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Dental Hygiene

Do you like to work with your hands and are you meticulously thorough at everything you do? Do you enjoy working with people? CFCC’s Dental Hygiene program could be the right fit for you!

Update for Fall 2023

The CFCC health science/nursing faculty and Student Services units rolled out new testing guidelines for health science and nursing applicants. Starting for fall 2023, the TEAS test (by ATI; versions 6 and 7 only) will be used in place of the PSB and must be completed successfully before filing an Intent to Apply.

For more details, please visit the Health Science Enrollment Center , FAQ page , or CFCC Testing Services .

CFCC’s Dental Hygiene program prepares students for careers as oral health professionals.

The Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) is a member of the dental team who provides preventive oral health care. In North Carolina, the RDH works under the direct supervision of the dentist to perform oral health assessments and oral cancer screenings, acquire radiographic images, provide oral health education, provide therapeutic treatment including prophylaxis (cleaning), apply sealants and fluoride to prevent decay, and give nutritional counseling. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, as well as a regional and state examination, which is required for licensure to practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Employment opportunities for the registered dental hygienist include the following settings: private practice dental office, public health, prisons, state/federal clinics, nursing homes, hospitals, and educational institutions.

Selective Admission Process

The dental hygiene program has a selective admission process that includes an application period and point count ranking. Twelve students are accepted each year in August for the five-semester program. There is no waitlist for the program. All applicants must go through the application process each spring. Minimum requirements are subject to change each academic year.

Note: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, no observation hours are required prior to filing an Intent to Apply.


The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation .

Commission on Dental Accreditation

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

211 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-2678

The Commission on Dental Accreditation site visitors will be on campus to review the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs on March 1, 2, and 3, 2023. The programs are required to inform you of our pending accreditation visit and the opportunity for you to make your concerns available to the Commission. The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures also require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review. All comments must relate to the Commission’s standards, policies, and procedures. Your comments need to be addressed to the Commission before January 1, 2023.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and the Commission’s policy and procedures for submitting comments may be obtained on the Commission’s website at coda.ada.org, by calling 312-440-4653 , or by emailing coda@ada.org .

Quick information

Application Period
January 27, 2023 – April 5, 2023
Information Sessions
Information sessions are being held virtually. Please arrive on time.

Thu Jan. 19, 2023 12 p.m. EST Access the Info Session

Meeting ID: 822 4375 5692
Passcode: 370193

Tue Feb. 14, 2023 4:00 p.m. EST Access the Info Session

Meeting ID: 823 4659 2284
Passcode: 207652

Dental Hygiene Course Information
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