Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Application deadline - May 31

The OTC Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). This accreditation allows the student to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene examination and a State Clinical Board examination. Dental hygiene has a variety of career opportunities: clinical practice, public health, research, educator, pharmaceutical sales, area services, hospital-based treatment, and nursing home care. The dental hygienist is the only member of the professional dental health team, other than the dentist, licensed to provide direct patient care.  Contemporary dental hygiene practice requires that dental hygienists possess a breadth of knowledge and skills in a variety of areas.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Hygienists will experience a much faster than average job outlook.

The OTC Dental Hygiene program will prepare the students to:

  • exhibit the skills necessary to treat all patients
  • provide effective oral healthcare
  • display professionalism and ethical conduct
  • provide community service
  • practice management techniques
  • understand the general dental pharmacology principles

The goals of the Dental Programs are threefold:

  • 1. The student will comprehend, analyze, and evaluate concepts established by evidence-based clinical theory utilized by dental health care professionals (Cognitive domain).
  • 2. The student will demonstrate the ability to apply technical proficiency in skills necessary to fulfill their role as a dental health care professional (Psychomotor domain).
  • 3. The student will exhibit professionalism in areas of personal growth through continuing education, community service, employer expectations, and as members of their professional organizations (Affective domain).

All applicants are required to attend a dental program informational session at least once per academic year, to learn what is required prior to and during the application process. Dental Program Informational sessions are offered frequently and no appointment is necessary.

Questions that cannot be answered via the provided links should be emailed to or contact the Allied Health office in Lincoln Hall, room 210, on the OTC campus, (417) 447-8803, 447-8954 and 447-8804.


OTC Dental Hygiene Clinic is accepting appointments for any member of the community, OTC staff, faculty or students! 

Services provided include: dental cleaning, radiographs, dental exams, and sealants.

To make an appointment please call 417-447-8835 on Tuesday or Thursday from 8am-4pm.


Dental Hygiene - Required Courses

Admission Information

Estimated Program Costs

Dental Hygiene FAQs

Dental Programs Faculty

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