Dental Hygiene Department
The Dental Hygiene program prepares students to become qualified Dental Hygiene practitioners. A Dental Hygienist's primary responsibility is to promote optimal oral health through preventive and educational services.
Graduates of this program are granted an Associate's in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and are eligible to take the National Board Exam in Dental Hygiene and the Regional or State Licensing Exams.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) 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 can be contacted at (312) 440-2500 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
Thank you for your interest in the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Program. We are proud of our unique dental hygiene program, which includes one year of prerequisite coursework and two years of dental hygiene. Our clinic uses the EagleSoft software for both clinical and practice management. Our radiography department is digital. If you are comfortable with computer technology, sciences, and care about helping people, our program may be right for you.
Important Information about the KVCC
Dental Hygiene Program:
- Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
- An on-campus, state-of-the-art dental hygiene clinic in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
- Fourteen dental chair clinic with four x-ray operatories.
- Low faculty/student clinical ratio to provide students with the opportunity for an interactive learning environment.
- Courses on local anesthesia and pain control are part of the students’ education.
- Computerized client file/scheduling programs.
- Computer experience needed includes: keyboarding, use of a mouse, and some software problem solving skills.
- Community based clinical experiences.
- Diversified client base.