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Dental hygienists play an important role in promoting health by helping patients understand the connection between good oral health and overall healthy bodies. Dental hygienists provide patient education and individualized therapeutic services to help patients reach their oral health goals. NWCCD’s Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree program partners with the University of Wyoming to give you the option of simultaneously completing a Bachelor’s degree. The NWCCD Dental Hygiene program is offered only on the Sheridan College campus.
Demand is high for Dental Hygienists across the state and region. Ongoing research that connects oral health to general health will continue to increase the demand for preventative dental services, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics predicts that the field of Dental Hygienists will experience 33% job growth, adding more than 64,000 jobs from 2012-2022.
Many dental hygienists will work in clinical practices which include family general practices, pediatric practices, and periodontal offices. Some dental hygienists work in Public Dental Health Clinics, Indian Health Service (IHS) Clinics, and VA Dental Clinics. Others pursue careers in education, research, legislation, and public advocacy. To help you prepare for your career in Dental Hygiene, NWCCD offers numerous resources, including:
We are proud to see our Dental Hygiene students graduate with Associate degrees from NWCCD and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wyoming.
Our NWCCD Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene is one of the leading programs in the Rocky Mountain Region. We have experienced and educated faculty members and a low faculty-to-student ratio so you will experience individualized instruction. NWCCD’s Dental Hygiene program also offers rotations to several off-site clinics, as well as a full on-campus dental hygiene clinic to broaden your experience and understanding of patient needs. Our cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment provides you current didactic and clinical experiences.
The Dental Hygiene program at Sheridan College accepts 24 students each year. As a student, you will develop strong friendships and learn to work well as a team. Our students enjoy this relationship with each other and with their patients. The setting of our program at the foot of the beautiful Bighorn Mountains offers lots of outdoor experiences many find appealing while they are students here.
Sheridan College has a cooperative agreement with the University of Wyoming. This unique partnership gives you the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from UW while simultaneously earning an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from NWCCD. The Bachelor of Science option offers increased career opportunities, and can be completed during the program or at a later time.
Many NWCCD graduates join private dentistry practices, employed by a dentist providing dental hygiene care to patients. Many dental hygienists make a life-time career of this type of employment, or pursue research or education opportunities.
NWCCD faculty work hard to provide you exceptional and extensive clinical experiences, giving you the confidence to enter the professional field.
The faculty in the Sheridan College Dental Hygiene program are dental hygienists who want to make a difference for students and the communities they serve. We are committed to providing you the best education possible and are dedicated to providing support for your success and the safety of the public.
The NWCCD faculty strive to help you accomplish your academic goals in order to be prepared for clinical and national board exams. NWCCD provides multiple opportunities and experiences to prepare you for the clinical world of dental hygiene after graduation.
NWCCD’s cooperative agreement with the University of Wyoming provides our students a path toward a Bachelor’s degree, which opens up even more employment opportunities.
Learn more about applying for the Sheridan College Dental Hygiene program.