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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is the Dental Hygeiene Program Accredited?
  2. How long is the Program?
  3. What is the appliation deadline?
  4. Who do I contact for advising?
  5. What degree will I have after graduation?
  6. What are the career opportunities?
  7. What is the paid salary for a Dental Hygienist?
  8. How do I apply for the program?
  9. What is the HOBET Test?
  10. Why is the program so difficult?

 


  1. Is the Dental Hygiene Program Accredited?                                                                                     The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval with 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 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commision's web address is: http://www.ada.org/5500.aspx.
  2. How long is the Program?
    • The Dental Hygiene Program is 2 years long after being accepted, begining in August of each year.  To qualify for selection a student must complete 29 credits of prerequired courses (see the Degree Plan).
  3. What is the appliation deadline?
    • April 1st. Mailed applications must be postmaked by April 1st.  Application packets are usually available around the 2nd week of February.
  4. Who do I contact for advising?
  5. What degree will I have after graduation?
    • Associates of Applied Science
  6. What are the career opportunities?
    • This degree can lead to many exciting and rewarding careers. A few examples would be as a clinician, researcher, administrator/manager, educator, an advocate, and as a consultant.    
  7. What is the paid salary for a Dental Hygienist?
    • According to the Bureau Labor Statistics, in 2012 the median pay was $70,210 annually or $33.75 per hour.
  8. How do I apply for the program?
    • Begin by applying at DACC Admissions
  9. What is the HOBET Test?
    • The HOBET Test is a Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test.  The HOBET provides an objective measurement of your critical reading ability, evaluates your level of success with basic mathmatics, identifies how you approach studying, and identifies which learning approach is most effective for you.  It also identifies test and learning styles, social intereaction profile, stress level and test taking skills, which will help faculty to assist students to be successful in the program.  The test will be available at the DACC East Mesa Campus.  If you have any further questions you can call the DACC Testing Services @ (575) 527-7569.
  10. Why is the program so difficult?
    • The curriculum is very rigorous and has a heavy emphasis on dental health sciences and clinical sessions demand a high level of technical skill and the application of dental hygiene theory.  All courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or above to ensure continued enrollement.  Continuance of the program is based upon academic criteria and adherance  to attendance and other program policies that are in the class syllabi and in the clinic policy and procedures manual.  Satisfactory progress is necessary for eligibility to take licensure examinations.