Dental Hygiene

A dental hygienist is a licensed professional with hands-on preventive healthcare responsibilities. Dental Hygienists work under the supervision of dentists in dental offices or as independent contractors in state licensed healthcare facilities. Dental hygienists examine, clean and polish teeth, note conditions of decay, disease and deviations from normal oral health. They administer local anesthetics, place temporary and permanent fillings, take impressions of teeth, give fluoride treatments, apply sealants, and take and process X-rays.

Hygienists also educate patients regarding proper oral healthcare. Necessary skills include: good judgment and decision making abilities, good hand/eye coordination and precision, manual dexterity to move small objects, visual acuity noting details in color/ shape, ability to work with people as a team member, ability to calm nervous patients, and good listening and communication skills.

The Dental Hygiene program at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) is available as a result of a very unique cooperative partnership with Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. Our partnership with Carl Sandburg College gives you the opportunity to take many of your classes (38 credits) through EICCD. Once accepted into the Carl Sandburg College program, you will take dental hygiene related classes in Galesburg and complete clinical experiences at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in Iowa City.

Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by April 1st. A new class will begin each fall.

Through a unique partnership with Carl Sandburg College located in Galesburg, Illinois, students can complete some of their courses at Clinton, Muscatine or Scott Community College and transfer them to the Dental Hygiene program at Carl Sandburg College. Students attend dental hygiene courses in Galesburg and pay the Carl Sandburg in-district tuition rate for these courses. For more information, please contact:

  • Dental Assisting Instructor
    Barb Nichol
    Scott Community College

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Locations: Clinton Community College, Muscatine Community College, Scott Community College

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