Dental Assisting Program and Dental Hygiene Program | BSCTC

Dental Assisting Program and Dental Hygiene Program

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Create beautiful smiles for a living as a dental assistant or hygienist. Gain the technical and interpersonal skills essential for work in a dentist’s office.

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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 Program or Dental Hygiene Program.

Deadline to Apply and Pre-Admission Conference Dates

September 9, 2022

October 7, 2022

November 11, 2022

January 13, 2023

February 17, 2023

Conferences will be conducted from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST on Microsoft Teams. Please contact Dr. Jill Keaton at to request a meeting link.

The Deadline to Apply to the Dental Assisting Program or Dental Hygiene Program is March 1, 2023. Please contact Dr. Jill Keaton at for additional information.

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

  • Dental Hygiene


  • Dental Assisting


  • Community Dental Health Coordinator

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Additional Information

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.

Program Locations

The Dental Hygiene Program and Dental Assisting Program are offered on the Prestonsburg Campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg (Johnson Building) and the satellite location on the Laurel Campus of Somerset Community College (Building 1) in London. Full-time and part-time faculty and staff are available at each location to provide instruction.

Prestonsburg Location

Big Sandy Community & Technical College
1 Bert T. Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Johnson Building, Room J115

Laurel Campus Location

Laurel Campus of Somerset Community College
100 University Drive
London, KY 40741
Building 1

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Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Integrated Program