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Dental Hygiene Program Overview

The Dental Hygiene Program at Cape Cod Community College is a fully accredited program that prepares you for a career in dental hygiene.  Working with skilled professionals in our state-of-the-art clinical environment, you’ll graduate with an Associate in Science Degree and join the ranks of health care professionals who are in high demand.

What does a dental hygienist do?
As a dental hygienist, you are an important part of the dental team.  Hygienists are licensed professionals who provide oral health care services such as teeth cleaning, evaluation of oral health, fluoride treatments, sealants, and x-rays.

Our Program
Learn specifics about courses and program requirements in our Academic Catalog: Dental Hygiene Program.

Admissions Information
Each fall, 24 students are accepted into the freshman class. Visit Admissions to learn about special admissions requirements and deadlines.

Our Accreditation
The Dental Hygiene Program at Cape Cod Community College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation 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 on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: https://www.ada.org/100.aspx

Dental Hygiene Clinic
Dental hygiene students treat patients while under the supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists. Visit Dental Hygiene Clinic for more information.

Dental hygienists examine patients' teeth and oral tissues, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities. They remove calculus, stains, and plaque from teeth; take and develop x-rays; educate patients about diseases that affect the oral cavity and periodontium, and apply cavity-preventive agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants.

Dental hygienists complete a full assessment of the health of the periodontium and prepare a dental hygiene diagnosis as well as clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret.

Dental hygienists also help patients develop and maintain good oral health by educating them on the relationship between diet and oral health and the link between oral health and such serious conditions as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pregnancy complications.

Dental hygienists must be licensed by the state in which they practice. To qualify for licensure, a candidate must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene school and pass both a written and a clinical exam. In addition, most states require an examination on the ethical and legal aspects of dental hygiene practice.

An associate degree is sufficient for practice in a private dental office. A bachelor's degree or master's degree usually is required for research, teaching, or clinical practice in public or school health programs.

Announcement: Solicitation of Third-Party Comments

Date of announcement: May 17, 2021

Cape Cod Community College Dental Hygiene Program wishes to announce that the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA) will be on campus Sept 21 & 22, 2021 conducting a site visit for the continuing accreditation of the Dental Hygiene program.


The United States Department of Education requires that when a Dental Hygiene program is scheduled for review that an opportunity for third party comments is provided. Third party comments may include comments submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental related organizations, patients, and/or consumers. Such comments must pertain only to the standards that guide dental hygiene programs, or the policies and procedures used in the Commission's accreditation process.


The program standards/policies are accessible via the ADA website; www.ada.org or may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1/800-621-8099, extension 4653.


The deadline to receive comments in the Commission office is 60 days prior to the site visit. The comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process. The comments must be signed. Signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program.
Comments must be submitted by July 21st, 2021 to the:

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678

Contact the Dental Hygiene Department

Denise Bridges, Administrative Assistant, Dental Hygiene 
Phone 774.330.4371
Location Maureen Wilkens Hall, G9
E-mail dbridges@capecod.edu