What is Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Integrated Program?
Are you interested in working in the Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene field? A dental assistant is a member of a dental health team that provides chair side assistance to the dentist as well as laboratory and x-ray procedures. A dental hygienist provides cleanings, exams and x-rays under the supervision of a dentist. A separate admission process must be completed in order to be considered for the Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene Program.
What are my career choices?
Dental hygienists work in offices of dentists. A very small number work for employment services, offices of physicians, or other industries.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
- Associate of Applied Science Degree
- Dental Assisting
Would you like more information?
- Dental Hygiene Checksheet (PDF)
- Dental Hygiene Information Packet (PDF)
- Selective Admission Criteria (PDF)
Community Dental Health Coordinator
New to Big Sandy, the Community Dental Health Coordinator Program teaches students to work within a community to provide oral health education in a variety of settings. Coordinators are typically recruited from the communities similar to those they will serve. This is a one year program, and more information about the program can be found on the American Dental Association CDHC website.
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.