hygienist

Associate in Applied Science

Dental hygienists are healthcare professionals that play an important role in a dental office to help patients understand the importance of oral health and how to care for their teeth and gums.

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ICC’s Dental Hygienist Program has state-of-the-art equipment in the clinic as well as a simulation lab. Students will learn how to clean patients’ teeth, process x-rays to be interpreted by the dentist, and apply cavity-preventing materials such as flouride treatments and sealants.

A Quality Education

The ICC Dental Hygienist program is approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Get Involved

Students have the opportunity to join student chapters of the American Dental Hygienist Association and the American Dental Educators Association.

Career Opportunities

Dental Hygienist


24 Months

if Full Time

6 Semesters76.5 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25
variable tuition

What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.


20 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

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The most rewarding part of teaching is when a student has a light bulb moment with a concept that has been challenging and we can celebrate that achievement.

Dr. Cathleen Korondi , Professor and Program Coordinator 2012-2022, Dental Hygienist
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How Do I Get Into the Dental Hygienist Program?

Take your interest in biology, human anatomy, and healthcare into a rewarding career as a Dental Hygienist. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Submit health science application.
  3. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  4. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
  5. One year of high school algebra with “C” average or higher (See the ICC Catalog for additional information.)
  6. One year high school lab science including chemistry or biology with a “C” average or higher (See the ICC Catalog for additional information.)

What Can I Expect As a Dental Hygienist Student?


The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body of the American Dental Association. Contact information for ADA/CODA, 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL, 60611-2678.Phone: 312-440-2500.

Additional Opportunities

Innovative Bridge to Health Careers

The Innovative Bridge to Health Careers Program is an 8-week program that will engage participants in training designed to introduce and academically prepare them for entry into the various health science career paths.

Learn More

How Am I Going to Manage This?


Edwards Library / Administration Building » L220C
East Peoria Campus
Mon-Thur: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Fri: 8 am – 2 pm